Call for Contributions 2017

 We are pleased to announce the 2017 MXRS Commons Call for Contributions to run January through June 2017.

Our online forum invites scholars, activists, and artists of all media to gather around central themes and debates taking place today in Critical Mixed Race Studies. Our current editor, Carly Bates, and the Mixed Roots Stories board hope to facilitate thoughtful responses to challenging and controversial issues, and create a rich space for critical dialogue happening in popular culture and public discourse.

Submissions may take shape in a multitude of forms. We ask that scholars and activists submit concise thought pieces of 500-1500 words in length. Artists of all media are encouraged to submit up to five works (which includes but is not limited to images, audio, and video, and poetry) and a brief artist statement. For this year’s theme, we invite conversation that will closely follow the theme for the 2017 Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) Conference, an Exploration of Trans (gender, gressions, migrations, racial) Fifty Years After Loving v. Virginia. We encourage participants to explore Trans and its implications, the time and space between today and the half-century since the end of anti-miscegenation laws, and the intersections of these conversations. Submissions are not limited strictly to these topics, however, we encourage participants to consider how their current work might intersect with the theme. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website at

Following the format of our pilot year Commons publications, this year’s submissions will be organized into cluster conversations among 2-3 contributors. Each participant will provide short responses to the others in the cluster, and thus, we hope to structure a generative and critical dialogue on these important issues on our website each month. Contributors may also submit fully-formed clusters between colleagues, peers, and/or community partners. If this is the case, please include the names of colleagues in the submission. For an example of these cluster conversations, please visit:

Submissions will be collected through May 2017.

Submission Instructions

If you wish to submit as a scholar, community organizer, or activist, please submit a 500-1500 word thought piece. For the purpose of the MXRS Commons, a thought piece is a short, very concise written piece. This piece can introduce a research project or new theories, concepts, ideas, and/or works in progress. A thought piece might also describe and analyze a public event/protest/convening, or introduce and contextualize a particular organization and its work in and around mixed communities. Thought pieces should be focused, easy to read, and be open for interpretation, engagement, and critique. This format has been selected to enable multiple voices at all levels of academic engagement to participate in ongoing discussions and debates regarding the mixed experience across the globe.

If you wish to submit as an artist, please submit a short bio/statement that contextualizes your work and highlights its significance for conversations in critical mixed race studies. With this statement, include up to five (5) works

  • For images, please attach image files (JPEG) to the email.
  • For audio, please include links to the works on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or MixCloud.
  • For video, please include links to the works on YouTube or Vimeo.
  • For poetry, please format as desired in a Word document or PDF.

For all works, please include appropriate titles, dates, media, and, for audio and video works, name all collaborators. Lastly, please pose 1-2 questions. These questions will be considered alongside the developing theme for each Commons and will be used to help structure and frame the respondent’s contribution. These questions may or may not be published alongside the artwork.

Format the submission in an attached Word document and please include a title for the work.

Please email contributions or any questions to with the subject line “2017 MXRS Commons Submission: [Your Full Name].”

The MXRS Commons serves as a space to develop a critical conversation, not only about ideas taken for granted in mixed race discourse, but also on how these ideas can be challenged, deconstructed, and/or mobilized strategically to do transformative work. We look forward to engaging with your work, reading your questions, and creating conversations.

The MXRS Team