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Call for Submissions:
On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal publication, In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, edited by Joseph Beam, we are currently seeking submissions for an anthology on the legacy of Joseph Beam and In the Life. This anthology will provide new interpretations of the late 80s and early 90s black gay arts movement, examine the contemporary political and artistic landscape for black gay men, and explore how In the Life has influenced contemporary critical thought as it relates to black gay men. The anthology will be comprised of scholars from a range of disciplines, writers, activists, cultural workers and artists. This project seeks to build upon the work of In the Life, and perhaps explore where black gay men find themselves today.
Topics might include:
-Black Feminism and In the Life
-Biographical and critical treatments of Joseph Beam
-Memory, mourning and In the Life
-In the Life and Black Queer Theory
-In the Life and the invention of the Black gay soul
-Historicizing the emergence of Beam and his contemporaries
-HIV/AIDS activism and early Black gay identity politics
-Black gay artists/ is there a Black gay aesthetic?
-Black gay men and Black lesbians in dialogue
-Sex, sexuality and the politics of black gay writings
We welcome your participation and we invite you to examine the guidelines listed below. Thank you for your potential participation in this important project.
Steven G. Fullwood and Charles Stephens, editors
Black Gay Genius: Joseph Beam and In the Life
Deadline: December 16th, 2011