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The 2015 Hiphop Literacies Conference: Hiphop Studies Futures
The Ohio State University
Call For Papers/Proposals/Performers
Friday, April 10th to Saturday, April 11th, 2015

The 2015 Hiphop Literacies Conference: Hiphop Studies Futures at The Ohio State University is designed to explore Hiphop as a site of knowledge formation, identity construction, activism, artistry, and learning.  Hiphop Studies is a robust field of inquiry and endeavor- activists, artists, educators, and scholars contribute to the development of this multidisciplinary field. Many researchers, educators, artists, and youth advocates also use Hiphop to create dynamic futures for Hiphop generation youth. This year’s conference seeks to illuminate both the state of and new directions in Hiphop studies scholarship and Hiphop culture(s). We will address issues of identity, social stratification, globalization, popular culture and technology. Through workshops, paper presentations, performances, and roundtable discussions, we will bring together leading and emerging voices in Hiphop Studies to think critically about Hiphop in the twenty-first century and beyond. We will explore both the existing contours and the future possibilities of Hiphop Studies.

The Hiphop Literacies Conference promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching around the value of Hiphop and stimulates ongoing dialogue and outreach across various disciplines in the university and communities. The conference will be held at The Ohio State University Frank Hale Black Cultural Center Friday, April 10th to Saturday, April 11th, 2015. In addition to workshops led by renowned Hiphop scholars, artists and educators, the conference will feature presentations and performances by scholars, students and community members.

We seek proposals that consider the future of Hiphop Studies from diverse perspectives. We encourage artists, scholars, students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate students), and activists to submit abstracts for individual paper presentations or for 4-5 person roundtable sessions. 

Possible Topics include:

Hiphop and Global Perspectives * Hiphop Literacies * Hiphop Aesthetics * Hiphop Feminism(s)/Womanism * Hiphop and the African Diaspora * Hiphop Methodologies * Queering Hiphop Studies * Hiphop arts: music, graffiti, rap, spoken word, dance, turntablism, entrepreneurism, literature, film * New, Digital, and Social Media in Hiphop * Hiphop Pedagogy * Hiphop Activism * Hiphop and Disability Studies * Hiphop Linguistics * Hiphop, Social awareness and Political Consciousness

Abstracts of 300 words for 15-minute individual paper presentations or 60-minute round table discussions on targeted issues or topics are welcome as well as other formats (i.e., ethnodrama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction). Abstracts of 500 words for 3-4 persons paper panels are also welcome. We are also seeking regional and local talent to perform on the bill with a national artist (TBA) on the final night of the conference.

Send abstracts for papers, round tables and other formats, along with contact information to<> by December 20th, 2014. Decisions will be made by January 20th, 2015.



Dangerous Discourses: Gender, Women, and Gun Violence
Edited by Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Public outcry over the recent mass-shooting murders of UC Santa Barbara college students and political wrangling over the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) have generated much debate over the causes and impacts of gun violence. Opponents of gun control, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), suggest women specifically would be better served by having access to guns to repel criminals. Proponents of gun control point out that women (and children) in homes with guns are more likely to be injured or killed by that gun than by an intruder's weapon. These and other threads of public discussion demand feminist scrutiny as competing discourses about the causes and cures for violence surge in the public sphere.

This edited collection brings together new work about guns and violence by feminist communication scholars. The book provides readers with a robust, multifaceted approach to the ways contemporary media images and political discourses inscribe particular understandings of gendered social identities, gun violence, and public policy. The book takes on multiple facets and locations of the gun debate, including: VAWA; the NRA's specialty publications; gun control advocacy; gun research and policymaking; popular magazines; news media practices regarding mass shootings; and the influence of race and ethnicity on public discourses of gun violence. Taken as a whole, the chapters link insights from feminist theory, critical race theory, and cultural studies to the issue of guns to develop more productive ways of debating issues of violence, mental health, aggression, and the role of the state in regulating gun ownership. 

