[Ethnocomm] Conferences, Calls, and Announcements

Durham, Aisha aishadurham at usf.edu
Fri Dec 6 08:44:10 EST 2019

Category: Conferences, Calls, and Announcements
Name: Aisha Durham, aishadurham at usf.edu
Subject: Call for Papers: Special Issue: Cultural Studies of Florida

Working the Circuit: Cultural Studies of Florida

Guest Editors: Aisha Durham, Wesley Johnson, and Sasha Sanders, University of South Florida

Florida figures prominently in the US American imaginary. It is a spectacular state of escape for spring breaking coeds, disneyfied kids, and sun-seeking “snowbirds” who flock south among resettled retirees, new migrants, longtime locals, and Indigenous communities to cocreate a cultural mélange of cosmopolitan, coastal, and country sensibility. Long before a presidential New Yorker relocated to a rebranded neo-confederacy, news media and new media already reduced its carnivalesque oddity to a meme. This special issue departs from shorthand comedic snapshots of the Sunshine State by providing methodologically thick, fleshy interpretive analyses that take seriously its cultural politics, people, and popular forms. It attends to the aims and scope of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research by privileging experiential, experimental, and embodied approaches represented as personal narrative, textual experience (Durham, 2014), intersectional and decolonial cultural critique, performative writing, mystory, and critical autoethnography. “Working the Circuit” invites inventive research about cultural practices, products, policies, and performances by drawing from the canonical circuit of culture model (du Gay, Hall et. al, 1997), which emphasizes the interrelated nature of culture and power permeating each key moment.

“Working the Circuit,” is a timely special issue for two reasons: It highlights meaningful conversations about the state when it will take center stage during the upcoming presidential election, and when it will become the home-base for big fan communities with WrestleMania 36 and SuperBowl LIV.  In addition to national popular and political events, local conversations about cultural difference, climate change, precarity, and participatory democracy in Florida set the stage for broader ones in US American society.  In both spheres, Florida is a site of critical inquiry that is timely and important to the development of contemporary cultural studies.

Suggested topics for the special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:


Claws (2017-present)

Climate change

Cultural citizenship

Cultural difference

Culture wars

David Makes Man (2019)

Disney, Disney World, or Disneyfication

Dream Defenders and #BlackLivesMatter


Freakshows and carnivals

Glocalization and transnationalism

Intracultural and intercultural contact zones

Jane the Virgin (2014-2019)

Mass shootings (Parkland, Pulse)

Migration and immigration

Moonlight (2016)

Most Expensivest  (2017-present)

Music culture


Reality television


Serial killers (Howell Donaldson, Ted Bundy)

Social media activism, social movements

Space and race relations

Sports and game culture

Spring break



Youth culture

Submission Timeline

1.15.2020:  Deadline for 100-word abstracts sent to aishadurham at usf.edu (“Circuit” in subject line)

2.12.2020:  Notification of acceptance

3.30.2020:  Deadline to upload manuscripts to the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures

5.18.2020:  Deadline to submit revised manuscripts

5.01.2021:  Publication of special issue

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (2017) with endnotes. Manuscripts should be prepared in a 12-point common font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 7,000 words including tables, captions, and endnotes. Visit the journal page for additional information about the form, format, and organization of the full manuscript.

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research is a peer-reviewed journal. Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by a Special Issue Editorial Board and should not be under review by any other publication venue. To inquire about this special issue, please contact:

Aisha Durham, Associate Professor

Department of Communication

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS1040

Tampa, FL 33620

aishadurham at usf.edu

Guest Editors

Aisha Durham is an Associate Professor of Communication and 2019 Fulbright-Hays Fellow at the University of South Florida. She is a cultural critic who uses autoethnography, performance writing, and Black feminist-informed intersectional approaches to examine power, identity, and popular culture. Research about hip hop feminism is published in her monograph, Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Performances in Communication and Culture, and her edited books Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method, and Policy, and Home Girls Make Some Noise! Hip Hop Feminism Anthology.

Wesley Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Pasco-Hernando State College and a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida where he uses critical media studies and autoethnography to examine white rage, masculinity, and policing in popular culture.

Sasha Sanders is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Her embodied, reflexive approach to exploring media and culture engages Black feminist thought, critical cultural studies, and performance studies in Communication.

Dr. Aisha Durham
Associate Professor of Communication
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Fellow
Email: aishadurham at usf.edu
Office: (813) 974.2145
Fax: (813) 974.6817

Faculty Page<http://communication.usf.edu/faculty/adurham/>
Department of Communication
College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 3050
Tampa, FL 33620-7800

Campus Mail Stop: CIS1040

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