March 27, 2015
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Call for Essay Proposals for Volume on Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Venetria K. Patton. The volume aims to bring together original essays exploring the diversity of debates and discussions about the period as well as novel pedagogical strategies. It will include essays representing both innovative and traditional approaches from contributors who participate in different fields, institutions, and classroom contexts. It will be a resource for veteran and novice instructors teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and across a variety of disciplinary locations. In addition to the essays, a resource section on current scholarship and reference material will be included.


Proposed essays should fit under one of these broad headings: "Background for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance"; "Critical Concerns in Teaching the Harlem Renaissance"; and "Authors, Works, and Genres." The first section will explore historical contexts and debates in the field and might include essays addressing nomenclature, modernism, gender and sexuality, the New Woman, African American periodicals and newspapers, white patronage, and transnationalism. The second section will include essays regarding classroom contexts such as disciplinary location, institution, and course level, as well as essays presenting particular approaches and methodologies. Potential topics might include but are not limited to teaching the Harlem Renaissance with digital humanities, blues and jazz, and visual art; a variety of theoretical approaches are welcome. Essays in the third section, addressing specific authors, works, and genres, should consider well-known figures of the period as well as lesser-known figures and texts. Possible authors to consider include but are not limited to Jessie Redmon Fauset, Angelina Weld Grimké, Langston Hughes, Helene Johnson, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, Richard Bruce Nugent, and Willis Richardson, among others. As part of the Options for Teaching series, every essay should make explicit how it will apply to the needs of teachers and students.


If you are interested in contributing an essay of 3,000-3,500 words, please send an abstract of 350-500 words to Venetria K. Patton, Purdue University (, by 1 August 2015.


Please note that any quotations from student papers will require written permission from the students. 

Call for Papers: Black Diaspora Review Special Issue on the Afro Descendants in Post-Embargo Cuba


Guest Editors: Tanya Saunders, Sandra Abd'Allah-Alvarez Ramírez, and Pablo Herrera.


The Black Diaspora Review (BDR) invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to the theme of Afro Descendants in Post-Embargo Cuba. We will accept contributions from a broad spectrum of disciplines including (but not limited to) history, sociology, psychology, anthropology and cultural studies. The editors invite submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts centered on the future of Cuban African Diaspora Studies in Post-Embargo Cuba, including the mission, areas of study, ideology, and methodologies. These aspects explore the ways in which Cuban African Diaspora Studies is interdisciplinary, includes intellectual production outside of the Cuban academy, and to consider its future in Cuba.  


Black Diaspora Review is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary research journal, published by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington. An online, open-access publication, the journal is published semiannually. It is the only professional journal within Black Diaspora Studies to offer an overview, configuration, and critique of the discipline-both nationally and internationally.


Manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages, including references and tables. Electronic manuscripts should be composed in Microsoft Word and sent to by May 20th, 2015.


Black Diaspora Review follows the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition. Articles that do not conform to APA Guidelines will be returned to the author before being released for external review.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments, preferably as Word files (.doc or .docx), be double-spaced, use a 12-point standard font (e.g., Times New Roman), and have one inch margins. Use only one space after all punctuation.
  • In addition, the article must include (1) a 150-word abstract; (2) a list of references, following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association; and (3) a short, three to four sentence biography of each author of the submission.
  • All images must be submitted in electronic files, as PDFs or JPGs. (Large electronic files may be sent through a file-sharing service, such as Dropbox or YouSendIt). It will be the responsibility of the author to secure permission to reprint copyrighted images or texts.
  • Use American spellings and punctuation except when quoting from a source that has used British style. All punctuation except colons and semicolons is placed inside quotation marks. Single quotes are used only for quotes within quotes; otherwise, double quotation marks are to be used.
  • Provide translations (your own, or the standard, if there is a printed translation available) of all material in languages other than English. The translations should be incorporated into the text.
Recent issues of the journal are available at

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Cities Alliance now accepting applications for its Catalytic Fund (CATF) focused on the theme "Migration and the Inclusive City"

Deadline: 8 May 2015
Proposed projects must:
  • Meet the objectives of the chosen theme and the Catalytic Fund, and fall within the scope of the Cities Alliance Charter.
  • Limit grant size requests to between US $50,000 - US $200,000.
  • Provide cofinancing. The Cities Alliance will cover up to 80% of the total cash requirements for the project; the remainder will need to be contributed in cash by the recipient organisation, the sponsoring organisation and/or other partners and sources. If a Concept Note is approved for further processing, proof of cofinancing must be provided.
  • Be sponsored by at least one Cities Alliance member. Multiple sponsors are strongly encouraged. Sponsorship(s) must be secured prior to submission. Proponent and sponsor(s) must discuss and endorse the Concept Note of the proposed project, including the role of the sponsor(s) prior to submission. Support documentation must be provided.

Consistent with the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, Cities Alliance now has a universal mandate. Because of our focus on poverty reduction, however, preference will be given to:

  • Applications from low- and middle-income countries.
  • Countries where the Cities Alliance does not have a Country Programme. Current Country Programmes are: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda and Vietnam.

How to Apply

All Concept Notes must be:

  • Submitted by midnight 8 May 2015 Central European Time
  • Submitted using the Cities Alliance Concept Note template in English, French or Spanish
  • Provide all of the information and support documentation requested
  • Submitted via e-mail ONLY to the Cities Alliance Secretariat at
Why Migration and Cities?
Around the world an estimated one billion people are migrating. While their reasons for migrating will vary, most have one thing in common: They will end up in cities at some point in their journeys, many in informal settlements. How cities respond to migration, both practically and in terms of policy, will determine whether those migrants have the opportunity to evolve into tomorrow's middle classes or live their lives excluded from the city and in deprivation.


By focusing the 2015 Call on Migration and the Inclusive City, Cities Alliance seeks to promote innovative policy responses and practical approaches that adopt an inclusive response to migrants, including access to land, services, employment opportunities as well as recognition and voice.    
Focus Areas

Proposals should promote innovation and catalytic impact in support of the strategic goal of the Catalytic Fund, which is to stimulate transformational change in cities.

Proposals are requested on one or more of the following focus areas. Proposals can address international and/or internal migration; all should demonstrate clear attention to the issue of gender equality. Proposals could also address the special needs, capacities and potentials of the most vulnerable migrant groups (such as children).

  1. LIVE: Migrants' access to basic urban services, livelihoods and social protection.
  2. WORK: The access, integration and role of migrants in the city labour market and local economy.
  3. CONNECT: Social integration and inclusion of migrants in the city.
  4. PARTICIPATE: Migrants' inclusion into city planning and local decision-making processes.

For 2015, the total Call budget is USD 2 million. We expect to award 10-12 proposals.
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The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development.

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