liquid blackness

journal of aesthetics and black studies 

liquid blackness
Journal Current volume: 5 Frequency: Two issues annually

Academic Editor(s): Alessandra Raengo, Lauren Cramer

liquid blackness seeks to carve out a place for aesthetic theory and the most radical agenda of Black studies to come together in productive ways, with the goal of attending to the aesthetic work of blackness and the political work of form. In this way, the journal develops innovative approaches to address points of convergence between the exigencies of Black life and the many slippery ways in which blackness is encountered in contemporary sonic and visual culture.
The journal showcases a variety of scholarly modes, including audio-visual work and experimental and traditional essays. It aims to explore who can do theory (scholars, artists, activists, individuals, and ensembles), how theory can be done (in image, writing, archiving, curating, social activism), and what a Black aesthetic object is (“high”/“low” art, sound and image, practice and praxis).

Articles are published under a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-ND) and are open immediately upon publication. Authors are not charged any fees for publication and retain copyright in their articles. Readers may use the full text of articles as described in the license.


liquid blackness is an open-access journal. 


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Editorial Office:
liquid blackness Limited
258 Garland Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

Editors in Chief:
Alessandra Raengo, Georgia State University
Lauren McLeod Cramer, University of Toronto
Editorial Board:
Charles “Chip” Linscott, Ohio University
Derek Conrad Murray, University of California, Santa Cruz
James Tobias, University of California, Riverside
Calvin Warren, Emory University
Managing Editor:
Corey Couch, Georgia State University

Associate Editors:
Erica Edwards
Ekow Eshun
Kevin Jerome Everson
Keith M. Harris
Amy Herzog
Uri McMillan

Advisory Board:
Eddie Chambers
Anne Anlin Cheng
Thomas F. DeFrantz
Jonathan Eburne
Amy Elias
Tatiana Flores
Bishnuprya Gosh
Kara Keeling
Barbara McCullough
Amber Musser
Marina Peterson
Michele Prettyman
Louis Ruprecht
Christina Sharpe
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liquid blackness follows the formatting and reference guidelines stipulated by The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, and the liquid blackness style guide. We encourage submissions of bold and innovative contributions addressing points of convergence between Black studies and aesthetic theory, practice and praxis. We welcome submissions of traditional and experimental essays, visual and textual art, video, and other artistic work accompanied by an artist statement. All submissions, solicited and unsolicited, will be peer-reviewed. Please send submissions to
The Editorial Process

liquid blackness is committed to publishing issues that have a thematic, methodological, or formal consistency. We welcome work that responds to our current Calls for Papers and open call submissions.

Proposals for special issues from guest editors must include a title; abstract describing the theme; list of confirmed contributors with brief bios and paper abstracts; list of possible reviewers; and publication timeline (the expected date for the first drafts).
General Information on Formats

Articles should be 6,000–8,000 words in length.

Short Pieces (interviews, roundtables, artist statements and other commentary, art reviews, and other creative “nontraditional” scholarship) should be 2,000–3,000 words in length.

Questions about the length of visual and sonic material should be directed to
Additional Submission Guidelines
  • All submissions that produce significant original thought in written, visual, or sonic form must include five keywords and an abstract of approximately 250 words that describes the piece’s topic, methodology, and central argument.
  • Written submissions should be Word or RTF files, not PDFs.
  • Written submissions accompanied by image/sound files (with credits and permissions) are highly recommended.
  • Audiovisual submissions can be submitted in the following formats: mp3, .mp4, .wav, .wma, .au, .m4a, .mpg, .mpeg, .mov, .avi, .wmv., html. (Executable files (.exe) are not acceptable.)
Minimum image resolution is 300 dpi.
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October 2021 (5:2) - Closes 07/12/2021

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ISSN: 2692-3874
e-ISSN: 2692-3874