CFP: Essays for anthology on death, cemeteries, racial/ethnic groups

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My co-author, Allan Amanik, professor at Brooklyn College, and I invite essays to be included in our forthcoming volume, published early next year with University of Mississippi Press.  We seek additional submissions for our volume Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed.  At its core, Till Death explores how nineteenth century Americans negotiated the ultimate border – life and death.  Centered specifically on cemeteries, grave yards, and burial spaces, essays within this volume examine interment and last rites rituals among ethnic, religious, and racial groups.  Chapters consider external and internal forces driving a tendency against mixing the dead across communities.  Its implications for issues like access to burial, organization of cemetery spaces, and even communal decisions of locating grounds in proximity or away from other groups' burial sites are examined.  Culminating to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Americans across ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds have typically preferred to separate their dead.

Wanting to cast as wide a net as possible for research that fits our scope, we welcome unpublished essays that ask and propose answers to the following questions: a) Why have Americans of varied religious, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds preferred to bury apart and b) what can exploration of that preference suggest of larger forces at work in American history?  c) Why are interment spaces in the United States often accepted, (or even expected), segregated and separated spaces?  d) What can deeper exploration of those divisions, typically taken for granted, suggest of core traditions and social forces than have underpinned or informed America’s development since the nineteenth century?

We are particularly interested in scholars who have conducted research on Native American groups and burial grounds and/or Latin American groups and burial grounds.  Scholars who have examined newly racialized "white" groups and burial grounds in the 19th century are also of particular interest to us.  That withstanding, scholars who study any American religious, racial, ethnic group in the 19th century (perhaps colonial as well) are being called upon to submit original scholarship.  Please email a 1-2 page abstract with your name, FULL affiliation/job title, title of your essay and your CV to and

All the best!

Kami Fletcher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of African American history

Delaware State University