CfP Hate Crimes (Book Series: Comic and Violence)
Hate crime is a wide-spread phenomenon in history. As an analytical category, however, applied in various disciplines from law via social sciences to historiography, it is rather new. The last three decades have seen an attempt at describing and defining acts as hate crimes, most notably in North America and Western Europe. Definitions so far characterize them as bias-motivated acts of violence against individuals or social groups, who have become victimized because of their ethnic, social, political, or religious background, their sexual orientation, sex, phenotype or membership in a certain cultural group, for example a youth club, society, or association. Whereas term and concept are now hotly debated in the Social Sciences and in Law, there is as yet little if any discussion of the matter in historical scholarship.
One of the forthcoming volumes of the book series “Comic and Violence” will venture out into this new field in historiography in order to explore how far it may be considered a workable concept to analyze history. Case studies from antiquity to present times are to show how and in what way historical events or acts may be defined as hate crimes and how this impinges upon interpretations of this event or act put forth so far. An underlying aspect of the case studies selected for closer scrutiny should be the series’ central subject on the seemingly oxymoronic combination of comic and violence.
The volume will focus on crimes against individuals or social groups victimized because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Contributions may deal with but need not be restricted to:
̶ the function of comic in media
̶ comic as a means of playing down the act of violence and legitimizing self-fashioning
̶ comic in the perception of the witness/audience/recipient
̶ irony and black humor in the narrative perspective and the audience’s perspective
̶ irony and black humor as a means of the victim’s self-protection in order to keep his dignity.
The volumes of the series “Comic and Violence” have an average length of about 80 pages. The volume on hate crimes with contributions in English and German will be published in late 2013.
We are looking for submissions from specialists in Ancient as well as Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History. Authors are invited to submit an abstract (max. one page) and a short CV by September 15th, 2012, either in English or German to the editors, Prof. Dr. Angela Schwarz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and PD Dr. Sabine Müller (email@example.com).
Prof. Dr. Angela Schwarz
Germany Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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