March 5, 2014
Table of Contents:
Call for Papers Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas
TRAVELING HUMANITIES SEMINAR EXPLORE GHANA: History, Culture, and Ideas in an Emerging West African Democracy
Call for Papers 29th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy "Black to the Future: Black Culture Through Space & Time"

Call for Papers
Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas

Editors: Petra R. Rivera-Rideau (Virginia Tech), Jennifer A. Jones (Notre Dame), Tianna S. Paschel (University of Chicago)

How do ideas about, and experiences of, blackness travel across the Americas? How does this circulation of representations of blackness - through popular music, the internet, print media, and scholarship - influence local ideas of race and nation? How does (im)migration to and within the Americas shape and reshape understandings about blackness? Afro-Latinos in Movement - an edited interdisciplinary volume being prepared for Palgrave Macmillan's Afro-Latino Diasporas Series - seeks to answer such questions. A collection of theoretically engaging and empirically grounded chapters and original artwork, this book will examine African-descended populations in Latin America and Afro-Latinos in the United States in order to explore broader questions of black identity and representation, transnationalism and diaspora in the Americas.

Afro-Latinos in Movement draws on previous works on race and blackness in Latin America and U.S. Latino communities, while also providing a uniquely hemispheric approach. The volume will build up from the U.S. context to critically examine how blackness, and more specifically afrolatinidad, is understood, transformed, and re-imagined across locales throughout the Americas. In this way, the volume emphasizes the multiple movements across geographic borders, and over time. Thus, Afro-Latinos in Movement will broaden and deepen the discussion on afrolatinidad in the Americas by providing a critical transnational approach to understanding blackness in the region.

Afro-Latinos in Movement will be arranged in three sections, each of which will emphasize the multidisciplinary aspect of this volume by incorporating a range of works including creative or biographical pieces. While the volume will highlight the circulation of ideas and identities across borders more generally, we expect that about half of the contributions will center on Afrolatinidad in the United States.

To that end, we invite manuscripts from both historical and contemporary perspectives that address topics including, but not limited to, the following:
  • The role of social media and the internet in shaping afrolatinidad
  • Afro-Latino cultural and political movements
  • The impact of migration on understandings of afrolatinidad
  • Representations of afrolatinidad in media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, digital media)
  • Theoretical interventions on diaspora and transnationalism in the Americas
Submission Guidelines
We invite complete manuscripts from all disciplines for inclusion in this volume, including
relevant creative works. All submissions (creative or scholarly) must be original.
All submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on June 1, 2014 and should include:
  • Author(s) curriculum vitae as separate attachment;
  • Manuscript title;
  • Name, institutional affiliation, discipline, position or title, and contact information of author(s) including email address and phone number;
  • Abstract of the paper or creative piece up to 200 words;
  • Keywords (maximum of 6);
  • All tables and illustrations;
  • Brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of each author;
  • Scholarly papers should be 5000 to 8000 words, inclusive of references;
  • Poems, short stories, creative essays and biographical entries should be a maximum of 5000 words;
  • Artwork should be sent jpeg format, compressed to no larger than 25 MB (larger formats will be used for publication).
Manuscripts should be submitted via electronic attachment (word or PDF file preferred) to: with 'Volume Submission' in the subject line. CVs should be included as a separate document. Manuscripts may be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be reviewed continuously until the submission deadline. Final decisions will be issued to authors no later than July 30th 2014. Manuscripts will be published in English only.

Submitted manuscripts or artwork should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors for inclusion. Submissions will be continuously reviewed until the deadline. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

If you have any additional inquiries regarding the Call for Papers, submission guidelines, or volume series, please direct all inquiries to:




EXPLORE GHANA: History, Culture, and Ideas in an Emerging West African Democracy

Northampton, Massachusetts 
October 22-30, 2014

This seven-day Traveling Humanities Seminar examines Ghana's emerging democracy in the post trans-Atlantic slave trade and independence eras through history, culture, art, music, and literature. Our program will include a pre-departure meeting with a humanities scholar with expertise in Ghanaian history. Also included are lectures and discussions with scholars, historians, artists, theologians and policy experts in Ghana. Information, itinerary and registration is available at 

Call for Papers

29th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy

"Black to the Future: Black Culture Through Space & Time"


African American Studies and Research Center

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

November 20-22, 2014


African American Studies and Research Center is interested in interrogating the intersections of race, culture and time. Please join us as we go "black to the future." We would like to address the concerns of the African Diaspora through an Afro-futuristic lens.


We seek papers and panels on such sample topics as:

  • Afro-futurism
  • African American Film
  • Black Future
  • Black Fantastic
  • Diasporas of the Future
  • Digital Divide
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Global Blackness
  • Hip Hop and Afro-futurism
  • New Media
  • New Theoretical Frontiers
  • Second Life
    • Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction
    • Race & Technology

Abstracts for individual presentations should be no more than 500 words in length.  Accepted presentations will be limited to 18-20 minutes. We particularly encourage panel proposals which should be no more than 1500 words in length. Our ideal panel composition is three presenters; however, we are open to panels with four presenters with presentations of 13-15 minutes. Other formats are possible such as discussants and/or chairs; however, the total number of participants should be limited to four and the total time allotted for panel presentations is 60 minutes as we are committed to discussion time with the attendees. June 6, 2014 to:             


Cornelius Bynum, Associate Director,
African American Studies and Research Center
29th Symposium on Philosophy & Culture
Beering Hall, Room 6182                             
100 North University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098        
Email abstracts to: [Include "Abstract" in  subject line]


Registration Fees for the 29th Symposium:
$75.00 for Faculty and Professional
$50.00 for Students


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