The Journal of African American History is planning a Special Issue examining the role of sex and sexuality in American discourses on race and citizenship historically. As W.E.B. Du Bois observed in 1922, “The race question is at bottom simply a matter of the ownership of women.” Contentions over who would control black bodies – female and male – and African American sexuality have been a central theme in U.S. and African American history.
This Special Issue of The Journal of African American History (JAAH) seeks scholarly essays that consider the ways that African Americans historically have sought sexual self-determination. Essays that center on the African Americans’ efforts to validate consensual modes of sexual expression in the context of citizenship, as well as public policy debates, are especially welcome.
Among the essay topics to be considered for this Special Issue of the JAAH are: 1) gender identity and gender “respectability” and modes of sexual expression within African American communities historically; 2) biographical essays examining the lives of individual African Americans and their views on sexual expression; 3) African American sexual entrepreneurs and other black workers in the commercial sex industry historically; 4) non-“heterosexual” modes of sexual expression, including the construction of gendered sexual selves; 5) sexual health and campaigns for reproductive self-determination; 6) the impact of STDs or HIV/AIDS on notions of African American sexuality and sexual behavior; 7) analyses of sexuality within black political discourses (nationalism, integrationism, Black Power, black feminism, etc.).
Essays should be no more that 35 typed, double-spaced pages (12 point font), including endnotes. The JAAH uses The University of Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition (Chicago, 2003) for citations. Guidelines for manuscript submission are available in The Journal of African American History; and on the JAAH website: http://www.jaah.org/
Submitted essays will be peer-reviewed. Your cover letter should include the title of your essay, name, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, and fax number. Your essay should begin with the title of the essay and NOT include your name.
Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, Guest Editor
African American Studies Department
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Tel. no. at UMCP: (301) 405-1158 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.jaah.org/
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