CFPs & Conferences

Call for Papers: New Journal in Modern American History

Modern American History (MAH) showcases top-quality, emerging research on the history of the United States since the 1890s. Establishing a long-overdue meeting place for scholars and practitioners working in this vibrant and expansive field, MAH aims to stimulate debate, make meaningful connections between subspecialties, and advance understanding about an era of continuing impact.

For all the variety found in United States history since the late nineteenth century, an overarching set of developments and key problems now animate the field, setting it apart from earlier eras and making the prospect of a dedicated journal especially timely. Such themes include, though are not limited to, the creation of a modern state; the rise and decline of an industrial political economy; the emergence of the U.S. as a world power; rising consumer expectations and life expectancy; accelerating technological and environmental change; the transformation of urban, suburban, and regional landscapes; mass migration amid new legal regulations and border regimes; and the elaboration of modern forms of political rights and personal identity, including beliefs about how race, gender, class, religion, health, and sexuality inform the national experience. MAH creates a “big tent” arena for broadly inclusive and trailblazing conversations about this recent past.

MAH’s editors welcome both article submissions and proposals for forums and special features. They encourage work that extends beyond the topics listed above, proposes different chronologies or geographies, straddles the methods of more than one subfield, or otherwise bridges traditional divides.


WAWH Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship (deadline: January 7, 2017)

The Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship is an annual award to graduate students who show promise of significant contributions to historical scholarship. Funds from these Awards may be used for purposes directly or indirectly related to the dissertation, such as expenses for research, attendance of scholarly conferences, and the preparation of the dissertation.

Applicants to the Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship must be current members of WAWH when they submit their application. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply. Applicants for the fellowship may apply for it more than once but may win only once.

All applicants shall be actively engaged in scholarship that is historical in nature, although the degree may be in related fields, as well as have been advanced to candidacy and are writing the dissertation at the time of application. They should expect the Ph.D. no earlier than December of the calendar year in which the award is made.

Applications must be emailed by January 7, 2017. The application can be found here.


JOAR-cover-2016-18sdxjtCFP: “Africana Religious Music & Sacred Sound” (deadline: January 30, 2017)
Journal of Africana Religions

How does a global, diasporic, and/or translocal perspective enrich our understanding of religious music in Africa and the African diaspora? How have sacred sounds traveled across or faded away at the political, geographic, economic, and social boundaries of the Black world? How might attention to soundscapes and the aesthetics of musical performance inform the broader study of Africana religions? The Journal of Africana Religions invites 3,000-word papers for a roundtable on Africana religious music and sacred sound. All disciplinary approaches to the topic are welcome so long as authors consider their subject matter from a translocal, Africana perspective. Examples of potential topics include but are not limited to drumming and percussive activities across the Africana world; Christian hymnody in the Black Atlantic; music in Zar, Bori, and Gnawa practices of Islam; gender or sexual identity in global Black religious music; global Black hip hop and the sacred; the business of global Africana music; Qur’anic recitation in the Black world; and praise music among African and African diaspora Christians.

If interested, please send a 150-word proposal to Contributions will be due by January 30, 2017.


Call for Papers: The Red and the Black – The Russian Revolution and the Black Atlantic
Claude McKay addressing the Fourth Congress of the Comintern, Moscow in 1922.

Conference to be held at the Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), University of Central Lancashire, Preston (UK), 14-15 October 2017, to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Keynote speaker: Professor Winston James, University of California, Irvine.

With special performances from Linton Kwesi Johnson (invited) and David Rovics

The Russian Revolution was not only one of the most critical events of the twentieth century in its own right but an inspirational event across the ‘black Atlantic’ as a blow against racism and imperialism.  For colonial subjects of European empires internationally as well as black Americans, the Russian Revolution promised the hope of a world without oppression and exploitation.  This conference aims to build on the growing scholarship and literature in this area to explore the impact the revolutionary events in Russia during 1917 made across the African diaspora and the subsequent critical intellectual influence of Marxism and Bolshevism on the current of revolutionary ‘black internationalism’ in its aftermath. We are interested in thinking about the relationship between the Russian Revolution and the ‘black Atlantic’, so proposals of papers particularly relating to thinking through how the Russian Revolution fits with the category of the black Atlantic – and Atlantic history and Atlantic studies more broadly – would be most welcome.  For the full CfP please see

Please send proposals for papers of no more than 250 words by 31 Jan 2017 to any or all of the organisers of this conference:

Alan Rice – / David Featherstone / Christian Høgsbjerg / Olga Tabachnikova


CFP: Black Lives Matter (Too):Between the Moment(s) and a Movement (deadline: February 1, 2017)
The SoJo Journal Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education
Editors: Antonio Garcia, Independent Scholar and David Gabbard, Boise State University

But what kind of movement has BLM become? Does the answer to that question differ across the various chapters? What kinds of strengths does BLM have? What kinds of weaknesses? What can be done to make it stronger in the sense of being more effectual in reaching its goals? What are its goals? What issues and challenges confront BLM as it decides those questions. Shouldn’t we all be engaged in that deliberation? Who and what must change to bring an end to racial injustice? In whose hands lies the power to change these things? Upon whom does it depend? How do we broaden the scope and strength of our understandings, network of alliances, and governance? Who will carry the burden of responsibility? Again, the sounds and sights of police killings alone do not tell the complete story of what is happening. We can’t ignore the complexity of the issues at play, which explains the purpose of this call. We are soliciting articles written as contributions to the above referenced conversation that needs to take place within and around BLM as a movement, as a force driven by significant purpose, the desire to change what is currently happening.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should not exceed 8k word limit without consulting with editors.
  • APA citation, 12 pt, Times New Roman.
  • Papers should be saved as “author last name-name of paper” and saved as doc, docx, or rtf. For example, Beverly-Hands up.docx
  • Papers should be submitted to the following email with the name of the file (as above) in the subject heading.
  • Completed papers should be emailed by February 1, 2017 to to
  • All questions should be submitted to