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Dave Chappelle and Philosophy, CFA Deadline Update

Posted on | December 10, 2019

Dave Chappelle and Philosophy
Mark Ralkowski, editor

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to Dave Chappelle. This volume will focus on Chappelle’s Show, stand up performances, notable interviews, and anything else Chappelle has said, done, or written that is worthy of philosophical consideration. Open Court Publishing will publish this volume as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series in 2020.

Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical interest that pertains to Dave Chappelle. The editor is especially interested in receiving submissions that engage philosophical issues in Dave Chappelle’s career in creative and non-standard ways. The purpose of this volume is not merely to celebrate Chappelle’s career, but to engage it critically.

Contributors are welcome to write on conventional philosophical issues, but the editor is also interested in chapters focused on the ethics of humor and Chappelle’s recent standup specials, several of which have been criticized for being transphobic, victim-blaming, and racist.

Contribution guidelines:

1. Abstract of chapter (100-300 words)

2. Resume/CV for each author/coauthor of the chapter

3. Submission deadline for abstracts: April 6, 2020

4. Email submissions to the editor at mralkow@gwu.edu

Note: If the editor invites you to be a contributor to the book, the first draft of your chapter will be due August 31, 2020. Final drafts will be expected by October 5, 2020.

Mark Ralkowski: mralkow@gwu.edu


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