CfP: Special Issue on the Black Lives Movement

Mobilization would like to produce a special issue on the Black Lives Movement. We are looking for papers that are about the 2014-2020 movement or that can put this protest wave into a broader context that includes prior organizing and protests. Papers can be empirical or theoretical and cover a wide range of topics related to the protest wave, BLM, allied or counter-movements generally. We are looking for qualitative or quantitative descriptive papers as well as papers that develop some theoretical angle on events. We invite submissions grounded in activist perspectives as well as those grounded in scholarly traditions. We are open to considering innovative approaches such as those that include visual, oral or digital components as supplements to printed materials.

We especially invite papers from younger scholars and papers drawn from larger research projects that are still in progress.

The maximum final length for articles is 40 pages, including references but not including figures and tables. All manuscripts must be submitted online and are subject to the normal double-anonymous refereeing process. Please mention the special issue as a note in your abstract to aid the process of getting manuscripts to the correct editors.

Potential authors are welcome to discuss their ideas in advance with any of the Editors by email. Please use the subject line: Mobilization Special Issue Joyce Bell Glenn Bracey Pamela Oliver

The deadline for submitting papers is January 4, 2021. Please submit at:

The special issue will appear as the December 2021 issue of Mobilization. Initial manuscript review decisions will be made in April and May 2021, final selection of revised manuscripts will be made in the summer, and final versions of accepted manuscripts will be due in late August 2021.

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