Call for Chapter Proposal

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Call for Publications
November 27, 2022 to February 1, 2023
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Black History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences


Proposal Submission Deadline: February 1, 2023

Black Futures in the Anthropocene

A book edited by Darlène Dubuisson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


Objective of the Book

In line with Robin Kelley’s (2002) Black radical imagination, this book will put into play a transdisciplinary and global perspective to reveal how Black people speculate, imagine, and enact the future at the end of time. Critiquing the racist assumptions of the Anthropocene (Yusoff 2018), this book will provide a view of the future from the standpoint of Black abjection to make available frameworks of inclusion that counteract (white/antiblack) humanism. The book will examine the intersections between crises and disasters, Black speculative fiction, and apocalyptic anthropologies in various local and translocal contexts. Contributors will include anthropologists, humanistic social scientists, and artists working on issues that expand how we understand Black futurity by looking at the “relationship between the future and action, including the act of imaging the future” (Bryant and Knight 2019,1).

Target Audience

This book's target audience will be scholars and researchers working in various fields, e.g., anthropology, sociology, political science, global studies, migration studies, Black studies, ethnic studies, and Caribbean studies. Moreover, the book will appeal to a broader public interested in Black speculative fiction and futurity studies.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Afro-Latinx
  • Black and Indigenous 
  • Black diasporic imaginations
  • Black esthetics and art
  • Black humanism
  • Black migration
  • Black queer spaces
  • Black radical movements
  • Education
  • Global antiblackness
  • New Black geographies (e.g., religious, spiritual, and ecological)
  • Black tech
  • Urban renewal, Black farmers and urban gardeners


Submission Procedure

Scholars are invited to submit on or before February 1, 2023, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of their proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2023, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Complete chapters are expected to be submitted by July 30, 2023, and all interested authors must consult guidelines for manuscript submissions. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication.

All proposals should be submitted directly to the editor at, subject line “Black Futures in the Anthropocene” chapter submission.



The editor will submit the book to several suitable publishers, including Duke University Press, Rutgers University Press, Columbia University Press, and University Pittsburgh Press. The editor will be responsible for securing a publishing contract.


Important Dates

February 1, 2023: Proposal Submission Deadline

February 15, 2023: Notification of Acceptance

March 30, 2023: Proposal sent to publishers

July 30, 2023: Full Chapter Submission

September 30, 2023: Review Results Returned

December 1, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification

December 30, 2023: Final Chapter Submission

February 1, 2024 (tentative): Book Sent to Publisher


Inquiries can be forwarded to

Darlène Dubuisson, PhD

University of Pittsburgh



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