CFP: Seeking One Additional Essay for Collection: “The War of My Generation:” Youth Culture and the War on Terror

I am seeking an additional essay to complete a collection of essays under contract with Rutgers University Press entitled _”The War of My Generation:” Youth Culture and the War on Terror_. This collection examines how children and adolescents have been imagined as subjects in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and during the subsequent war on terror in its domestic and foreign policy manifestations. Essays already accepted examine cultural products aimed at young people (video games, novels, children’s books) and how young people have been imagined as subjects (students who should/shouldn’t encounter specific images of the war, potential military recruits, etc.). Other essays explore how young people have responded to the attacks and wars.

In response to a suggestion by an external reviewer, I am seeking an additional essay that explores young people’s engagement in acts of memorialization and/or protest. I am interested in essays that address one or more of the following questions, though I’m of course open to other approaches as well:

-How have young people engaged in the memorialization of the September 11 attacks or the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars? What do their actions at memorial sites, their participation in memorial ceremonies, or their creation of new ways/sites of remembering tell us about how young people engage with the critical questions of citizenship during the War on Terror?

-How have young people supported or protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? What do their actions tell us about how young people imagine the role of the United States in the world, the place of the military in society, and the obligations of citizenship during the War on Terror?

-How do young people’s acts of memorialization and protest draw upon/intersect with/revise earlier protest traditions — anti-Vietnam protests, sit-ins, and teach-ins, divestment movements, and so on?

Essays should be no longer than 9.000 words, and I would like to submit the final draft of the collection to the press in January.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss ideas.

Thanks.

Dave Kieran
American Studies
Franklin & Marshall College
David Kieran
American Studies Department
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17603
Email: david.kieran@fandm.edu

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