Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships-CFP

Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships-CFP

Call for Papers for manuscript submission for the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships which is published by the University of Nebraska Press.  This refereed, interdisciplinary journal will shed light upon the continuum of sexual expression of those of African descent.  Please submit narratives of qualitative and quantitative research efforts or of conceptual or clinical essays that seek to advance the field of sexology.

The first issue will be out in October, 2014 and so the deadline for manuscript review is 15 June 2014. 

For more information please visit their website here.


Send manuscripts electronically using Microsoft Word to James C. Wadley, Ph.D at and

DEADLINE: 15 June 2014

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere.  As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source.  All figures should be camera ready.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides.  Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller).  Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.

The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier “.doc” filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.

Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.  Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words.  Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition.  This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242, phone (202)336-5500, fax (202)336-5502.

Book Reviews
Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor.

Peer Review Policy
All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.

Message adapted from CFP announcement.

Call For Papers- Afro-Latinos in Movement

Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas

Deadline: 15 June 2014

Editors: Petra R. Rivera-Rideau (Virginia Tech), Jennifer A. Jones (Notre Dame), Tianna S. Paschel (University of Chicago)

How do ideas about, and experiences of, blackness travel across the Americas? How does this circulation of representations of blackness – through popular music, the internet, print media, and scholarship – influence local ideas of race and nation?  How does (im)migration to and within the Americas shape and reshape understandings about blackness? Afro-Latinos in Movement – an edited interdisciplinary volume being prepared for Palgrave Macmillan’s Afro-Latino Diasporas Series – seeks to answer such questions. A collection of theoretically engaging and empirically grounded chapters and original artwork, this book will examine African-descended populations in Latin America and Afro-Latinos in the United States in order to explore broader questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora in the Americas.  Afro-Latinos in Movement draws on previous works on race and blackness in Latin America and U.S. Latino communities, while also providing a uniquely hemispheric approach. The volume will build up from the U.S. context to critically examine how blackness, and more specifically afrolatinidad, is understood, transformed, and re-imagined across locales throughout the Americas. In this way, the volume emphasizes the multiple movements across geographic borders, and over time. Thus, Afro-Latinos in Movement will broaden and deepen the discussion on afrolatinidad in the Americas by providing a critical transnational approach to understanding blackness in the region.

Afro-Latinos in Movement will be arranged in three sections, each of which will emphasize the multidisciplinary aspect of this volume by incorporating a range of works including creative or biographical pieces. While the volume will highlight the circulation of ideas and identities across borders more generally, Afro-Latinos in Movement expects that about half of the contributions will center on Afrolatinidad in the United States.

To that end, Afro-Latinos in Movement invite manuscripts from both historical and contemporary perspectives that address topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The role of social media and the internet in shaping afrolatinidad
  • Afro-Latino cultural and political movements
  • The impact of migration on understandings of afrolatinidad
  • Representations of afrolatinidad in media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, digital media)
  • Theoretical interventions on diaspora and transnationalism in the Americas

Submission Guidelines

Afro-Latinos in Movement invites complete manuscripts from all disciplines for inclusion in this volume, including relevant creative works.  All submissions (creative or scholarly) must be original.

All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on 15 June 2014 and should include:

  • Author(s) curriculum vitae as separate attachment;
  • Manuscript title;
  • Name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information of author(s) including email address and phone number;
  • Abstract of the paper or creative piece up to 200 words;
  • Keywords (maximum of 6);
  • All tables and illustrations;
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of each author;
  • Scholarly papers should be 5000 to 8000 words, inclusive of references;
  • Poems, short stories, creative essays and biographical entries should be a maximum of 5000 words;
  • Artwork should be sent jpeg format, compressed to no larger than 25 MB (larger formats will be used for publication).

Manuscripts should be submitted via electronic attachment (word or PDF file preferred) to: with ‘Volume Submission’ in the subject line. CVs should be included as a separate document. Manuscripts may be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be reviewed continuously until the submission deadline. Final decisions will be issued to authors no later than 30th July 2014. Manuscripts will be published in English only.

Submitted manuscripts or artwork should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors for inclusion. Submissions will be continuously reviewed until the deadline. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

If you have any additional inquiries regarding the Call for Papers, submission guidelines, or volume series, please direct all inquiries to:

 Adapted from CFP announcement.

