Historical Memory in the Radical Tradition, journal issue
JSR: Journal for the Study of Radicalism invites article submissions for a special issue on historical memory in American or international radicalism. For many years, scholars have argued that radical activists and protest writers reject history to embrace a series of fresh starts - a “break” from the past - in their calls for social change. Recently, however, scholars have begun to debunk prevailing assumptions that radical movements and their protest literature are without historical memory. They have observed that protest rhetoric has long called upon an ancestry, or tradition, of dissent. Scholarly works that examine the palpable pasts of activist history and literature now include James Green’s Taking History to Heart (2000), Lisa Gail Collins’s The Art of History (2002), John McMillian and Timothy Patrick McCarthy’s The Radical Reader (2003), John Ernest’s Liberation Historiography (2004), Manning Marable’s Living Black History (2006), and Zoe Trodd’s American Protest Literature (2006).
Possible subjects for article submissions include (but are not limited to): memories of specific activists, writers, and texts across time; adaptations of protest texts; shifting conceptions or meanings of “revolution”; patriotism and the protest tradition; rewriting the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in the American protest tradition; nostalgia; historical memory in utopian and dystopian visions; remembering Vietnam during the Iraq war; nineteenth-century woman’s rights and the second and third wave feminist movements; labor activism and the connection between wage-slavery and chattel-slavery; refashioning African-American music and protest in modern Hip Hop culture; rephotographing Depression-era images; protest history as kinship drama; protest literature as folk process; the concept of a “usable past.” We are particularly interested in articles that deal with historical memory in the tradition of protest literature and art (including film, photography, and music), but also welcome submissions that focus upon the history of social protest movements rather than literary or cultural representations.
Submissions should be 20-30 pages in length and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Please include a one-paragraph abstract, and a brief author bio. Images for possible use in an article should be 300 dpi, and authors are responsible for requesting and receiving permission to reprint images for scholarly use. Send queries, proposals, and articles to the guest editors, Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Zoe Trodd, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The deadline for submitting completed articles is December 30, 2007, and we encourage early submission to facilitate the review process. See http://www.msu.edu/jsr for more information on the journal.
JSR — a print academic journal published by Michigan State University Press — is devoted to serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. With sensitivity and openness to historical and cultural contexts of the term, we loosely define “radical,” as distinguished from “reformers,” to mean groups who seek revolutionary alternatives to hegemonic social and political institutions, and who use violent or non-violent means to bring about socio-political change.
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