The Radical History Review announces a call for submissions to a special issue on Transnational Black Studies. Whether under the rubric of Black Atlantic, African Diaspora, or Pan-Africanist Studies, "Transnational Black Studies" represents an expanding interdisciplinary arena of knowledge with long established roots in political struggle.
We are particularly interested in exploring the scope, methodology, and political implications of this scholarship. For example, how do we interpret texts (political, artistic, cultural) produced by black transnational movements and experiences? Can we identify common agendas, methods, and modes of study? Do university centers and institutes who "do" transnational black studies have similar or dissimilar foci? Do contemporary intellectuals and artists see their work as politically engaged and/or part of movements towards social transformation as was the case for W.E.B. DuBois, Frantz Fanon, Regino Pedroso, Paul Robeson, Zora Neale Hurston? What are the borders and boundaries of Transnational Black Studies, and to what extent do they shape, overlap with, and problematize the study of progressive international and working class movements as well as gender, ethnic and area (Asian, Latin American, African) studies?
We invite papers that historicize, analyze and critique Black Transnational Studies as a whole and monographs that are clearly framed within the field and/or straddle its borderlands. We specifically welcome comparative analyses of race, nation, gender, class, culture and/or sexuality within the Black World, as well as essays that explore the history of transnational black contact and identity. We are also interested in the ways in which migration and exile create transnational ties among African peoples and peoples of African descent. Finally, we encourage papers that probe the place of blacks within the world's global movements, such as the environmental/ecology movement, the woman's movement and the international struggles against racism and unequal international trade.
Radical History Review publishes material in a variety of forms. In addition to articles based on archival research, we encourage submissions to our various departments, including:
Historians at Work (reflective essays by practitioners in academic and non-academic settings that engage with questions of professional practice)
Teaching Radical History (syllabi and commentary on teaching)
Public History (essays on historical commemoration and the politics of the past)
Interviews (proposals for interviews with scholars, activists, and others)
(Re)Views (review essays on history in all media--print, film, and digital
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