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Call for Papers

42nd Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference!

NCBS is accepting abstracts for individual paper, poster, panel, session, roundtable discussion, workshop, town hall meeting that explore the Black experience locally, nationally, and/or globally from a variety of perspectives. Of particular interest are presentations that comparatively explore these experiences, as well as those that examine the discipline of Africana/Black Studies using multi-layered frameworks and methodologies.

Papers that incorporate various combinations of race/nationality, class, gender, and sexuality, through the lens of but not limited to Afrocentric, cross and multicultural, diasporic, feminist, post-colonial, post-modernist or transnational interpretative schemes are welcomed.

Send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel. Each panelist will need to submit their panel subject and abstract. The panel chair submits the topic and panel participants. Individual paper and poster presentations are also welcome. For roundtable discussions submit a 150-400 word abstract that explores the discussion topic. The deadline to submit is January 16th, 2018. Please submit your NCBS session proposals through our online conference management system at https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ncbs/ncbs18/.

Email: info@ncbsonline.org with questions.

The International Journal of Africana Studies

In this contemporary moment of reflection in the Black world, there is an urgent need to assess and analyze the realities of people of African descent. Africana people have a unique history in terms of struggle as it relates to six primary epochs of oppression: Colonialism, Enslavement, Jim Crow, Apartheid, De Facto and De Jure. These respective histories total hundreds of years of Africana people being exposed to oppressogenic environments. Therefore, this is a ripening time to examine the idea of collective agency. This issue seeks submissions that will investigate the idea of non-agentive ideational frameworks through the Africana Studies theoretical construction, Agency Reduction Formation, which is operationalized as “Any System of Thought That Distracts, Neutralizes, or Reduces the Need and Desire for Assertive Collective Agency by African Americans.”  Additionally, this issue seeks to receive papers that are able to be explored as agentive or agency producing intellectual systems.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 150 words by October 1st, 2017.
Send to: Valerie Grim, Indiana University, vgrim@indiana.edu; Serie McDougal, San Francisco State University, macmaat@yahoo.com; or Michael T. Tillotson, University of Pittsburg, mtillots@pitt.edu.

Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba

One February 24, 2014, Chokwe Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi met an untimely death. Called the “most revolutionary mayor” in the United States, the 66-year-old Lumumba contributed decades of political activism, serving as a movement attorney, and as a radical elected official. Lumumba was an activist with the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika and the National Conference of Black Lawyers, a founder of the New African Peoples Organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA). As an attorney, he represented Assata Shakur, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur, the Pontiac Brother, Lance Parker of the LA Four, Fulani and Bilal Sunni-Ali of the Brinks case, and the Scott Sisters. He served on the Jackson City Council from 2009-2013 before being elected to Mayor in 2013.

The Black Scholar is issuing a call for papers for a special issue on the legacy of Chokwe Lumumba. It will illuminate Lumumba’s contribution as a revolutionary organizer, theoretician, elected official, and radical attorney.

Topics related to Chokwe Lumumba and the following will be considered:

  1. Revolutionary nationalism
  2. Reparations
  3. Activist legal work
  4. Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika
  5. Jackson-Kush Plan
  6. Worker-owned cooperatives
  7. Radical Black Power and electoral politics
  8. International Solidarity

This issue anticipates that the suggested topics in the list above, or relevant topics not listed, will engage scholars in Black/Africana Studies, Political Theory and Philosophy, Political Science and Social Movement Studies, History, Sociology, Geography, Law, and Economics, and Gender Studies. Abstracts (750 words max) should be submitted by January 15, 2017 to special guest editor Akinyele Umoja (aadaku@gsu.edu). Full articles (5000-7000 words) must be submitted via The Black Scholar‘s Editorial Manager by June 30th,  2017. Publication of the special issue is slated for summer 2018. When preparing manuscripts, please follow The Black Scholar Submission Guidelines.

Because The Black Scholar strives for a public, Black/Africana Studies, and interdisciplinary space of intellectual exchange, we discourage highly specialized or professional language and encourage open, argumentative work that is well written.

