*Call for Papers*
We are inviting abstract submissions for a proposed companion volume to
our edited collection /The Colorblind Screen: Television in Post-Racial
America/ (NYU Press, 2014).
Tentative Title: */Colorblind Hollywood: Movies in Post-Racial America /*
Twenty-first century America adheres to a politics of colorblindness.The
election of Barack Obama and his two terms as president helped create
this complex cultural moment that many have deemed
post-racial.Colorblind racism denies differences based on skin color by
simply refusing to see color: the rhetoric of colorblind racism then
enables the reinforcement of dominant ideologies and institutional
practices by negating difference.Sociologists, political scientists,
historians, economists, and media studies scholars have been central in
defining and describing the manner in which colorblind racism functions
as the major discursive strategy for the maintenance of racial
inequities in the United States today.
*/Colorblind Hollywood: Movies in Post-Racial America /*will consider
the influence of this discourse of colorblind racism on contemporary
American film.This project offers an important intervention in the study
of the cinematic representation of race as manifest through one of the
dominant global mediums for cultural negotiation and exchange.This
collection will examine cinematic renderings of the current racial
landscape of this country and its manifestation through a multiplicity
of identity positions that include race, ethnicity, class, and gender.
Although the study of the role of race in Hollywood film is not unique,
what distinguishes this project is the lens through which race will be
viewed, namely, that of the politics of colorblind racism.Contemporary
Hollywood reflects a prescribed sense of diversity; this project will
consider how that diversity is constructed and, more importantly, how
that construction is read by a viewing audience that adheres to a
politics of colorblind racism.
Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
Gender and sexuality
Audiences and spectatorship
The representation and performance of ethnicity, biraciality, and race
Please submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Sarah E. Turner
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) and Sarah Nilsen
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) by September 1,
2015.Successful submissions will be notified by the end of September.
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