Monday, March 7, 2022

Announcing a New Series—MF! Momentary Futures in Black Studies

Edited by L.H. Stallings

Acquiring Editor Dawn Durante

Committed to the enjoyment of disjointedness and the asynchrony of Black thought experiences, MF! is a series about funky temporalities, adaptation, and mobility. The series encourages the submission of manuscripts whose methods and aesthetics allow us to experience Black pleasure, joy, and futurity. Books in the series are transgressive and experimental while also dealing with the conflicts that arise from the intellectual and artistic boundaries of knowledge production; the defense, surveillance, and policing of Black knowledge; and the political and social constraints of normative and respectable existence as well as aspirational citizenship and humanity. The series fosters projects that center decolonization, Black lives and culture, Black solidarities and relationalities with other communities of color, and other topics within and beyond Black studies to challenge the parameters of current theories, advance new ideas about knowledge production, and speculate about a world without fear of sexual intimacy, without racial capitalism, and without finite approaches to the field of Black studies.

The series is inspired by the irreverent voices of Moms Mabley, Gayl Jones, Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel R. Delany, Paul Beatty, Cheryl Clarke, and Toni Cade Bambara. Its intellectual production is informed by trickster tales, neo-slave narratives, experimental art and theater, Afrofuturism, Afro surrealism, satire, and parody. The series understands irreverence and adaptation as methodology. It facilitates creative collaborations and encourages interactive engagement across fields that intersect with Black studies, including sexuality studies, trans studies, performance studies, film studies, disability studies, environmental studies, critical translation studies, sound studies, and cultural studies, as well as medical and digital humanities. With a particular interest in manuscripts clearly conceived, written in accessible language, and of a reasonable length, the series seeks scholarly nonfiction, creative nonfiction, and co-authored projects as well as works representing genre-blending innovations that disrupt and defy disciplinarity and temporality.

Please contact Dr. Stallings (lh855@georgetown.eduand Dawn Durante (ddurante@utpress.utexas.edufor more details about submitting a project for the series.


Marquis Bey, Northwestern University

Darius Bost, University of Utah

Lyndon K. Gill, University of Texas at Austin

Tiffany Lethabo King, University of Virginia

Xavier Livermon, University of California Santa Cruz

Mireille Miller-Young, University of California Santa Barbara

Sami Schalk, University of Wisconsin-Madison

SA Smythe, University of Toronto

Deborah R. Vargas, Rutgers University

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