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Purdue University & Virginia Commonwealth University | African American Studies and Research Center | Call for Manuscript: Global Garveyism
Global Garveyism: Diasporic Aspirations and Utopian Dreams, Edited by Ronald J. Stephens and Adam Ewing, Call for Manuscripts
Established by Marcus Garvey with the assistance of Amy Ashwood in Jamaica in 1914, the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, hereafter UNIA) emerged as the largest and most influential Black Nationalist organization of the twentieth century. During a period of global instability and political reorganization, the UNIA's injunction to challenge European colonial rule, racial discrimination, and global white supremacy resonated with millions of black men and women around the world. Promoting racial unity, cultural pride, and economic cooperation and development, the organization eventually spread to approximately one thousand chapters in more than forty countries. Its influence was also manifest in political organizations, trade unions, welfare associations, immigration societies, churches, and millennial religious movements that did not maintain a formal association with the UNIA.
Despite the pioneering and essential work of scholars like Robert A. Hill, Tony Martin, Rupert Lewis, Barbara Bair, and others, Garveyism has until very recently remained a subject of scholarly neglect. This volume, the first edited volume on Garvey studies in nearly thirty years, seeks to showcase the new and dynamic attention given to Garveyism by scholars working in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, North America, and elsewhere. Conceived as a contribution to global studies, the volume will highlight the influence of Marcus Garvey's teachings across the African diaspora. In addition, the volume will highlight Garvey's political strategies, successes, and shortcomings; examine the enduring legacies of the Garvey movement beyond the 1920s; and capture the voices of the diverse women and men whose lives were deeply shaped by Garvey's teachings. The editors seek historical essays on the UNIA's activities in African and the African Diaspora that employ, transnational, national, local, and trans-local frames. Scholarly essays exploring the political lives of UNIA leaders, including rank-and-file activists, are especially welcome.
Application Procedures Focus and Format: Manuscripts should be original works not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the current guidelines of the Chicago Style Manual (16th edition). Essays should not exceed 35 typed, double-spaced, consecutively numbered pages, including all endnotes and bibliography. Illustrations should be indicated in text and labeled as an insert. Charts, tables, figures, etc., should consist of a minimum of 1 and 1/2 inch margins.
Submission Guidelines: Global Garveyism will emerge out of a multi-stage process. In April 2016 (dates TBD), the editors will host a conference at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Papers presented at that conference will be submitted for publication in an edited volume. Submit paper abstracts (up to 250 words) to stepher87@purdue.edu and aewing2@vcu.edu by May 1, 2015. Abstracts should include the paper's title; the author's full name, title, department, institutional or professional affiliation, return mailing address, email address, and telephone number; and the full names of co-authors, along with their titles, departments, institutional or professional affiliations, mailing addresses, and email addresses. Accepted authors will be contacted promptly and invited to participate in the conference. Full manuscripts should be submitted by March 10, 2016, and will be circulated prior to the conference. | Application Deadline May 15, 2015 | Do not post after March 20, 2016
 

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Calling all Researchers, Academicians, and Practitioners
Greetings:  I am pleased to announce the production of an edited volume tentatively titled “How It Got Over:” The Proliferation of Gospel Music from the Dorsey Movement to the Modern Gospel Music Industry. The objective of this forthcoming book is to inspire high quality research providing meaningful insights into the gospel music industry, along with substantial historical content to facilitate dissemination of knowledge among academicians, researchers and practitioners in this particular area of the music industry. The book is scheduled to be released in July 2015. I look forward to a richness and originality of ideas in this edited volume. Contributions are encouraged from researchers across academic disciplines and institutions as well as the music industry as a whole, nationwide.
​In the 1920's, more secular forms of musical expression began expanding into American Christian ritual fueled by worshippers’ growing recognition of their desires to incorporate more cultural self-expression into their worship experience. No place is this moment better exemplified than in the urban African-American church of the time. Many of the large, more established black churches and denominations of the period modeled after white counterparts were conservative in their rituals and limited appropriate religious musical expression to hymns, spirituals and anthems. Yet in rural churches and the tent revival community where things were less formal, more uniquely cultural musical expressions were being incorporated into worship thereby challenging the established norms.
The most prolific pioneer in the emerging American music genre, Thomas A. Dorsey, is known as the Father of Gospel Music. Dorsey was instrumental in its refinement, organization, and presentation to the world, which facilitated its greater acceptance and ultimately worldwide recognition. Today the music industry is in an upheaval as the advent of new technologies is reshaping the record business, radio, music production, distribution, marketing and performance.
From the assembling of writings under this call for papers, we seek to develop an understanding of: (1) how the Dorsey gospel music movement became a vibrant and lucrative sector of the American music industry; (2) where the gospel music industry is today from a socio-economic perspective and how did it get here; and finally (3) how it will likely evolve based upon theories of economics and/or cultural/religious evolution.
Other suggested non-exhaustive relevant topics include but are not limited to:
§   Thomas A. Dorsey and the birth of the Gospel Music movement
§   The evolution of Gospel Music singularly from a religious expressive art form to a subset of the music industry
§   An analysis of today's Gospel Music as a segment of the music industry and its likely future trajectory
§   A retrospective of Thomas A. Dorsey and his influence upon today's Gospel Music industry
§   The proliferation of Gospel Music in the post-Dorsey era
For full consideration, please submit your abstract (250 words) to Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr. by November 4, 2014 at A-Simpson@wiu.edu . Please indicate in the subject line "Dorsey Gospel" when e-mailing your abstract. Submissions should be formatted as Word or .pdf documents. Authors of selected proposals will be notified by December 4, 2014. Author(s) are expected to submit their manuscript for consideration to A-Simpson@wiu.edu by April 4, 2015 formatted in Word. For more information, contact: Alphonso Simpson, Jr. Ph.D., Professor, Department of African American Studies, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle - Morgan Hall 232, Macomb, IL 61455
Office: (309) 298-2360 or (309) 298-1181 | Email: a-simpson@wiu.edu

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