September 14, 2016
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Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program, 2017-2018

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a unit of The New York Public Library's Research Libraries, announces its Scholars-in-Residence Program for the academic year of 2017-2018.

The Fellowship Program encompasses projects in African, Afro-American, and Afro-Caribbean history and culture, with an emphasis on African Diasporan Studies and Biography, Social History and African American Culture. (Please see our website for information on the Center's holdings.)

Fellows are required to be in full-time residence at the Center during the award period. They are expected to utilize the Center's resources extensively, participate in scheduled seminars, colloquia and luncheons, review
and critique papers presented at these forums, and prepare a report on work accomplished at the end of their residency. Persons seeking support for research leading to degrees are not eligible under this program. Candidates for advanced
degrees must have received the degree or completed all requirements for it by the application deadline.

Fellowships funded by the Program will allow recipients to spend six months in residence with access to resources at both the Schomburg Center and  The New York Public Library. The fellowship stipend is $30,000 for six months. This program is made possible in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation.

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December 1, 2016

CFP for Special Issue on Black Womanhood for Journal of American Culture

The Journal of American Culture

Theme Issue: Visions of Black Womanhood in American Culture

It is hard to believe that almost thirty years after Hortense Spillers declared in Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe "that she was a marked woman whose blackness fuels the rhetorical currency of our nations cultural treasury," we are confronted yet again with a new set of womanly profiles in American culture that expose just how invested America is in characterizing the controlling images of black womanhood. Whether it is Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder, Henrietta Lacks in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Beyonce' in the L'Oreal commercials, or First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House, we see fragments of the Sapphire or Jezebel of old, the Mammy/Matriarch figures re-engineered, and we are still searching for the outline of black women who, in performing these hyper-visible roles, in excesses of the flesh, speak a simple truth of black female identity that is more complex--indeed richer--than the historical images of eons ago.

We welcome essays on black women from a wide range of disciplinary fields related to American cultural studies, but not limited to media studies, film, art, literature, history, sociology, and music. Possible topics include, black female sexuality, black motherhood, black women's beauty culture, black colorism in print and visual media, black women's love relationships, among other topics. These essays should explore the fertile ground between the figurative and the literal bodies of black women, exploring the links between our visual history and culture, and the creative ways black women explore and have challenged the weight of coded identities in these histories. The goal is to create a dynamic issue that teases out the contemporary undercurrents and subtleties of a full range of black womens identities both as a spiritual narrative, and a physical and visual one.

For this issue, we are accepting original scholarly essays, 15-25 pages in length. