Maisha T. Winn, Chancellor’s Leadership Professor, University of California, Davis
Maisie Gholson, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
In this proposed issue of the Journal of Future Studies, contributors engage the question, “What is the future of Black education?” through a series of forecasts and essays from the perspectives of philosophers, artists, designers, futurists, and education researchers. In many ways the intersection of the spread of COVID-19 and the trilogy of murders (Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor) spurring a new anti-racism movement are exposing histories and futures that multiply-marginalized people were already living with and that many white cis-gender people were surprised to learn. Therefore, the fissures have exposed how the lack of access to high quality teaching and learning have rendered many Black children dispossessed of desirable futures.
Davis (2012) argues that racism, racist ideas have, indeed disrupted the futures of Black children or contributed to “the rearing of generations of Black people who are now not in possession of the education and imagination that allows them to envision the future” (p. 89). We chose “Black education” because we wish to acknowledge the alternative and supplementary teaching and learning spaces that people of African descent have created and sustained in the absence of school systems failing to acknowledge their full humanity.
Accordingly, this special issue assembles freedom dreams in the service of Black children within Afrofuturist aesthetics and traditions with different assumptions about the permanence of racism in shaping educational futures. Such purposeful play is intended to speculate about fugitivity and abolition as a continuation of Black educational histories, as well as develop sociotechnical imaginaries as suggested by Ruha Benjamin that reconfigure social relations in Black children’s future worlds. Therefore, the contributors look back to look forward and consider their work to be the culmination of when histories and futures meet using forecasts and essays.
This special issue is seeking essays and research papers.
- Essays will be between 3000-4000 words in lengths
- Research papers will be between 4000-8000 words in lengths
Papers should refer to materials published in this journal and in the other journals in the futures field (Journal of Futures Studies, Futures, Foresight, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, The European Journal of Futures Research, World Future Review, On the Horizon) as well as futures material contained in books, monographs, other field related journals. Submitting authors, please refer to the journals submission guidelines: https://jfsdigital.org/invitation-to-authors/
- Acceptance of proposals - by May 10, 2021
- Drafts of papers are - due August 1, 2021
- Papers will be reviewed - by Sept 1, 2021
- Final papers with changes to be submitted - by Oct 1, 2021
- Expected publication date, Dec 30, 2021
Please send initial proposals to:
Maisha T. Winn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Maisie Gholson, email@example.com