CFP: [African-American] Call For Papers â Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs)

full name / name of organization: 
Matthew W. Hughey
contact email: 

Twenty years have elapsed since the release of Spike Lee’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. al’s African American Fraternities and Sororities:
The Legacy and the Vision (2005), Theda Skocpol et. al’s What a Mighty
Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for
Racial Equality (2007), and Gregory S. Park’s Black Greek-letter
Organizations in the Twenty-first Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun (2008),
to popular culture’s recent embrace of BGLOs such as Twentieth Century
Fox’s Drumline (2002) and Sony Pictures’ 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 “educated gangs.”

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: “Changing Lives, Resistant Institutions”

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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