UPDATE: Word – A Caribbean Bookfest


36 Writers. 18 Countries. WORD!

Sunday, 8 June 2014   2:00pm – 8:00pm

Medgar Evers College 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn NY  

INFO: 718-783-8345 / 718-270-6917 / 718-270-6218
DONATION: $10 – adults. $5.00 – children









Space on the Shelf – Creativity and commerce as it relates to Caribbean writers and the Publishing Industry
Avril Ashton – Secret Cravings Publishing
Ashton Franklin – Franklin & Franklin Publishing
Johanna Ingalls – Akashic Books
Moderator: Ron Kavanaugh, publisher, Mosaic Literary Magazine

Verse in Print – Where the poem will live, in traditional publishing or in digital media.
Jason Price (Belize), leaves of love
Monique Simon (Antigua & Barbuda), T.H.E. Carib Kindling: Fire Lights!
Mervyn Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago), The Waving Gallery
Moderator: Anthony ‘Wendell’ DeRiggs, author, Reflections and Ole Talk

Speaking in Tongues – Translation in formal and informal language
Adam Mansbach (USA), Go de Rass to Sleep
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica), Go de Rass to Sleep
Anthony Polanco (Panama)
Yolaine St. Fort (Haiti), For the Crown of Their Heads
Moderator: Dhanpaul Narine, president, Shri Trimurti Bhavan






Young Readers

(Under 8yrs.): Culture Making – Literature That Defines Us
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica), Little Lion Goes for Gold
Carol Ottley-Mitchell (St. Kitts – Nevis), Chee Chee in Paradise
Ibi Zoboi (Haiti), A is for Ayiti
Moderator: Karlene Largie, Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations

Seeing Self – Illustrators as storytellers
Ricardo Cortes (Mexico)
Laura James (Jamaica), Anna Carries Water
Joseph Zoboi (Trinidad & Tobago)
Moderator: Ingrid Charles, Aruban Antillean Association

Coming of Age – Journeys into the Unknown
Chen Chin (Jamaica), The Adventures of Flat Head
CJ Farley (Jamaica), Game World
Joanne Skerrett (Dominica), Abraham’s Treasure
Clyde Viechweg (Grenada), Caribbean Twilight: Tales of the Supernatural
Moderator: Beverly Benjamin-George, Friends of the Antigua Public LIbrary

New Voices – Open Mic
A stage, a microphone, a poem; a world of possibilities
Moderator: Rose October Edun, Guyana Cultural Association

Adult Readers
Lest We Forget – When that’s all you have memory, memorial and memoir
Lloyd Crooks (Trinidad & Tobago), Ice and Eyes in the Sun
Hubert Guscott (Jamaica), Mystical Speed
D C Campbell (Grenada), Blood of Belvidere
Carole Boyce Davies, author, Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zone – Moderator

(Re)defining Home – Caribbean-American writers on place and voice
Jennifer Davis Carey (US/Barbados), Near The Hope
Nyasha Laing (US/Belize), The Year of Buriels
Idrissa Simmonds (Canada/Haiti/Jamaica), Heirloom

Words and Colours – The happy pairing of visual artists who write.
Anna Ruth Henriques (Jamaica), The Book of Mechtilde
Deborah Jack (St. Marteen/St. Martin)
Iyaba Mandingo (Antigua & Barbuda), Sins of My Fathers
Michèle Voltaire Marcellin (Haiti), Lost and Found

Wordsmiths – New Voices. New Tales.
Annette Vendryes Leach (Panama), Song of the Shaman
Petra Lewis (Trinidad & Tobago), The Sons and Daughters of Ham
Katia Ulysse (Haiti), Drifting

Get Up! Stand Up! – Texts of Empowerment II
Adissa AJA Andwele (Barbados), Just Words
Arielle John (Trinidad & Tobago), Sea, Land and Mountains
Michèle Voltaire Marcellin (Haiti), Lost and Found
Hermina Marcellin (St. Lucia)
David Mills (US/Jamaica), Sudden Country
Ras Osagyefo (Jamaica), Psalms of Osagyefo
Maria Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Brooklyn’s Daughter
Ras Yah Yah (St. Lucia)





Message adapted from email announcement.

Call for Panels and Papers -10th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies







“More than White, More than Mulatto, More than Black”: Racial Politics in Cuba and the Americas

Call for Panels and Papers
10th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies
Deadline for submission: 31 October 2014

Conference Dates: 26-28 February 2015
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Miami, Florida

The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) of Florida International University continues its
tradition of convening scholars and other persons interested in the study of Cuba and
Cuban Americans by announcing its 10th Conference. CRI encourage the submission of
panels and papers concentrating on any aspects of the main conference theme, but will
consider all submissions relevant to the history, economy, politics, culture, society, and
creative expression of Cuba and its diaspora.