It is an opportune, if sobering, time for this collection. At present, there are only a handful of books that center on gender and gun violence, and most neither utilize critical theory nor analyze media in their pages. Moreover, not only have recent headline-grabbing events involved women as victims of gun violence, but also many in the media and other public venues have expressed outrage at the misogyny of the perpetrators and the tone-deaf responses of public officials. As writer Rebecca Solnit posted soon after the killings at UCSB, debates over what compelled a young man to target young women for death "may prove to be a watershed moment in the history of feminism, which always has been and still is in a struggle to name and define, to speak and be heard."

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: The editor seeks additional chapters on gender, violence, and guns that involve sites and issues concerning: Entertainment media • Social media networks • Performance • Surveillance • Media events • Advertising

Please send abstracts and/or chapter samples to Catherine R. Squires via email by December 28, 2014: Authors will be notified by January 20th if their chapter will be included in the volume.



Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art
UCSD Department of Visual Arts - 8th Annual PhD Symposium
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Keynote Presentation: AMELIA JONES
Professor and Robert A. Day Chair of Fine Art and Professor of Critical Studies at USC Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 6:30pm 


What is the current state of hysteria within contemporary art praxis? This symposium will focus on how might we begin to expand our definitions of hysteria, so that it is utilized as a critical tool for disabling normative behaviors. Conventionally, hysteria has always been associated with "inappropriate" conduct, where it has been bound up in medical and cultural associations that mark diverse bodies as deviant, pathological and diseased, particularly as it pertains to "freakish" female bodies. But how can hysteria become a fleshed out, reclaimed term, which moves in and between diverse bodies as an empowering and generative framework, especially as it relates to feminist, queer, anti-racist and disabled subject positions?

The Visual Arts Department is pleased to welcome scholar Amelia Jones as the Keynote speaker for the PhD Symposium, and the theme of the 2015 iteration pivots around Jones' scholarship. Jones will be giving a paper based on the work of renowned international performance artist Nao Bustamante, who deliberately engages in "inappropriate" performances in order to explore the ways in which she activates the hysterical (in the sense of hilarious but also as identified with female hysteria). Through excessive self-presentational strategies, Bustamante embarrasses viewers of all kinds and provokes our considered response to questions of "appropriate" or normative social behavior.

Papers and artist project presentations are welcome relating to a broad theme of hysterical bodies and ancillary behaviors in contemporary-based art practices with a special emphasis on performance, film, video, and installation.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

* Feminist, queer, anti-racist and disabled notions of hysteria * Hysteria as a humorous or hilarious device * Complex social behaviors intersecting with complex embodiment * The re-imagined maternal body as hysterical body * Revised medical and cultural representations of the hysteric * Deviant female sexuality and reproduction * Alternative articulations of the body and hysterical aesthetics * Defective bodies and defective behaviors

The symposium is organized by PhD students in Art History, Theory & Criticism in the Department of Visual Arts, UCSD. Organizers: Vanessa Bateman & Amanda Cachia 

Applicants should submit a CV and 300 word abstract by Monday, December 29, 2014 to:<>. Selected participants will be notified by Monday, January 9, 2015.



Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled “New Maternalisms”: Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable).

Editors: Dr. Roksana Badruddoja, Dr. Maki Motapanyane.
Deadline for Abstracts: January 1, 2015.

Much research on motherhood has been published in the past eighteen years (e.g. Ruddick, 1995; O’Reilly, 2007; Kinser, 2008 & 2010; Klein & Chernick, 2011; Crittenden, 2010), suggesting an increased interest in and visibility and acknowledgement of feminism and the topic of motherhood. The literature is concerned with the invisibility of mothers and the labor of caregiving or “motherwork.” Specifically, contemporary literature on motherhood is embedded in post-colonial and transnational scholarship in which motherhood scholars like Ruddick, Klein, and O’Reilly articulate “a new economy of collective caregiving and mutual exchange” (Klein, 2012). The works also reflect the changing structure of the family (e.g. same-sex relationships and assisted reproductive technology or ART). Drawing on artist Natalie S. Loveless’ curation in Spring 2012 for FADO in Toronto, these shifts in the representation of motherhood in the literature may be regarded as “new maternalisms” (the title of Loveless’ curation). Klein (2012) argues that “new maternalisms” expose “the fissures and cracks between the ideological representation of motherhood and the lived experiences of being a mother.” This Call For Papers is in service to this in-between space connecting research and theory to the lived and everyday.

