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Sarah E Turner <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:44:42 -0400
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*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:

Socio-cultural/historical approaches

Critical/theoretical debates

Industry/institutional approaches



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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