Call for Papers on Malcolm X -- Journal of Africana Religions
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CALL FOR PAPERS
“The Meaning of Malcolm X for Africana Religions: Fifty Years On”
A Special Issue of the Journal of Africana Religions
The journal invites papers for a special issue on the meaning of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz for the study, history, and life of Africana religions. We are especially interested in contributions that can address the legacy of Malcolm X in Europe, Africa, and Asia. This special issue will appear weeks before the fiftieth commemoration of his assassination on February 21, 1965. Since then, Malcolm X has remained a potent presence in the study and practice of Africana religions. Global debates about his legacy shed light on issues such as the meaning and function of diaspora, transnationalism, Islamism, religious dissent, governmental repression, the memorialization of the civil rights movement, and more. Contributors are asked to respond to the general theme as they like, keeping in mind the journal’s purview, which covers the religious traditions of African and African diasporic peoples (such as Christianity, Islam, Orisha, Vodun, and Judaism) as well as religious traditions influenced by the diverse cultural heritage of Africa. Gathering the work of scholars throughout the African diaspora, this special issue hopes to present an international view of Malcolm X’s multivalent legacy.
Confirmed participants include Sohail Daulatzai (UC-Irvine), Juan Floyd-Thomas (Vanderbilt), Zareena Grewal (Yale), Rupert Lewis (University of West Indies), Alex Lubin (American University of Beirut), and Richard B. Turner (Iowa).
Submissions, which should be approximately 5,000 words long, will be due on August 1, 2014. The journal uses endnotes and Chicago Manual of Style.
Featuring the work of scholars such as David Chidester, Dianne Diakité, Michael Gomez, Tracey Hucks, Charles Long, Elizabeth McAlister, Anthony Pinn, Judith Weisenfeld, and many emerging scholars from around the world, the Journal of Africana Religions is the only peer-reviewed English-language journal that explores the past and present of both African and African diasporic religions. Published quarterly in print and electronic form by Pennsylvania State University Press, the journal is also available through JSTOR and Project Muse. It is sponsored by the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) and generously supported by Northwestern University and the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis.
To express your interest in the writing for the special issue, please email founding co-editors Edward Curtis and Sylvester Johnson:
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