The Activist History Review invites proposals for its series “Marginalized Voices in Academia,” which features personal essays by scholars from marginalized communities about their experiences in academia.
Academia is often portrayed by conservative media as a haven for liberals, radicals, and social outcasts. While academia can sometimes be a safe space for individuals facing the inequities of their larger society, however, it often replicates those inequities, whether deliberately or unthinkingly, within the ivory tower.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in the fall of 2013 Black men and women account for only three percent each of full-time faculty at postsecondary degree-granting institutions, while Hispanic men and women composed two percent each, and Asian/Pacific Islander men and women made up six percent and four percent respectively. Less than one percent were from First Nations communities, and the remainder identified as having multiple racial backgrounds. Meanwhile, scholars with disabilities only account for an estimated four percent of the academic community according to the The National Center for College Students With Disabilities, and a 2010 report by Campus Pride found that over half of university students, faculty, and staff hid their sexual orientation or gender identity for fear of reprisals.
These numbers are at odds with the demographic breakdown of our larger society, in which these communities account for twice the percentage points that they do in academia. And, though advances have been made in recent years, academia still has much ground to cover to become a more inclusive and secure environment for the members of marginalized communities. Scholars from those communities continue to face systemic and individual acts of discrimination and harassment, and often lack the appropriate resources and support from their university systems and peers to seek redress for those acts.
The voices of academics from marginalized communities cannot be ignored, even when their message brings discomfort. We here at The Activist History Review are committed to providing a space to amplify those voices in the hope that our collective demands will one day be too loud to ignore. So, this call for submissions for our “Marginalized Voices in Academia” series is an open and continuous one. Potential contributors may contact Executive Editor Nathan Wuertenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time from this point forward.
Nathan Wuertenberg is the Executive Editor and Founder of The Activist History Review, an online journal dedicated to providing a space where historians and other scholars can more deliberately connect current events to their roots in the past. He is also one of the editors for Demand the Impossible: Essays in History in Activism, a collected volume of essays based on submissions to The Activist History Review during its first year of publication.