 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party
Special issue: Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

This coming October will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther Party, arguably the most well known and controversial militant group of the Vietnam War era. Of the Black Power organizations, no group has elicited the volume of academic attention as has the BPP, yet more work remains to be done in a variety of areas, including but not limited to gender dynamics, local histories, Panthers as political prisoners, and domestic and international impacts of the group, to name a few.

The guest editors are not interested in works that rehash the same history; rather we welcome abstracts that seek to deepen our understanding of the BPP from any number of angles and perspectives, using a variety of creative methodological approaches.

To be considered for this special Fall 2016 issue of the journal, interested parties must submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by February 21, 2016 via email to Judson L. Jeffries (jeffries.70@osu.edu) and Charles E. Jones (jones3cl@ucmail.uc.edu). Prospective authors will be notified by March 7, 2016 of approval. Final papers will be due by April 30, 2016 and will be subject to peer review. Only those writers who have submitted abstracts will be considered.

Fellowship Opportunity: Gettysburg College

Fellowship/Scholarship:  Dissertation or Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Candidates Who Enhance the Diversity of the Academy Organization/Institution Name:  The Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Description of Fellowship/Scholarship: 

The Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges invites applications in all disciplines for Scholar-in-Residence appointments. Applicants should either be working toward a Ph.D. or a M.F.A. degree, or should have been awarded the degree no more than five years prior to the date of the application. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents, committed and willing to contribute to enhancing the diversity of member colleges and their faculties.

Qualifications:  Applicants should either be working toward a Ph.D. or a M.F.A. degree, or should have been awarded the degree no more than five years prior to the date of the application. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents, committed and willing to contribute to enhancing the diversity of member colleges and their faculties.

Application Procedure:  Please upload your application and recommendation letter at: http://www.gettysburg.edu/about/offices/provost/cfd/current-past-scholars/

Application Deadline:  Rolling submission

Additonal Information:  http://www.gettysburg.edu/about/offices/provost/cfd/current-past-scholars/  


From Lifetime member: Itibari  Zulu |  Journal of Pan African Studies

The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) will publish a special issue organized by W. Carson Byrd of the University of Louisville (Assistant Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies) that contains articles by faculty members of the University of Louisville's Department of Pan-African Studies as they, along with their students and the university community, commemorate the department's 40th anniversary since its founding in 1973. In the issue, Dr. Joy Carew discuss a recent oral history project, referred to as the PAS Elders Project in which she documents how five key faculty members established, sustained, and grew the University of Louisville's department throughout years of waning support and doubt of the legitimacy and importance of Pan African Studies in academia. Second, Dr. Tomarra Adams continues the exploration of the importance of Pan African Studies in relation to students, specifically those that enter the University of Louisville's department wherein she discusses the "Black Studies Effect" as an integral facet of the field's departments and programs that assist students academically, interpersonally, and socially as they transition to college. Third, Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley describes the positioning of graduate programs including the recently launched doctoral program in the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. Next, Dr. Latrice Best and Dr. Carson Byrd continue the discussion of graduate training in the field by discussing the importance of incorporating more quantitative methods.
Continuing, Dr. Latrica Best and John Chenault discuss the importance for the field to examine the increasing health-related research that utilizes biomarkers to identity members of the African diaspora. Then, Dr. Pearlie Johnson explores the relevance of the visual arts and art history for the field as she discusses several pieces of art and how they convey important information about the eras of African and African American history. Dr. Shirletta Kinchen discusses the importance of the long black campus movement, and examines how recent scholarship has framed the narratives and actions of those students who brought about massive change in higher education.
And in closing, the current chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, Dr. Ricky Jones, discusses the important opportunities for change that departments and programs in the fields can take advantage of to push the field into the future wherein he challenges not only the department at the University of Louisville, but Black Studies across the nation to continue progress toward the humanitarian project previous generations have worked on to develop a more just society as this is part of "what Pan-African Studies does." And according to the guest editor, the edition is designed in the hope to assist other departments and programs with expanding their roles in their students', universities', and communities' experiences and understanding of the African world community.
Email Address:  imzsr@yahoo.com | 38610 Annette Ave |City:  Plamdale, CA 93551


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