The purpose of this collection lies in focusing on “new maternalisms” by exploring “motherwork” or the invisible labor of caregiving in our everyday lived experiences as wo/men, hence including mothers, fathers, and caretakers and our communities. Here, the anthology serves to deconstruct motherhood by highlighting and dislodging it from maternal ideology, the socially-constructed “good mom” (read as “sacrificial mom”) and feminized hegemonic discourse. The objective of the edited volume, then, is to critically explore how wo/men experience “motherwork,” what “motherwork” means to us, and how “motherwork” impacts and is impacted by the communities in which we live. This involves contesting dominant ways of thinking about motherhood.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

1. What caregiving practices are pursued in “motherwork”? How have these practices been shaped by factors such as nation, religion, gender, and other axes of difference? 2. How do caregivers frame/understand their “motherwork”? 3. What alliances do caregivers build locally, regionally, and internationally, and why? What factors have caused rifts or fissures between and among caregivers? 4. To what extent does caregiving intersect with other forms of activism/resistance? 5. How have wo/men’s identities as caregivers been disrupted or shaped by binaries, such as east/west, north/south? 6. Whose agency is privileged or obscured within “motherwork”? 7. How do global discourses shape local “motherwork,” and, how, in turn, do local issues and frames shape global discourses around “motherwork”?

This Call For Papers signals the important sociological and anthropological shifts taking place in the field of motherhood as it relates to wo/men – mothers, fathers, and caretakers – who are marginalized through “motherwork.” What do the voices of marginalized persons have to say? And, how can they insert themselves into a story in which their experiences have a fuller role to play locally, nationally, and globally? New maternalisms begin to answer such questions by focusing on the roles of wo/men in the sphere of motherhood.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts: 500 words. Please include a 50-word biographic note.
Deadline for abstracts is January 1, 2015.

Please send submissions and inquiries directly to: Dr. Roksana Badruddoja, and Dr. Maki Motapanyane,

Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-20 pages) will be due February 1, 2015 and should conform to Chicago style.

DEMETER PRESS: 140 Holland St. West, P.O. Box 13022 Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5
(tel) 905-775-5215.,



Special Issue of the *Journal of Lesbian Studies*
“Lesbian”/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa
Deadline for proposals: January 1, 2015

The *Journal of Lesbian Studies*, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Taylor and Francis, invites proposal submissions for a special issue on the subject of “Lesbian”/Female Same-Sex Sexualities in Africa.

The multiple configurations of same-sex practices and relationships across the African continent, alongside the problematic notion of homosexual, “lesbian,” and “queer” identities in the African context, have been addressed by various scholarly publications in the past couple of decades. Yet same-sex interactions, relationships, and politics between African women have not garnered significant attention either in feminist/queer studies or in African studies, and remain largely unrepresented in academic writings. This special issue of the *Journal of Lesbian Studies *proposes to fill this scholarly gap by exploring this topic from a variety of cultural and disciplinary perspectives. Contributions by scholars on the African continent are particularly welcome.

The *Journal of Lesbian Studies* is an interdisciplinary journal; hence, multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Such approaches include, for example, cultural studies, literary studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, geography, social movement studies, political science, psychology, and public health. Contributions from the perspective of gender, queer, and sexuality studies and/or postcolonial or subaltern studies will be given particular consideration.

