Call for Papers: New Perspectives in Africana Studies*

deadline for submissions: 
May 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Drs. Crystal L. Edwards and Abul Pitre/ San Francisco State University
contact email: 



Established in 1968 as a direct result of Black student struggle on campus, the Black Studies Department—now Africana Studies Department— at San Francisco State University was the first Black Studies department in the nation. The establishment of the department also marked the institutionalization Black Studies “as a ‘scientific discipline’ rooted in racial redemption, liberatory scholarship and community revitalization, the discipline of Africana Studies is a body of systematized knowledge, theories, methods, and laws, which are congruent with the African centered paradigm and philosophy.” (Tshaka, 2012, p 29).


Sixty years later, Black Studies—and all its colloquiums such as African American Studies, Africana Studies, Africology, African Diasporic Studies—has seen much growth and evolution in the field. It is in this vein that this work seeks to critically engage subjects relevant to people of African descent in the 21st century, from an African centered perspective.


Topics of interest Include, but are not limited to:


  • Africana Education
  • Africana Social Science Research
  • Africana Studies in the Digital World
  • Africana Gender and Identity Studies
  • Africana Religious Studies
  • Africana Health and Wellness
  • Africana Family Studies
  • Moving the Field Forward  

If you are interested in contributing, please send a 400–500-word abstract that indicates your intended topic area to me at: . Abstracts will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31st, 2023.

Upon acceptance, full drafts of articles (4,000 to 6,000 words) in APA 7th edition formatting are due September 4th, 2023.

Inquiries and questions can be sent to: or .