CFP: Chapter Proposals are invited for an edited volume titled Religion and Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

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Call for Papers
February 16, 2018
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Since the nineteenth century, Black female public intellectuals have called attention to and protested against the discrimination of African American women on the basis of their race, class, and gender, and particularly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, their sexual orientation. Drawing on their spiritual authority, many of these black feminists, from Maria Stewart, Anna Julia Cooper, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Pauli Murray, bell hooks, and Maya Angelou, have attempted to dislodge the normative thinking that has occluded the presence of these injustices. Whether marching, writing, preaching, or speaking, their goal has been to challenge and undermine discriminatory practices in all areas of social and political life and spur the public into into action. Specifically, these public intellectuals have relied on their Scriptural knowledge and spiritual strength to build alliances and forge partnerships with others dedicated to social justice. Not simply confined to the academy, these religious feminist advocates for equality have made a space for themselves in the public eye to reach general audiences, most of whom were and are affected by a system designed to maintain their oppressed status.


The volume’s goal is to present an historical trajectory of Black female religious public intellectuals from the nineteenth through twenty-first century and thus seeks papers that will demonstrate these women’s efficacy in creating a movement for social change. The editor welcomes proposals from scholars in various fields whose interests are aligned with the issues outlined above. These include sociology, English studies, political science, religious studies, feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, and so on. Prospective contributors should approach their work from a black feminist and/or womanist perspective.


Edited chapters should be about 20 pages in length (5,000 words). Submit typed, double-spaced papers using 12-point Times New Roman font, and adhere to the latest updates according to MLA style conventions.


Interested authors should submit to the following for consideration, by February 16, 2018:

  • A 300-word abstract
  • A 200-word biography
  • A two-page version of their CV (graduate program, employment, relevant recent publications)
  • A sample of no more than five pages of a previously published chapter or article


Proposers will be notified about whether their submissions are accepted for the book by March 16, 2018. For accepted proposals, first drafts of full chapters (5,000 words) are due by May 15, 2018, and final versions are due July 31, 2018. (If the deadlines change, all contributors will be notified immediately.)


No previously published papers will be accepted. No chapters on Anna Julia Cooper will be accepted.


Contact Info: 

Jami Carlacio (

Yale University

Department of English

P.O. Box 208302

New Haven, CT 06520-8302

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