Potentially relevant questions include, but are not limited to: how do women who engage in same-sex sexual interactions and relations represent themselves in Africa, both socially and discursively? How do they relate to Western concepts of lesbianism or homosexuality? How do they relate to culturally specific concepts of gender and sexuality in their respective ethnic groups? How do they theorize and negotiate the intersections of religion, racism, sexism, compulsory heterosexuality, and discrimination in their respective societies? How do they position themselves in relation to postcolonial and neocolonial politics? How do women respond to gender diversity and transgender experiences within lesbian and “queer” communities? How do these issues influence their identity formation or their negotiation of subjectivity and agency? In what kinds of local and global activism do they engage? What partnerships have lesbian movements forged with feminist movements in African countries and across the global South and North?

Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George are the guest editors for this special issue. Please submit a one-page proposal, together with a two-page CV, to either Ashley Currier ( or Thérèse Migraine-George ( by January 1, 2015.

The guest editors will respond to proposals by February 1, 2015. Complete manuscripts of approximately 7,500-8,000 words will be due by May 1, 2015.



Call For Papers: Gender Matters Conference Submission Deadline: 2 January 2015 Governors State University Announces the 5th Annual Gender Matters: All in the family?

April 17-18, 2015
University Park, Illinois

Gender Matters is an academic conference highlighting research on gender, women, and sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods.  Conference planners seek to bring together scholars, researchers, activists, practitioners, and students to discuss the ongoing role of gender in structuring society.  We invite submissions for individual papers, panels, performances, workshops, films/videos, and posters. 

This year's theme, All in the Family?, focuses our attention on the many ways that gender shapes and is shaped by notions, structures, practices, performances, and representations of "family" broadly defined.  While conference planners invite work on all matters related to gender, we are particularly interested in work that problematizes the concept of family and examines it in local, transnational, and global contexts and through multiple lenses.

Potential topics for proposals include, but are not limited to, questions such as:

How do representations of family in popular culture reify, expand, transform our understandings of gender?  How do institutional and symbolic changes in family interrelate? * What does a queer, postmodern family look like?  How is family performed? * How might recent institutional changes (such as rulings allowing same-sex marriage) change the gendered nature of this (too?) long-term family arrangement? * How do (material/imagined/virtual/fictional/representational/religious) families act as sites for constructing gender and sexual identities?  For constructing systems of power?  For fomenting resistance? * How do social media create new "families of choice"?  How do they function to discipline/surveil family behavior? * How have emigration/immigration, remittances, and long-distance/long-term separation of children and parents shaped families? * How has the mass incarceration of darker, poorer, predominantly male people affected families? * Who's taking care of whom?  How is caregiving raced, classed, and gendered?  What generational patterns have emerged? * How does the gendered division of labor shape family relations? How does the Global North/Global South division of labor shape the family? * Do sexual divisions of labor in the family inherently generate inequalities? * How do families support or deny women's power over their bodies, sexual activity, and reproductive choices? * How have the increased participation of women in the military, the increase in multiple call-ups, and the high rate of serious injuries, including PTSD, affected families?  How has the high rate of sexual assault in the military affected the response to the military's self-characterization as family? * In what ways are the causes and consequences of the many refugee crises (in Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Gaza, Mexico, Arizona, etc.) gendered? * How is violence within families and communities and between families and communities gendered?  How are responses to that violence gendered?

We also welcome proposals on topics not related to this year's theme, but dealing with gender and/or sexuality, including those on teaching gender and/or sexuality.

Plenary speakers and performers will be announced on the website.

Submission guidelines and forms can be found at: beginning Oct. 17, 2014.  Please note that only submissions adhering to the stated guidelines will be accepted.

For individual papers, individual performances, or posters, please submit a title page with complete author contact information; an abstract of no more than 250 words; and a brief biography (no more than 75 words).  Paper panels will be organized into groups of three or four.

For panels, films/videos, or group performances, please submit a rationale and description (no more than 500 words), including its format (paper presentations, roundtable discussion, type of exhibit or performance, workshop); contact information for all presenters; an abstract of no more than 250 words for each presenter's work; and a brief biography (no more than 75 words) of each presenter.

