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PHILLIS: 2015 Call For Papers

PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women is the peer-reviewed journal of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Its editions appear biennially and comprise the highest quality scholarship related to the experiences of African American women. The 2015 edition “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” edited by Dr. Claudia D. Nelson and Dr. Natalie Tindall. Deadline: September 25, 2015

2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women

PHILLIS solicits scholarly writings by and about African American women across all disciplines that seek to advance the history, contributions and relevancy of African American women. Works are intellectually challenging, promote debate, and seek to deepen the scholarly discussion on the global experience of women of the African diaspora.  We look forward to publishing articles engaging gender, race, culture, class, nationality, and/or sexuality either as a central focus or as constitutive analytics. We seek exciting essays that support new inquiries or prompt constructive and corrective debate.

The theme for the 2015 edition of PHILLIS“Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” seeks to present articles on the leadership and participation of women as leaders and members in organizations and events that will observe milestones in 2015. As the nation reflects upon the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (1861-1865), we want to take this opportunity to add to the canon and publish works that focus on the contributions of African American women to the freedom struggle in America. This enduring theme is manifested in the abolitionist, women’s, civil and human rights movements. The year 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the death of Malcolm X. In this issue, we want to more broadly explore the roles of African American women over the last 150 years in confronting issues of oppression and providing leadership to bring about change.

We seek papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Black women and voting rights
  • Black women and the quest for equal and equitable education
  • Black women and social justice activism
  • Black women's organizations and their involvement with political engagement
  • Black women involved in the criminal justice system
  • Black women’s reproductive health
  • Black women as political leaders and in the fight for political rights
  • Black women’s online social networks, and #hashtag social justice activism
  • Black women as media owners
  • Black women's involvement in the United Nations
  • Black women and international involvement (anti-apartheid, freedom movements)
  • Black women’s contribution to the mainstreaming of African Americans and women into American society, i.e. inclusion in the workforce, charitable service, civic engagement and other roles
  • The significance of Black women in achieving major gains in American social movements
  • The intersectionality of Black women’s lives and socioeconomic factors that precipitated/precipitates their participation in civic engagement

This issue of PHILLIS will be cross-disciplinary in its theorizing and methodology, will be original, engaging, distinctive, well-written, and concise. 


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