In 1893, the Cuban patriot, journalist, and poet José Martí published his famous article,
“Mi raza” (“My Race”). In it he argued against fomenting racial divisions within the
context of Cuba’s independence struggle from Spain. His axiom that “man is more than
white, more than mulatto, more than black” has been extensively cited since then.
Although Martí’s thought has been praised for promoting racial integration and
equality, scholars and activists have criticized the practical implications of his model of
racial democracy in Cuba and elsewhere.

Guidelines for Presenting Panels and Papers

Although CRI prefers panel proposals, they will attempt to group individual papers in sessions according to shared themes. Panels will ideally include four paper presenters, a chair (who may be one of the presenters), and a discussant. Panels may feature five paper presentations if they do not include a discussant. Participants may perform two roles at the conference (chair, discussant, roundtable participant, or paper presenter) but may not present more than one paper. Submissions may be in English or Spanish.

Proposals for panels or roundtables must include a general description of the theme and one-page abstracts of each participant’s paper. Each presentation will be limited to 20 minutes. The following information must be submitted for each participant: full name, role in the session, academic affiliation, title of presentation, preferred addresses, office, cell, and home phone numbers, fax, and email address. Persons wishing to submit individual papers must present a one-page abstract and all pertinent personal data.

The deadline for submission of all paper and panel proposals is 31 October 2014. Notifications of acceptance (or refusal) will be sent out by 1 December 2014. For further information about the conference and other CRI activities, please visit their website here

All submissions and requests for information should be sent to An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent.

The Tenth Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies takes Martí’s dictum as a
cue for further academic inquiry and public debate. Their main theme, Racial Politics in
Cuba and the Americas, invites comparisons between Cuban experiences of race and
those of other Latin American and Caribbean peoples (such as Puerto Ricans,
Dominicans, Haitians, and Brazilians), as well as their diasporic communities. Although
CRI emphasizes the racial politics that emerged from the African-European encounter, they
welcome analyses focusing on other racialized groups in Cuba and the Americas. CRI
is especially interested in examining the economic, social, and cultural underpinnings
of racial politics, as well as their histories, enduring significance, and potential futures.
Panels and papers could focus on but are not limited to the following topics: Continue reading Call for Panels and Papers -10th Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

17th Annual Eastern Caribbean Islands Cultures Call for Papers

17th Annual Eastern Caribbean  Islands Cultures (‘ISLANDS IN BETWEEN’)
Conference on the Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the Eastern Caribbean
Co-organized by the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center, and Universidad de Costa Rica, Cátedra de Estudios de África y el Caribe y la Sede Regional del Caribe.

Call for Papers

Papers may be in English, Spanish or any other Caribbean language and should conform to the allotted fifteen minutes of presentation time and five minutes of question time. Please submit your proposal within the text of an e-mail and NOT as an attachment. Proposals should include: a one-page abstract (maximum 250 words), the author’s name, postal and e-mail addresses, home institution (if applicable), and a brief
biography (50 words or less).

Please send submissions or enquiries to the Puerto Rico Conference Organizing Committee (Dannabang Kuwabong, Nicholas Faraclas, and Yolanda Rivera):
Conference dates: Thursday 6 November to Saturday 8 November 2014
(Arrival: Wednesday November 5, 2014. Departure: Sunday November 9, 2014)
Venue: Universidad de Costa Rica, Sede Regional del Caribe, Port Limón City.

Lead Presenter’s Name:
Professional Title/Position:
Mailing Address:
Names & Addresses of Co-Presenters (if applicable):
Title of Abstract:
Abstract Text:
Brief (50 word) Bio-data:

Suggested topics for presentation include:
• Language, Literature, Culture, History, and Education in Limón
• Eastern Caribbean Drama, Poetry, Fiction, Cinema, Essays, Biographies, etc.
• Language and Culture, Identity, and/or Gender in the Eastern Caribbean
• Creole Linguistics and the Creolization of Languages and Cultures in the Eastern Caribbean
• Art, Music, Dance, Cuisine, and Popular Culture of the Eastern Caribbean
• Eastern Caribbean Carnival, Religions, Other Performance Traditions
• The Environment, Tourism, and Development in the Eastern Caribbean
• Culture and Politics, Society, History, Law, and Economics in the Eastern Caribbean

Information regarding the conference will be available on the Islands In Between Web Page here.

Adapted from email announcement.