Please direct inquiries to<>.

Important Dates
Submissions Website Available: 17 October 2014 Submission Deadline: 2 January 2015
Acceptance Notifications: 30 January 2015
Early Registration Deadline: 27 February 2015 ($25 students; $55 regular)
Registration Deadline: 20 March 2015 ($40 students; $70 regular)
Gender Matters Conference: 17-18 April 2015 (Friday and Saturday)


Extended Call For Proposals: “Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time”

Deadline: January 5, 2015

Join us for the 13th annual conference hosted by the graduate students of the IU Department of English to be held at Indiana University, Bloomington on March 26-28, 2015.

“Breaking Futures: Imaginative (Re)visions of Time” invites scholars from the humanities, sciences, education, law, and public health to explore the diverse meanings of the future across texts, methodologies, and time periods. How do some futures “break” by intruding on the present? How are others “broken?” How do genre, discipline, and methodology impact representations of, expectations for, and prescience regarding the future? What do local, national, and global futures look like from the vantage point of higher education’s shifting landscape? 

Please submit (both as an attachment AND in the body of the email) an abstract of no more than 250 words along with a few personal details (name, institutional affiliation, degree level, email, and phone number) by our extended deadline, January 5, 2015, to  

Our complete CFP is located at Below are some suggestions for possible topics affiliated with our conference theme. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions engaged with other subject matters.

Futurescapes * Biological & environmental futurism * Deep time * The longue durée * The anthropocene * Periodization and periodic/epistemic breaks * Post-raciality/black pessimism * Afrofuturism * Queer futurity * Disabled futurity & crip time * Reproductive futurity * Techno-futurism * Transhumanism * Post-feminism/structuralism/colonialism/modernism/humanism/gender * Science fiction & cyberpunk * Retrofuturism * Memory & dreams * Eschatology * Premeditation * Political revolution & reform * Monumentalization * Social-scientific projection & mathematical modeling * The future of the university * STEM to STEAM * Digital humanities * Utopias & dystopias * Optimism & pessimism 



Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/
Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale

Call for Papers
Issue 38.1
Deadline: 7 January 2015

Author Instructions

*Manuscripts must be submitted to the Atlantis on-line system at;

*Manuscripts should not exceed 7,000 words, including references;

*Use of Chicago Style (author, date) is required (see and click on the ‘author-date’ button);

*Manuscripts must be anonymized with no references to the author in the manuscript; if submissions are not properly anonymized, they will be returned to the authors;

*For further instructions, see the Author Guidelines at

** When submitting your manuscript to the Atlantis on-line system, please note the following: If you have not already registered, please do so by clicking “Register” ( Be sure to select the “Author” checkbox in the “Register as” section at the bottom of the registration form to ensure that you are able to make your submission using the system.


This Call for Papers asks for submissions for one thematic cluster and one open topic cluster.

Cluster #1: Learning Elsewhere? Critical Perspectives on Community-based Praxis Learning in Canadian Women’s and Gender Studies Programs

Editors: Amber Dean, Jennifer L. Johnson, and Susanne Luhmann

Canadian universities are undergoing a significant shift in institutional priorities in the early 21st century, and one of those shifts involves a new emphasis on providing students with opportunities for community-based learning. Where community-based learning has been implemented by WGS faculty and programs, WGS typically invokes activist-oriented, social justice frameworks seeking to distinguish feminist community involvement from “service” or “volunteering”-- by prioritizing critiques of power, privilege, and identity so central to the intellectual work of the field. We are interested in papers that explore whether/how such distinctions between WGS approaches to community-based praxis and more typical service- or community-based learning approaches hold up under scrutiny. Are WGS approaches really so different? What tensions arise from the quite different agendas of postsecondary institutions (e.g. producing workplace ready students, making university education about the acquisition of instrumental knowledge/marketable skills, and building positive community relations) and WGS’s social justice orientation; do WGS programs subvert or adjust to this orientation towards community engagement currently being advanced by our universities and colleges?

