Afrocentricity and the African Centered: A Response to the Rhetoric of the Critics

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The Journal of Pan African Studies
contact email: 
jpanafrican@yahoo.com

The Journal of Pan African Studies (www.jpanafrican.com) welcomes papers for a December 2010 special edition on Afrocentricity and the African Centered: A Response to the Rhetoric of the Critics. With the recent publication of Tunde Adeleke’s The Case Against Afrocentrism (University Press of Mississippi: 2009), along with earlier works including Mary Lefkowitz’s Not Out of Africa: How ‘Afrocentrism’ Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History (Basic Books: 1996), Stephen Howe’s Afrocentricism: Mythical Pasts and Imagines Homes (Verson: 1999) and Clarence Walker’s We Can’t Go Home Again: A Case Against Afrocentrism, we invite scholars of Afrocentricity and African-centered scholarship to submit their critical inquiries on the growing body of work which attempts to engage Afrocentricity and African-centered thought. We will accept critical reviews of these and other related works, along with original essays which engage the strengths and weaknesses of the varied critical voices that have developed in response to Afrocentricity and the African-centered movement.

The selection criteria will involve: relevance to theme, clarity of paper, intellectual significance, and originality. Participants must send a 50 word abstract by July 1, 2010, and their final paper by September 15, 2010 (the paper and abstract must include participant name, affiliation, paper title, and e-mail address) to jpanafrican@yahoo.com.

Contact:
Itibari M. Zulu, Senior Editor
Email: jpanafrican@yahoo.com

and/or

Karanja Keita Carroll, Associate Editor
Email: carrollk@newpaltz.edu

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african-american
ethnicity_and_national_identity
journals_and_collections_of_essays
rhetoric_and_composition
science_and_culture
theory