Unveiling the Mask: Exploring the Angry Black Woman Steroretype

deadline for submissions: 
August 30, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Sonia Mae Brown/Philander Smith University
contact email: 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) serve as pivotal cultural and educational institutions, fostering academic excellence and community engagement. However, within the HBCU workplace, Black women often navigate complex dynamics shaped by pervasive stereotypes and societal expectations.

We invite scholars, researchers, educators, administrators, and practitioners from diverse fields to contribute abstracts for chapters to be included in an anthology Unveiling the Mask: Exploring the Angry Black Woman Stereotype. This anthology aims to illuminate the multifaceted experiences of Black women in these cultural spaces, critically examining stereotypes such as the "Angry Black woman" and other detrimental narratives that impact our professional and personal lives. 

We welcome abstracts exploring a breadth of topics, including but not limited to:

Literature Reviews:

  • Historical perspectives on stereotypes of Black women within academia and the workplace.
  • Analysis of media representations and their influence on perceptions of Black female professionals in the academic setting.
  • Examination of existing research on the intersection of race, gender, and workplace dynamics within HBCUs.

Reflective Papers:

  • Personal narratives and lived experiences of Black women working in HBCUs, encompassing challenges, triumphs, and strategies for empowerment.
  • Intersectional analyses considering how factors such as class, sexuality, and ability intersect with race and gender in shaping workplace experiences.
  • Exploration of resistance strategies and resilience among Black women in navigating stereotypes and bias within the HBCU workplace.
  • In addition to the themes outlined above, we encourage submissions that explore innovative pedagogical approaches, curriculum development, fostering inclusivity and diversity, and classroom engagement techniques within the context of HBCU environments.
  • This anthology aims to be inclusive and welcomes contributions from scholars representing diverse perspectives and methodologies. We particularly value submissions that amplify marginalized voices and offer innovative insights into the complexities of Black female experiences within HBCUs.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should clearly outline the proposed chapter's objectives, methodology, and potential contributions to the anthology's theme.
  • Please include a brief author biography (100 words) with your submission.
  • Abstracts should be submitted via email to sbrown@philander.edu by the deadline specified below.
  • Selected contributors will be notified of acceptance and provided with guidelines for full chapter submission.


Deadline: Fri. Aug. 30,  2024