Christopher Winks lecture at Godwin-Ternbach Museum

“Styling at the Afro Spot: Black Gods, Black Aesthetics” 

Christopher Winks lecture “Styling at the Afro Spot: Black Gods, Black Aesthetics” in conjunction with exhibition: “Abdias Nascimento: Artist, Activist Author”


Tuesday 13 May at 12:15 pm

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

405 Klapper Hall

65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Flushing, NY 11367



Professor Christopher Winks (QC Comparative Literature) will lecture on the politics of Afro-Atlantic artistic representation.

28 April – 21 June 2014

This exhibition, organized by the GTM and John Collins, Director of the Program in Latin America and Latino Studies in collaboration with the Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute (IPEAFRO), displays forty artworks by Abdias Nascimento (1914-2011), a critical political and artistic figure in Brazil and the African diaspora, an activist and founding force in Brazil’s black movement, as well as an author, playwright, senator, and artist.

For more information visit the website here.



Message adapted from email announcement.

CFP- Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014

Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014 Annual Meeting

Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.

31 October – 1 November 2014

Paine College, Augusta, Georgia.

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 1 August 2014

Submission Guidelines:  Email a Microsoft Word document including the title, abstract, institutional affiliation, rank or occupation, and email address to:

Over the last decade, the worsening plight of Blacks in the United States has raised fundamental questions about reconciling democracy with poverty, freedom with statism and government surveillance, and the idea of racial progress with the routinized deaths/murders of Black men, women and children. These realities have led some to ask a deeper question: Did slavery ever really end, or do Blacks around the world still effectively live in chains?

The thought of Blacks as NEW SLAVES has led recent scholars to reformulate questions of race, class, and gender into more complex notions of empire, neo-liberalism, and sexual violence. This reformulation has drawn on and reshaped resources from a variety of sources. Africana philosophy, Latin American philosophy, (post) structuralism/ (post) colonialism, psychoanalysis, and anti-colonial thought have loomed large, as have the works of literary, visual, and performing artists.

The 2014 meeting of Philosophy Born of Struggle takes up these questions and resources. Hosted this year at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Philosophy Born of Struggle  asks for papers and panels looking to explore the complex obstacles towards freedom, or more accurately stated, how the conditions, values, and institutions PBOS have made synonymous to “being free,” have in fact concealed and consolidated the long afterlife of slavery.

Research questions includeContinue reading CFP- Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014

Call for Papers: Special Issue of The Black Scholar on Race, Blackness, and the Dominican Republic

UPDATED Call for Papers: Special Issue of The Black Scholar on Race, Blackness, and the Dominican Republic

New deadline: Abstracts by 31 July 2014 and full article by 15 December 2014

Submissions should be sent to special guest editors, Raj Chetty ( and Amaury Rodríguez (

Publication of the special issue is slated for late 2015. When preparing manuscripts, please follow The Black Scholar Submission Guidelines.

The editors of The Black Scholar welcome essays for a special issue examining the complexity of black cultural politics and identity in the Dominican Republic. This special issue seeks to analyze Dominican racial relations against the grain of the cross-disciplinary consensus, primarily U.S.-based, that focuses on Dominicans’ “negrophobia,” “anti-Haitianism,” and “self-hatred.” In this way, the issue inserts itself into a globally comparative Black Studies, including the articulations and disarticulations between blackness in the US, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

Aiming to include a cross-disciplinary group of writers, scholars, and activists from the Dominican Republic and Dominicanists from abroad, the issue invites essays on the following topics:

  • Methodologies of studying blackness and Africanness in the Dominican Republic
  • Archives/archaeologies of Dominican blackness
  • Imperialism, blackness, and U.S.-Dominican relations
  • Dominican Black transnationalisms: intra-Caribbean, inter-American, and African-Dominican
  • Critical histories of antihaitianismo, Haitian-Dominican cultural relations, and/or Haitian-Dominican solidarity
  • Race and blackness in Dominican popular cultural production
  • Political economy of blackness vis-à-vis the Dominican Republic
  • Racism, colorism, and white supremacy in Dominican social structures
  • Perceptions of Dominicans by U.S. Blacks, Caribbeans, and/or Africans
  • Dominican conceptualizations of diaspora: la diáspora in Dominican migration, African diaspora in a Dominican sense, diaspora in an Afro-dominican sense

The issue anticipates that the suggested topics in the list above, or relevant topics not listed, will engage scholars in Black/Africana Studies, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, Psychology, Literary Studies, Theater & Performance Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Media Studies, Ethnomusicology, and History.

