This cluster issue of Radical Teacher, “Teaching Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and Corona,” seeks innovative essays, poems, personal narratives, and creative non-fiction on teaching Afrofuturism as a means to counter various forms of Black erasure, including but not limited to literal, representational, and material erasure(s), during coronavirus. We invite scholars to embrace the dynamic nature of Afrofuturism and submit works that demonstrate its power to influence and shape a future of Black agency and self-actualization by countering erasure. To this end, we ask authors to consider using Dewitt Douglas Kilgore’s view of Afrofuturism, as an aspirational “cultural force, an episteme that betokens a shift in our largely unthought assumptions about that histories matter and how they may serve as a precondition for any future we may imagine” as a launching pad. Complete manuscripts are due May 3, 2021.
Deadline Extended | Radicalizing the Liberal Arts: Confronting Race, Racism, and Power in Small College Settings
Radical Teacher is seeking articles that discuss the intersections between Small Liberal Arts Colleges (SLACs) and movements for racial justice. Some liberal arts colleges are bastions of radical teaching, pedagogy, and commitment to confronting racism and power. Historically, liberal arts colleges have served as spaces of specialized learning and innovative pedagogy, which can extend towards the pedagogy of racial liberation. Some small liberal arts colleges have created academic centers that articulate their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice both on and off campus, such as the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education at Berea College. Deadline: March 1, 2021.
Complete manuscripts are due January 15, 2021.
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