We invite previously unpublished essays that contemplate, analyze and otherwise reflect upon community-based praxis learning in WGS programs in Canada. Rather than solicit a series of descriptive experiences of practicum placements, we invite rigorous interpretations, theorizations, and historicizations of how WGS programs of all sizes and in all regions of Canada imagine the relationship of WGS to its communities through student placements, practica, internships, activist projects, and other praxis undertaken for credit. Further, we are interested in how community-based learning in WGS attends to the political and theoretical commitments of the field: to indigeneity, anti-racism, decolonization, queering, the affective, the transnational, anti-poverty, dis/ability, and others. Single and co-authored papers as well as collaborative works involving WGS scholars and past or current community partners or students are invited. The editors are simultaneously compiling a book manuscript on community-based praxis in WGS. Please address queries about this cluster or the book manuscript to Amber Dean (, Jennifer L. Johnson (, and Susanne Luhmann (

Questions that papers might address could include: What role does community-based praxis learning play in the self-understanding of WGS as a form of resistant knowledge? * Is it possible to teach praxis? What pedagogical questions are central to the WGS praxis component? * (How) does WGS praxis engage with decolonization and anti-racism? * What constitutes “work experience” for WGS students in the liberal arts university, the community college, the CEGEP, or the hybrid professional stream/WGS program? * What is the future “work” of the WGS graduate and how does experience with praxis contribute to that? * How is WGS praxis culturally/politically specific to a Euro/western context? * What happens when praxis projects go international? How is WGS praxis conceptualized in the Global South and other places? * In what ways is global neoliberalism shaping the goals of university/college education and how does WGS praxis fit into this context? * What do contemporary movements and activist organizations get out of WGS praxis placements? Of what benefit is the praxis component to a WGS program? Of what benefit is it to the student? * How do women’s organizations, including rape crisis, shelters, women’s centres, etc., perceive praxis in WGS? * How useful is university/college/CEGEP-based WGS praxis to “the community” and how can this be evaluated? * (How) can more critical approaches to praxis cultivated in WGS resist co-optation, yet possibly harness the potential of the widespread institutional prioritization of community-based learning occurring now at Canadian universities?

Cluster #2: Open Topic

Editors: Ann Braithwaite and Annalee Lepp

Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice/Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice sociale also welcomes submissions on topics and themes other than those identified in the above thematic clusters that fit with the journal’s mission statement (see

Issue Publication Date: Winter 2015-2016



CFP: Introductory Reader in Women’s Studies (under contract)

Co-editors L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan are soliciting submissions for a forthcoming reader for introductory students in women’s and gender studies that provides rigorous and cutting edge content for first- and second-year students. We invite proposals (250-500 words) of *unpublished creative writings* (poems, short fiction) and *academic/theoretical work* that incorporate intersectional and/or transnational perspectives. We are particularly interested in submissions that push current ways of thinking that are based in critique as well as those that offer perspectives beyond critique and suggestive of social change while being accessible to a cross-section of soon-to-be college students who will be in the classroom learning what it means to think through interdisciplinarity and a prism of race, class, gender, sexualities, nationalities, abilities, and religions.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

*History and contemporary movements*: black feminisms/womanism; Chicana/Latina feminisms; Asian diaspora feminisms; and indigenous feminisms * organizing/activism tied to LGBTQAI+ communities * intersectional approaches to disability movements and feminism * social networks and activism

*Interdisciplinarity in the Field*: what it means to do interdisciplinary work in women’s studies

*Concerns in the Field*: gender and work in a neoliberal world (class analyses particularly welcome) * constructions of marriage/family (from interracial LGBT to its limitations) * representations of genders, race, and/or sexualities in media studies * hip hop culture * theoretical approaches to asexuality * polyamorous relationships * sex positivity and consent through intersectional lens * institutionalized sexual violence (e.g. on college campuses and in the military) * digital culture, gaming culture and technology through intersectional frameworks * health, healthcare, and gender, especially in a transnational context * spirituality through intersectional and transnational lenses * shaping the body (from cosmetic surgeries to fitness/feminism)

The submission deadline for proposals is January 9, 2014. Please send questions and/or a PDF of the proposal, including contact details (name, institutional or organizational affiliation, email, and phone number) to Barbara Shaw at Once a proposal is conditionally accepted, the deadline for the completed chapter of no more than 2500 words will be July 1, 2015. This reader is under contract.