The issue will also feature poetry, art, and fiction by black- and Afro-affirming Dominican writers and artists, in English translation.

THE BLACK SCHOLAR is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal providing cogent articles that help the understanding of issues of social concern to black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world. To provide full range for the development of black thought in a climate where fora are still limited, The Black Scholar emphasizes writings by black authors. The journal was launched in 1969 with the premise that black authors, scholars, artists and activists could participate in dialogue within its pages, “uniting the academy and the street.” Its editors have been dedicated to finding and developing new talent and continuing to publish established authors. TBS is now a refereed journal published with Routledge. Nonetheless, it retains its policy of publishing non-academic organic intellectuals from a variety of vocations and avocations.

For more on the journal’s history and philosophy, please visit its website.

Message adapted from circulated CFP. See original CFP here (Spanish version here).

CFP: Edited Collection on Black Women’s Internationalism

Call for Papers: Edited Collection on Black Women’s Internationalism

Editors: Tiffany M. Gill and Keisha N. Blain

Deadline: Completed manuscripts by 30 December 2014

Submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to

Guidelines: 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 the website here.

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 under-appreciated importance of women in shaping black internationalist movements and discourse(s) during the twentieth century. The editors are especially interested in manuscripts that reconceptualize internationalism beyond narrowly defined notions of political struggle to include consumption practices, leisure, and artistic expressions. The editors also seek manuscripts that expand the scholarly discourse on black internationalism to include the ideas and activities of the black working class. The editors encourage potential contributors to submit articles that explore topics that include but are not limited to the following: Continue reading CFP: Edited Collection on Black Women’s Internationalism

CFP- for a special issue of American Periodicals

Call for Papers for a special issue of American Periodicals
Black Periodical Studies
Guest Editors Eric Gardner and Joycelyn Moody

Deadline: 30 August 2014

Submissions and/or questions should be made to Eric Gardner via 

American Periodicals seek short essays (4,000-5,000 words including notes, bibliographic and otherwise) that follow the guidelines in the current Chicago Manual of Style.  Authors’ names should not appear in manuscripts.  Figures and illustrations must be provided in black/white or gray scale as high quality pdfs.

The Fall 2015 issue of American Periodicals will be devoted to texts exploring the field of Black periodical studies and/or exploring issues in/of Black periodicals across the centuries, from Freedom’s Journal to Vibe and beyond. American Periodicals seeks scholarship that considers the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and periodical studies–including, but not limited to, approaches that engage book history studies or center on print culture. American Periodicals aim to give a glimpse into the “state of the field” by bringing together samples of diverse work that show clear engagement with key questions in Black periodical studies while simultaneously sharing exciting new subjects and methods. American Periodicals hopes for diverse approaches–from works that explore specific “cases” that illustrate what scholarship on Black periodicals might be, do, and become, to essays that explore waves, trends, or movements through broad-based approaches that survey wide groups of texts. In addition to the content and/or “look and feel” of texts, American Periodicals is interested in manuscripts that explore topics tied to editorial practice and policy, authorship, financing, production, design, illustration, circulation, readership, reception, cultural position, collection/preservation, and a rich range of other subjects tied to Black periodicals. Strong interdisciplinary work will be welcomed. Continue reading CFP- for a special issue of American Periodicals

Call for Caribbean Fiction

CCC Press ( is showcasing new writing in English from around the world in their new series of country anthologies.  The World Englishes Literature (Fiction) series ( has so far published anthologies of stories from Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Malaysia. The anthologies focus on the production of new writing (unpublished) in English or local Englishes, which is edited and presented with a critical introduction.  This is a call for the projected collection from Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Please send submissions by email to Tiffany Austin attached as a Microsoft Word document (Word count: 3000-8000 words).

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Message adapted from email announcement.

The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art

Call for Book Chapters:

Vodou: I Remember: The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art, edited by Celucien L. Joseph and Nixon S. Cleophat

Deadline: 23 May 2014

If you would like to contribute to this important volume, along with your CV, please submit a 300 word abstract to or 

Please send original and unpublished essays for this book. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of June 2014.

