Chapters solicited for inclusion in an anthology titled Religion and Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

deadline for submissions: 
September 3, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Jami Carlacio, PhD, Yale University
contact email: 

Chapters are solicited for inclusion in an edited volume titled Activism in the Name of God: Religion and Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

 

Please send inquiries to Jami.Carlacio@yale.edu before submitting a proposal

 

The volume’s goal is to present an historical and rhetorical trajectory of black female religious public intellectuals from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century and thus seeks papers that will demonstrate these women’s efficacy in calling for and effecting social change. The editor welcomes proposals from scholars in various fields whose interests are aligned with the issues outlined above. These include African American Studies, English studies, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, religious studies, rhetorical history and theory, sociology,  and so on. Read on.

 

Since the nineteenth century, Christian black female public intellectuals have called attention to and protested against the discrimination of African American women and men on the basis of their race, class, and gender, and particularly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, their sexual orientation. Drawing on their spiritual authority, many of these proto black feminists--including Jarena Lee, Nancy Prince, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Madame Azalia Hackley, bell hooks, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Michelle Alexander, and more--have attempted to dislodge the normative thinking that has occluded the presence of these injustices. Whether marching, writing, preaching, singing, or speaking, their goal has been to challenge and undermine discriminatory practices in all areas of social and political life and spur the public into into action.

 

Specifically, these activists  have relied on either/both their scriptural knowledge and spiritual strength to build alliances and forge partnerships with others dedicated to social justice in the public sphere. Not simply confined to the academy, these religious (or spiritualist) feminist activists have made a space for themselves in the public eye to reach multiple audiences, not only those who have perpetuated or are complicit in this system but also those who have been subjected to discrimination and abuse in a system designed to maintain their oppressed status.

 

Successful proposed chapters will do the following:

  • Approach the subject from a black feminist and/or womanist critical framework

  • Focus the discussion on the intersection of theiractivism, their religious identity, and their role as public intellectuals

  • Analyze their oral and/or written work (sermons, speeches, songs, essays, blogs [no analyses of fictional characters or personae]

  • Explain how your proposed chapter intervenes in or adds to existing scholarship on the subject, or makes inroads on a subject not fully articulated (yet)

 

Edited chapters should be a minimum of 20 pages in length (5,000 words), though chapters may be longer than this. Submit typed, double-spaced papers using 12-point Times New Roman font, and adhere to the latest updates according to MLA style conventions, though CMS may be required instead.  

Interested authors should submit to jami.carlacio@yale.edu the following for consideration, by August 30, 2018

·   A 250- to 300-word abstract with working title

·   A 150-word biography

·   A two-page version of their CV (graduate program, employment, relevant recent
publications)

·   A sample of no more than five pages of a previously published chapter or
article

 

Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book on or before September 15, 2018. For accepted proposals, first drafts of full chapters are due by November 15,  2018, and final edited versions are due one month after edited drafts are returned to you. (If the deadlines change, all contributors will be notified immediately.)

 

No previously published papers will be accepted. No chapters on Anna Julia Cooper will be accepted.

 

The book will be divided into three major sections, organized chronologically by century: 19th, 20th, and 21st.

 

ACCEPTED CHAPTERS ARE BELOW

 

19th century

  • Nancy Gardner Prince
  • Jarena Lee

 

  • SEEKING ONE MORE

 

20th century

  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Sister Thea Bowman

  • Nannie Helen Burroughs

  • Anna Arnold Hedgeman

  • Madame E. Azalia Hackley

  • Betty Jean Thompson

  • Coretta Scott King

 

21st century

 

  • bell hooks

  • Patrisse Khan-Cullors

  • Michelle Alexander

  • SEEKING ONE MORE: I am particularly interested in a chapter on one of the following:

    • ecowomanist activists/public intellectuals

    • #MeToo founder Tarana Burke (in 2006; #MeToo named Time Person of the Year in 2017)

    • Beyonce as womanist and black feminist (spiritual underpinnings in “Lemonade”)