Thank you for your interest in writing for Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). We are always looking for new essays on various aspects of global black intellectual history, op-eds on current events, and book reviews. We understand African American and African diasporic thought in its broadest terms and encourage interdisciplinary approaches to black intellectual history.
Writers should carefully review other articles on the site to familiarize themselves with content and style. All submitted pieces will undergo a peer-review process and we reserve the right to reject submissions that do not meet our expectations. We will do our best to review and respond to submitted guests posts within 2 weeks of submission.
Please carefully review the guidelines below before submitting your post:
First, all posts should be approximately 1000-1500 words long. Shorter pieces are fine.
Second, please remember that you’re writing for a general audience. Use clear and compelling prose. And please avoid jargon. If you must use it, please define it for the reader.
Third, avoid the lengthy footnotes. You can and should feel free to use footnotes but we prefer that you make good use of hyperlinks. Rather than include ten footnotes to several books, consider including fewer footnotes and a few hyperlinks directly to the books or articles you are citing. Please use brackets to indicate the inclusion of footnotes and hyperlinks i.e. [See www.aaihs.org] OR [See The Charleston Syllabus by Chad Williams, Kidada Williams and Keisha N. Blain (University of Georgia Press, 2016)]
Fourth, keep the title short. Avoid the historian’s trend of including a very long quote in titles. And avoid using terms that readers will not understand (again, stay away from the jargon).
Fifth, please proofread your posts. It goes without saying that we want to feature posts that reflect the high quality of the blog. When you are ready, please send us your post by clicking the “submit” button below. **Guest posters are encouraged to join AAIHS if they are not already members.