Since its creation in the New World, arguably, it can be said that the Afro-Haitian Religion of Vodou—as a “Haitian genius”—has been represented as an “unsettling faith” and even a “cultural paradox” throughout Haitian history—from 17th century colonial Saint-Domingue to 21st century postcolonial Haiti—as expressed in Haitian literature, thought, law, politics, painting, and Haitian art. An “idea” of Vodou has emerged from each of these cultural symbols and representations, and intellectual expressions. The Vodouist discourse not only pervades every aspect of the Haitian life and experience, it has had a momentous impact on the evolution of Haitian intellectual, aesthetic, and literary imagination as well as on Haitian theological discourse.  In addition, with the emergence of and great interest in Haitian studies in North America, the need to explore all dimensions of the Haitian life and writing, particularly of the Haitian religious experience in Vodou, is critical and important for current and future scholarship, as well as for students of culture, history, and religion.

Consequently, an open invitation goes out to interested scholars and writers to contribute a book chapter to a new volume tentatively called Vodou: I Remember: The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art. This project is interdisciplinary both in nature and content. The goal is to explore how Haitian writers, artists, cultural critics, intellectuals, and theologians have imagined and engaged the Vodou religion and spirituality, and correspondingly, constructed their own ideas of the Afro-Haitian Religion. The emphasis of this volume is on “the idea and representation of Vodou.”  The contributor should be mindful of the cultural, socio-economic, and political context which gave birth to different visions and ideas of Vodou. The book is divided in four parts as follows: Part I: Vodou and Haitian intellectuals and cultural critics, Part II: Vodou and Haitian Women, Part III:Vodou and Haitian Theologians, and Part IV: Vodou and Haitian art, painting, (folkloric) dance, and music (mizik rasin [“roots music”]).

Potential topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following: Continue reading The Idea of Vodou in Haitian Thought, Literature, Music, and Art

CaFa Film Nights


CaFa Film Nights

Womens History Month Edition

28 March, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Nicolas Brooklyn

570 Fulton Street

This month, in honor of Women’s History Month, CaFa is showcasing the work of 6 very talented, emerging filmmakers who are women and just so happen to be Caribbean women.  While women are still in the minority when it comes to making films, there has been a steady growth in the number of women choosing film as their storytelling medium.  Come out and join CaFa as they share a sampling of these works.  CaFa’s screening will feature the work of 6 filmmakers, from 6 countries, exploring 6 different themes: love, loneliness, pain, destiny, desire, and separation.  CaFa will follow up each film with a discussion of the theme raised and share more intimate details on the filmmakers and their work.

About the filmmakers:

Continue reading CaFa Film Nights

Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar

Please join the Center of Humanities for the next Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar

Marisa Fuentes: Venus Whipped: Abolition Discourse, Gendered Violence and the British Caribbean Archive

Friday 21 March, 1:00pm– 3:00pm

Room 8304

In 1787, British Prime Minister William Pitt convened the Privy Council to gather evidence on the slave trade and slavery in the West Indies in anticipation of debates on abolition of the trade.  The report generated over a thousand pages of testimony from white male witnesses who often recounted violent scenes in which enslaved women were victims of spectacular punishment, mutilation and in various states of mortification. This paper indexes British conceptions of gender and sexuality within the form and content of this archive. Marisa Fuentes raises questions about the difficulty of historicizing spectacular (gendered) violence within exclusively white male discourse and engage theoretical scholarship on the archives of slavery in an attempt to narrate the fleeting and brutal glimpses of enslaved women’s experiences in the West Indies towards the period of amelioration.  Despite the multiple ways in which this archive is mediated by power Marisa Fuentes offers a way to read for moments when enslaved women force themselves into history.

Readings are available here.

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Critical Caribbean presents a lecture by Mimi Sheller: “Sexual Citizenship and a Queer Caribbean”

Critical Caribbean invites you to join them for a lecture by: Mimi Sheller from Drexel University.

“Sexual Citizenship and a Queer Caribbean”

Monday 24 March, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Tillet Hall 253, Livingston Campus

53 Avenue E

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Reception with faculty and students, Tula (47 Easton Avenue) at 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Abstract: Re-thinking the complex historical intersections and inter-embodiments of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the Atlantic world can inform a theory of embodied freedom in wider contemporary contexts of the neocolonial restructuring of citizenship, sovereignty, and power across both national and transnational terrains. In this talk I offer an overview of two key aspects of the literature on citizenship that help us to re-think “queer” performances of citizenship in the Caribbean: first, theories of citizenship as a performative and locally embedded practice, and second theories of sexual citizenship as a crucial dimension of practices of freedom. This critical re-thinking of citizenship has important implications for struggles over citizenship in the Caribbean today.

Event organized by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Yarimar Bonilla and Ronald Cummings, and the Archipelagic Studies & Creolization Cluster.

Co-sponsored by Critical Caribbean Studies, the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Comparative Literature and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.

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