The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal are pleased to announce a special issue on Feminism and the African Diaspora, which will present various perspectives on the ways in which Black and African descendant women think about their identities, the politics of location, their engagement with feminist and gender discourses as well as issues related to agency and activism.
Women in the African and Black Diaspora have historically been engaged in examining their identities, their relationships with others, and their communities, engagement in social movements, resistance and activism regarding struggles against racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions. They have been involved in struggles for independence, women’s liberation, human rights, and development, Their perspectives and world views have necessarily been grounded in intersectionality and contending with multiple systems of domination regarding race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, national as well as other dimensions of identity, which demarcate differences between and among them. While they have acted in solidarity with other women across difference, in this regard there have been and continue to be tensions and contentions, particularly regarding the foci and priorities of the Western women’s movement, Western feminisms, as well as then concerns of other women of color. There are also differences between and among Black and African descendant women – on the continent of Africa, in the Caribbean, in Europe, the US as well as other places where they live. And there are differences between and among women and men of the Black Diaspora regarding issues of equality, power, and the privileging of race, etc. This special issue will be devoted to exploration and critical examination of these and other issues regarding feminism in the African Diaspora.
This special issue invites submissions from a variety of perspectives, disciplines and fields, including theoretical works, literary and cultural studies, the arts, and popular culture. Suggested topics may include but not be limited to the following regarding Women of the African and Black Diaspora:
• Engagement with feminisms
• Identity, belonging and community
• Activism and agency in social movements
• Gendered discourses and gendered identities
• Critiques of the mass media and popular culture
• Feminism in daily life
Perspective contributors are invited to submit proposals for articles in the form of a 400-500 word abstract by November 30, 2010. Authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by January 15, 2011. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to submit articles by a strict deadline of August 30, 2011. Abstracts submitted should be titled and accompanied with the following on a separate page: the full name of the author, university affiliation, title of the abstract, mailing address and telephone number.
All queries regarding the special issue should be directed to the Guest Editor, Dr. Sandra Jackson (DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois), by e-mail at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/national movements, locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African Diaspora in the context of globalization as well as in different discourses, and political and social contexts. The journal maps and investigates the theoretical and political shifts imposed by nation-states to provide a counter narrative of subject positions of people of the African Diaspora, grounded in cultural and political negotiations.
Sandra Jackson, Ph.D
Center for Black Diaspora
2320 N. Kenmore Ave, SAC 551
Chicago, IL 60614
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