full name / name of organization:
Twenty years have elapsed since the release of Spike Leeâ€™s now infamous
indictment of Black fraternities and sororities in his film School Daze
(1988). Since then, the study of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs)
has burgeoned from a small peripheral field to one that has captured both
academic and mainstream attention; from the release of scholarship on BGLOs
such as Tamara Brown et. alâ€™s African American Fraternities and Sororities:
The Legacy and the Vision (2005), Theda Skocpol et. alâ€™s What a Mighty
Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for
Racial Equality (2007), and Gregory S. Parkâ€™s Black Greek-letter
Organizations in the Twenty-first Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun (2008),
to popular cultureâ€™s recent embrace of BGLOs such as Twentieth Century
Foxâ€™s Drumline (2002) and Sony Picturesâ€™ Stomp the Yard (2007).
In this milieu, the illumination of the 100+ year histories of these
organizations represent a wide range of scholastic opportunities; from
their role as vehicles for black civic participation, issues of violence
and hazing, non-black membership, womanist ideology, fictive kinship ties,
racial uplift politics, leadership, image commodification, to the
controversy over their status as â€œeducated gangs.â€
In this vein, as leading scholars of BGLOs, we invite sociological paper
proposals for a session on BGLOs at the 2009 Eastern Sociological Society
Annual Meetings, Baltimore Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 19-22 March 2009.
Theme: â€œChanging Lives, Resistant Institutionsâ€
If interested in presenting an individual paper at this session, please
submit the following:
a) The name, email address, phone number, department and institutional
affiliation of the author.
b) A 500-word abstract for the paper.
c) Any audio-visual equipment needs.
Please send all required information to before 15 September 2008 to Matthew
W. Hughey (University of Virginia) and Gregory Parks (Cornell University)
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