Charles Athanasopoulos' research interests span Black studies, cultural studies, Caribbean studies, street art studies, media studies, critical Romani studies, and communication studies.
His manuscript-in-progress, Black Iconoclasm: Public Symbols, Racial Progress, & Post/Ferguson America (under advanced contract) develops an orientation to the anti/Black world called “Black iconoclasm” which meditates on the inventive potential of Black radical disruptions to public symbols (icons) of racial progress in the United States. Beyond specific public symbols, this orientation offers avenues toward disordering the broader social codes (iconography) of race, gender, class, and sexuality which undergird Western culture. In doing so, Black Iconoclasm considers both how racial icons continue to constrict Black radical imagination in the contemporary era and the possibilities that exist in the breaking of those icons.
You can also find his scholarship published in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Western Journal of Communication, Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism, and The Routledge Handbook of Ethnicity and Race in Communication.
For more information, please visit Dr. A’s website: www.charlesathanaso.com
Athanasopoulos, Charles. ““A Program of Complete Disorder:” The Black Iconoclasm within Fanonian Thought”. Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, 10.1 Spring 2021.
Athanasopoulos, Charles. “Smashing the Icon of Black Lives Matter: Afropessimism & Religious Iconolatry.” Prose Studies, Vol. 40, Issue 1-2: #BlackLivesMatter: Pasts, Presents, Futures, 2019.
Athanasopoulos, Charles. “Fanonian Slips: The Rhetorical Function & Field of the White Mask.” Western Journal of Communication (Forthcoming). Accepted August 9th, 2021, waiting for proofs.
Athanasopoulos, Charles & Sugino, Corinne Mitsuye. “Clash of the Uncivilized: Alternative Approaches to Policy Debate”. Contemporary Argumentation & Debate Journal (Forthcoming). Accepted for publication, waiting for proofs.
Athanasopoulos, Charles. “Black Radical Thought as Pathology in Black Panther” in Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication edited by Sheena Howard (BenBella Books, February 2021)
Athanasopoulos, Charles. “Iconography in the Age of Black Lives Matter”. Monument Lab, 2020.
Athanasopoulos, Charles. “On White Rioters & Black Liberals”. The Lacan Salon, “Listening with Black Lives Matter” series, 2020.