Call for Book Proposals - Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh Press

William Masami Hammell Discussion

On behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Press (UPP), I am pleased to announce our new book publishing initiative in Africana studies and to invite proposals for monographs and edited collections featuring innovative scholarship that resonates across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Founded in 1936, UPP has been a distinguished scholarly publisher across a range of fields, including Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies, Central Asian studies, composition and literacy studies, environmental studies, urban studies, the history of architecture and the built environment, and the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine.

The Africana studies list will build upon these areas of strength—especially urban studies, environmental studies, and the history of science, technology, and medicine—while pursuing new directions in interdisciplinary scholarship, encouraging work that engages the following priorities and themes across African, African diasporic (especially in Latin America and the Caribbean), and African American contexts:

  • Afro-Asian studies: projects that delve into the diverse dimensions of sociocultural interconnection between Asia, the African continent, and the African diaspora, especially historical or ethnographic approaches to transnational/transregional cultural and intellectual flows, and including studies that stimulate synergies between Asian American studies and African American studies

  • Heritage, memory, and identity: projects that examine preservation and promotion of tangible & intangible heritage, including traditional knowledge, oral history, endangered languages, historical sites & artifacts; heritage tourism; spatial & material aspects of monuments & memorials; museum & archive decolonization

  • Childhood and youth: projects that investigate histories and cultures of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, including forms of popular culture such as media, music, and fashion

  • Sport and society: projects that explore the interplay between sport and society in the Africana world, with strong interest in questions of nation, race, gender, migration, capitalism

  • Political geography: projects that analyze spatial politics in Africa and the African diaspora, including resource competition, disaster response, and urbanization, with particular interest in oceanic and riverine perspectives

I welcome informal inquiries and formal proposals by email at For guidelines on proposal submission, please see the following UPP webpage:

With warmest wishes,

William Masami Hammell
Senior Acquisitions Editor
University of Pittsburgh Press
Twitter: @WMHeditor