On behalf of the editorial board of Boom California, published by University of California Press, we seek proposals from scholars, students, and writers of California culture who wish to help cultivate critical discourse on California and its values, and to do so in a manner that is public-facing and relevant to our moment in history.
Boom California is a free refereed online media publication dedicated to inspiring lively and significant conversations about the vital social and cultural issues of our time in California and the world beyond. We host academic conversations in the form of peer reviewed articles that both highlight and advance scholarly discourse about California culture, and do so in a manner that is public-facing and oriented toward the social and practical concerns of ordinary Californians.
In light of our fast-changing world, Boom’s emphasis has shifted to concentrate on California social issues, and to cultivate underrepresented writers in the California landscape. More about the transition and Boom’s history can be found in the recent editorial (http://boom.ucpress.edu/content/6/4/1). As a peer review publication, we are looking for contributions in these areas related to California culture:
- Social Justice
- Queer Studies
- Latinx Population and Culture
- Asian American Population and Culture
- African American Population and Culture
- Social Movements
In addition to this, we are especially interested in proposals that address two areas of special concern to Boom this year:
- the lives and experiences of undocumented Californians
- the native Californian genocide consequent to the California Gold Rush, and today’s reckoning with this amidst native revivalism
We look forward to journeying with you this year as part of the resistance.
Jason S. Sexton, Editor