Vol. 14: Call for Papers

Following a campaign cycle marked by exclusionary rhetoric and dehumanizing politics, more than 1,000 incidents of hate have been reported in the U.S. since Election Day. The articulation of hate during the 2016 presidential campaign drew upon a long history of racism, sexism, and homophobia in American politics and became more intense as social media and the internet facilitated a culture of disparagement and demonization. Moreover, the language, politics, and ideologies of the recent campaign were deeply impacted by shifts emergent in the aftermath of 9/11, the Great Recession, and the election of President Obama, which fostered new forms of populism, nativism, and xenophobia, encouraging the crystallization of alt-right and nationalist movements.

This special issue of the Journal of Hate Studies interrogates the place of “hate” in the 2016 US Presidential campaign. It undertakes a comprehensive and comparative assessment, particularly attentive to past, present, and future dimensions of the politics of hate. It seeks contributions concerned with the use of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and nationality to diminish, demonize, and dehumanize. It examines the historic connections, previous manifestations, and origins of the forms of hate deployed in the 2016 campaign, exploring the ways in which this election was new and the ways in which it build on historic hates. Moreover, it looks to the future, considering the implications of the election and the manner in which it will impact emerging expressions of hate. Finally, the Special Issue encourages submissions that consider strategies to fight hate during the 2016 campaign and in its aftermath. Possible essay topics should be in dialogue with these central themes and may include (but are not limited to):

  • A Stormfront campaign: Social media, online technologies, and hate
  • Rebranding hate for political purposes
  • Hate and private/public spaces: From university campuses to community centers
  • Social movements and hate in the aftermath of the election
  • White privilege and the fear of a brown nation
  • Campaigning against political correctness
  • Anti-immigrant sentiments and political activism
  • Fake news, conspiracy theories, and the paranoid style in politics
  • The role of gender and misogyny in the campaign trail
  • Rape culture, political violence, and the resurgence of hate
  • The demonization of different bodies—ableism and transphobia
  • White identity politics and the 2016 election
  • The role of the press—enablers or opposition?
  • Defining terror: religion, racial fear, and propaganda
  • Borders, walls, and the politics of surveillance

This special issue will be guest edited by Dr. C. Richard King (crking@wsu.edu) and Dr. David J. Leonard (djl@wsu.edu). Abstracts of 500 words, along with a brief bio and contact information, should be sent directly to the guest editors no later than March 2, 2017. Complete articles will be 5500-6500 words long and will be due by May 10, 2017.

The Journal of Hate Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Gonzaga University’s Institute for Hate Studies. JHS is committed to excellence and innovation in the scholarly study of hate and to providing a forum for discussing research-based practices to combat hate. Please visit https://www.gonzaga.edu/academics/Hate-Studies/journal-hate-studies/default.asp for additional information.