The Black Scholar welcomes submissions for a themed issue examining intersections between Black religion and technology.
Due to COVID-19 regulations regarding in-person gatherings, many Black churches, for the first time, tapped into the rich resources of the Internet to connect with parishioners. Additionally, practitioners of Africana religions have been engaging digital technologies for over three decades. Despite this, interconnections between Black religions and technology have received little scholarly attention. The Black Scholar, however, seeks to attend to this “silence” on religious cyber-cultures in Africana religious studies in particular and in African American studies more broadly. This issue will highlight how Black religiosity finds expression in the digital age. Specifically, it examines varied manifestations of Black religions in digital interactive media like the Internet, social media, podcasting, and mobile applications. The guest editor seeks articles, essays, roundtable discussions, and in-depth interviews that consider multiple connections between Black religions and digital culture. Beyond making valuable contributions to the growing field of Black Digital Religious Studies, submissions will further complicate how Black religions have been traditionally defined, capturing a more diverse religious landscape of faith and religiosity that includes Christian and non-Christian traditions.
This issue invites scholarly articles and essays that consider the relationship between Black religions and technology via the following topics:
- Digital Humanities and Black Religious Studies
- Representations of Black religion on social media
- Identity, digital culture, and religion
- Digital representations of race, gender, sexuality and religion
- Digital ritual performances
- Artistic Expression, digital soundscapes, and Black religion
- Africana religions and digital gaming
- Africana religious practices and mobile technologies
- Algorithmic bias and Black religious experience
- Digital archives and Black religion
We also seek to engage both scholars and practitioners whose work explores the intricate intersections between Black religiosity and emerging technologies throughout the African Diaspora.
Complete submissions must be submitted to TBS‘s landing page on Taylor & Francis’s website no later than September 1, 2021. Manuscripts should not exceed 3,500-4,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and images). Black Religions in the Digital Age will be published as our Fall 2022 issue.
To avoid your article being sent back or rejected, review all guidelines before submitting.