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2011 Special Issue: 'Race Matters' in the Obama Era Mark P. Orbe, Guest
Editor Submission Deadline: October 28, 2010
Barack Obama's improbable journey from Illinois State Senator to
President of the United States of America has been documented through an
abundance of national and international media outlets. The historical
significance of his election is undeniable and provides a valuable
opportunity to explore the realities of race in the U.S. For instance,
some see President Obama's rise to the highest office in the land as
evidence of a 'postracial America;' others critically examine how his
election has exposed the degree to which public perceptions remain
steeped in racialized realities. Regardless of one's perspective(s),
one thing is certain: President Obama's election represents a moment in
time that begs for scholarly analysis in regards to "who we are, where
we've been, and what the emergence of a leader like Obama can tell us
about our culture, our politics, and our future" (Asim, 2009, p. 3).
Consequently, the 2011 Special Issue of Communication Studies is
dedicated to explorations of 'race matters' in the Obama era.
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that explore how communicating
about race has been affected by President Obama's election. Potential
topics may include (but are not limited to) the following: explorations
of public perceptions, analyses of various mass media, rhetorical
analyses of public commentaries, examinations of interpersonal and
intergroup relations, studies that focus on issues of race and identity,
as well as essays focusing on teaching about race. Ultimately, the
special issue seeks to produce a volume where communication scholars can
draw from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to
analyze explicit and implicit messages about race and what they reveal
about current realities regarding race relations in the U.S.
The guest editor for the special issue is Mark P. Orbe, Western Michigan
University, School of Communication, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49009; (269) 387-3132. All manuscripts must be prepared
in accordance to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association or the 15th edition of the Chicago
Style Manual, and should contain no more than 7500 total words
(including tables, references, endnotes, and appendices). An electronic
file of the manuscript, prepared for blind review as a WORD document,
and a separate file with title of the manuscript, author contact
information, brief author bio, and manuscript history (if applicable)
should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 28, 2010.
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