CFPs & Conferences

CFP: Expanding the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History

Editors: Brandon R. Byrd, Leslie M. Alexander, and Russell Rickford

Deadline: Abstract and CV by August 1, 2017

Submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to

Guidelines: Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a title. CVs should not exceed 2 pages.

Overview: Building on the 2017 African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Annual Conference, this anthology seeks to expand the boundaries of black intellectual history by grappling with a series of compelling questions: What is the meaning of black intellectual history and how has it manifested in different historical moments? Who is a black intellectual and who have been the producers of black intellectual history? What is the relationship between intellectual history and resistance movements in the United States and across the African Diaspora? How has black intellectual history influenced black expression ranging from political protest and sexuality to digital humanities and the academy?

More specifically, this project examines the vital contributions that self-defined black intellectuals, including artists, writers, and activists, have made to U.S. and global intellectual history while also raising questions about the role of organic intellectuals, including enslaved people, in the black intellectual tradition. Moreover, it draws upon traditional methods of writing and researching Black intellectual history while integrating new approaches of historical production including those in the digital humanities. In short, this anthology encourages new thinking about the boundaries of black intellectual history and new ideas about how scholars in the twenty-first century can best define, practice, and recover it.

The editors seek historical essays from scholars of black intellectual history at all career stages. We especially seek authors who can contribute essays that address one of the following categories:

  • Abolitionism and Black Intellectual History
  • Black Power, Politics, and Protest
  • The Digital Humanities as Intellectual

Prospective authors can expect a response from the editors in early August. Those selected will be expected to submit a first draft of their essay by October 1, 2017. All inquiries may be directed to


CFP: Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter: Essays on a Moment and a Movement

Edited by Christopher Cameron and Phillip Luke Sinitiere

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement began in 2013 the moment a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Yet, the movement symbolizes far more than the moment of Martin’s death. It inaugurated a new moment of opposition and insurgency against white supremacy’s expansive obscenities, most notably against the backdrop of the Obama era, the tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder at the DOJ, and the vast expansion of the surveillance state, a long-standing tool of anti-black repression. BLM demands recognition of the dignity of black life while it mobilizes political actions of protest and policy change, including the reorganization of resources for a more just and equitable world. It requires the apprehension of police brutality, and insists on justice for state actors who perpetuate, fund, and support anti-black violence.

BLM’s genesis as a hashtag by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi marks the historical moment of its creation in the digital era. At the same time, BLM has deep roots in the Black Freedom Struggle and can especially be seen as an extension of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s BLM, like its predecessor movements, embodies flesh and blood through local organizing, national and global protests, hunger strikes, and numerous acts of civil disobedience. Chants like “All night! All day! We’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray!” and “No justice, no fear! Sandra Bland is marching here!” give voice simultaneously to the rage, truth, and hope that sustains BLM.

Commentators, journalists, and scholars such as Jelani Cobb, Angela Davis, Eddie Glaude, Marc Lamont Hill, Christopher Lebron, Wesley Lowery, Barbara Ransby, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor have offered incisive political coverage of BLM’s past and present. Theologians and religious studies scholars, in venues such as the Journal of Africana Religions, online forums at Immanent Frame and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and in books like Kelly Brown Douglas’s Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God and Leah Gunning Francis’s Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community have started to probe where and how religion figures into BLM from the standpoint of Christianity, humanism, atheism, and politics, among other topics.

In concert with, and building upon existing scholarship, Race, Religion, and Black Lives Matter seeks to expand and extend social, cultural, and historical analysis of the movement and its meaning in local, national, and international contexts. This volume of peer-reviewed scholarly essays adopts a capacious rendering of “religion,” which includes everything from subjects that address religious ideas, religions in practice, music and/or visual art, to topics of irreligion, humanism, atheism, and beyond, in its multidisciplinary assessments of BLM. Potential papers could focus on religion and BLM’s intersection with: gender and sexuality; space and place; cultural production; social media; police surveillance; theology and more. We also invite papers exploring the historical foundations of BLM. Please email a 300-500 word proposal and a short CV (up to 2 pages) by August 1, 2017 to both Dr. Chris Cameron ( and Dr. Phil Sinitiere ( with Race, Religion, and BLM in the subject line. The editors will select and notify contributors on or around September 1, 2017, with the expectation of full essays by January 15, 2018.


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.


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