Julian C. Chambliss

chambl91@msu.edu

C705 Wells Hall

FacultyEnglishGlobal Studies in Arts and Humanities

Professor
Literary Studies; Film and Media Studies; Popular Culture; Digital Humanities; Global and Diasporic Studies

ORCID: 0000-0003-2779-048X

Biography

Julian C. Chambliss is Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR). His research interests focus on race, identity, and power in real and imagined urban spaces. His recent writing has appeared in PhylonFriezeRhetoric Review, and Boston Review. An interdisciplinary scholar he has designed museum exhibitions, curated art shows, and created public history projects that trace community, identity, and power in the United States. 

He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a book examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His recent book projects include Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain (2018) and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (2018). Chambliss is co-producer and host of Every Tongue Got to Confess, a podcast examining communities of color.  Every Tongue is the winner of the 2019 Hampton Dunn New Media Award from the Florida Historical Society Florida. In addition, he co-produced and co-hosted with Dr. Robert Cassanello from University of Central Florida of the Florida Constitution Podcast, a limited series podcast the won the 2019 Hampton Dunn Internet Award from Florida Historical Society. He is producer and host of Reframing History, a podcast exploring history theory and practice in the United States. 

Awards and Honors

Courses

IAH Afrofantastic
Since the 1990s we have seen an explosion of speculative art rooted in the black diasporic experience.  Spanning media and crossing borders, the speculative work offered by these voices has coalesced into a movement broadly defined as Afrofuturism. This course examines the historical roots and contemporary expression of Afrofuturism in the United States. Afrofuturism is an evolving theoretical framework that seeks to reframe how we think about the past and future of race and identity, colonial legacies, and our approach to science and technology. While the term was created in the 1990s, this course seeks to understand how the contemporary Afrofuturist expressions are situated in a broader black speculative practice that uses the imaginary for liberatory means.

Publications

The African Diaspora in Media and History edited by Walter Greason and Julian C. Chambliss (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018)

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2018)

Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky & Thomas C. Donaldson, (Newcastle Upon Tyne UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013)

“A Different Nation: Continuing a Legacy of Decolonization in Black Panther,” in The Ages of the Black Panther edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2020)

“Brotherman and Big City: A Commentary on Superhero Geography,” in More Critical Approaches to Comics edited by Matthew J. Smith, Randy Duncan and Matthew Brown (New York: Routledge, 2019)

“March 4, 1893,” in Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers by Matthew F. Delmont, (Stanford University Press, 2019)

“Don’t Call Them Memorials,” in Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders edited by David Allison (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018)

Wenxian Zhang, Rahim Raja, and Julian Chambliss, “Race and Sport in the Florida Sun: The Rollins/Ohio Wesleyan Football Game of 1947,” Phylon 56, no. 2 (Winter 2019): 59–81

Exhibitions

University News

MSU: A Leader in Comics and Pop Culture Scholarship, Now Host to Comics Studies Society
Published July 27, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
This week, Michigan State University will host the fifth annual conference for the Comic Studies Society, one of the premier academic communities dedicated to comic studies. What makes MSU the…Read now »
Comic Studies Society Conference Coming to MSU this July
Published June 6, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The Comic Studies Society (CSS), one of the premier academic communities dedicated to comic studies, will hold its fifth annual conference at Michigan State University from July 28-30 this…Read now »
Ask the Expert: MSU Professor Julian Chambliss on “What is Afrofuturism?”
Published June 2, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
“Afrofuturism” was first coined by author and culture critic Mark Dery in his 1993 essay, “Black to the Future.” Since then, Afrofuturism has grown as an artform, practice, methodology, and…Read now »
Afrofantastic: Seeing the Impact of Black Speculation and Liberation in American Culture
Published October 19, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
What is Afrofuturism and why does it matter to our contemporary moment? In this presentation, Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Core Faculty in the Consortium For Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research (CEDAR), and Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum, explores the manifestation of Black speculative practice.Read now »
MSU to Collaborate with Comic Studies Society on Conferences and Scholarship 
Published September 14, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University and the Comics Studies Society (CSS) are pleased to announce the formation of an ongoing, multiyear collaboration that will begin with the 2022 CSS conference taking…Read now »
Faculty Voice: Forging a New Legacy
Published September 9, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Julian Chambliss is a Professor in the Department of English, core faculty for the Consortium for Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research, and Val Berryman Curator of History for the MSU Museum. He wrote this “Faculty Voice” article about Marvel Studios’ newly released movie, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” for MSU Today. Read now »
Classes with CAL Spring 2021
Published March 23, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Take time during COVID to check out the innovative thinking in these talks presented by College of Arts & Letters faculty on the topics of wellbeing, learning a foreign language, and social…Read now »
Faculty Voice: Comics and the Black Experience
Published February 9, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Julian Chambliss, Professor in the Department of English, core faculty for the Consortium for Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research, and Val Berryman Curator of History for the MSU Museum, wrote the following article about the exhibit he curated for the MSU Museum, titled “Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics,” for MSU Today. Read now »
$3 Million Grant Funds Exhibits of Art Created Globally During COVID-19
Published January 13, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
three images of people put together; a man wearing a dark zip up and glasses (left), a women with short brown hair wearing a blue collar shirt and glasses (middle), and a women with long blonde hair wearing hoop earrings and a green scarf (right).
Michigan State University has begun collecting art from around the world in an exploration of how people are using creativity in coping with the challenges and stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic…Read now »
Integrative Arts and Humanities (IAH) Offers New and Innovative Courses
Published November 20, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Delivering general education curriculum in the arts and humanities requires some ingenuity to put the human experience into context. Faculty and instructors who teach in MSU’s Center for…Read now »
English Professors Use Film and Comics to Engage Students in American History
Published February 18, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
two men in a sound booth talking into microphones
Jeff Wray and Julian Chambliss, two distinguished professors from Michigan State University’s Department of English, joined Russ White on WKAR’s MSU Today to talk…Read now »
Visiting Artists-Scholars to Focus on Afrofuturism
Published August 28, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
comic page with a microphone and three speech bubbles surrounding a man in the middle wearing a crown
The College of Arts & Letters will welcome artist-scholars John Jennings and Stacey Robinson to campus September 23-27 to engage students and faculty in conversations about race, gender, and…Read now »
College Welcomes 30 New Faculty and Staff Members
Published August 30, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 30 new faculty and staff members. They include the following:  Qais Assali Qais Assali, Visiting Assistant Professor and…Read now »