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MF! Momentary Futures in Black Studies

Edited by L.H. Stallings

Being out of place has been a radical method in Black creative forms.
Being outside of time has been a method for Black living.
Being out of time and place has become a method in critical Black thought.

Committed to the enjoyment of disjointedness and the asynchrony of Black thought experiences, MF! is a series about funky temporalities, adaptation, and mobility. The series encourages the submission of manuscripts whose methods and aesthetics allow us to experience Black pleasure, joy, and futurity. Books in the series are transgressive and experimental while also dealing with the conflicts that arise from the intellectual and artistic boundaries of knowledge production; the defense, surveillance, and policing of Black knowledge; and the political and social constraints of normative and respectable existence as well as aspirational citizenship and humanity. The series fosters projects that center decolonization, Black lives and culture, Black solidarities and relationalities with other communities of color, and other topics within and beyond Black studies to challenge the parameters of current theories, advance new ideas about knowledge production, and speculate about a world without fear of sexual intimacy, without racial capitalism, and without finite approaches to the field of Black studies.

The series is inspired by the irreverent voices of Moms Mabley, Gayl Jones, Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel R. Delany, Paul Beatty, Cheryl Clarke, and Toni Cade Bambara. Its intellectual production is informed by trickster tales, neo-slave narratives, experimental art and theater, Afrofuturism, Afro surrealism, satire, and parody. The series understands irreverence and adaptation as methodology. It facilitates creative collaborations and encourages interactive engagement across fields that intersect with Black studies, including sexuality studies, trans studies, performance studies, film studies, disability studies, environmental studies, critical translation studies, sound studies, and cultural studies, as well as medical and digital humanities. With a particular interest in manuscripts clearly conceived, written in accessible language, and of a reasonable length, the series seeks scholarly nonfiction, creative nonfiction, and co-authored projects as well as works representing genre-blending innovations that disrupt and defy disciplinarity and temporality.

SERIES ADVISORY BOARD

Marquis Bey, Northwestern University
Darius Bost, University of Utah
Lyndon K. Gill, University of Texas at Austin
Tiffany Lethabo King, University of Virginia
Xavier Livermon, University of California Santa Cruz
Mireille Miller-Young, University of California Santa Barbara
Sami Schalk, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Deborah R. Vargas, Rutgers University

Dawn Durante, Acquiring Editor