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Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Black Women’s Internationalism
Editors: Tiffany M. Gill and Keisha N. Blain

The scholarship on the Black International has been predominately male-centric, emphasizing individuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, George Schuyler, Paul Robeson and C.L.R. James. With few exceptions, black women have been marginalized in historical narratives of black internationalism, which center on the global visions of black people in the United States and their sustained efforts to forge transnational collaborations and solidarities with people of color from across the globe. This volume is a collection of essays that analyze the gendered contours of black internationalism and explore the creative and critical ways women articulated black internationalism during the twentieth century. Highlighting the writings, speeches, performances, activism, and overseas travel of a diverse range of female actors, this collection moves black women from the margins to the center of the historical narrative. However, this anthology does more than just expand the paucity of scholarship on black women and internationalism.  Indeed, this volume is both an assessment of the field as well as an attempt to expand the contours of black internationalism theoretically, spatially, and temporally.  In contrast to studies that confine black internationalism to foreign policy agendas and political insurgencies, this collection captures the shifting meanings, complexities, and varied articulations of the term.

The editors seek historical essays that employ a gender analysis, foreground black women’s voices, and reveal the underappreciated importance of women in shaping black internationalist movements and discourse(s) during the twentieth century. We are especially interested in manuscripts that reconceptualize internationalism beyond narrowly defined notions of political struggle to include consumption practices, leisure, and artistic expressions. We also seek manuscripts that expand the scholarly discourse on black internationalism to include the ideas and activities of the black working class. We encourage potential contributors to submit articles that explore topics that include but are not limited to the following:

* Black women’s travels * Black women’s international activism * Expressions of cosmopolitanism * International consumer practices * Global Feminism(s) * International cultural exchanges/ practices * Working-class internationalism * Gender and Pan-Africanism * Global religious expressions * Global black beauty culture and adornment practices * Global performative and artistic expressions * Black women’s engagement with the Black Atlantic/ Black Pacific * Black women’s internationalist writings * Black women and the military * Black women’s engagement with foreign policy * Anti-colonial/ Anti-imperial discourses

Completed manuscripts, due December 30, 2014, should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to<>. Essays should be no more than 35 typed, double spaced pages (12 pt. font), including endnotes. Citations should follow the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style. All entries should be accompanied by a title page and an abridged version of the author’s C.V. Please direct all inquiries to the editors via email at<>.  For additional information, please visit our website:<>



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Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers

Michigan State University invites the submission of article-length manuscripts (6,000 - 9,000 words) for peer review and publication in our Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers series. We seek materials at a late stage of formulation that contribute new understandings of women and men’s roles and relations amidst social, economic, and political change in the developing world. The goals of GPID are: (1) to promote research that contributes to gendered analysis of social change; (2) to highlight the effects of international development policy and globalization on gender roles and gender relations; and (3) to encourage new approaches to international development policy and programming.

GPID cross-cuts disciplines, bringing together research, critical analyses, and proposals for change. Individual papers in the series address a range of topics, such as gender, violence, and human rights; gender and agriculture; reproductive health and healthcare; gender and social movements; masculinities and development; and the gendered division of labor. We particularly encourage manuscripts that bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice. Accepted papers are individually printed for distribution as well as published online. We are an open access publication, and previously published papers can be viewed at:

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the series, please send a 150 word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points and findings to Dr. Anne Ferguson, Editor, or Rowenn Kalman, Managing Editor, at If the abstract suggests your paper is suitable for the GPID Working Papers, the full paper will be invited for peer review and publication consideration.

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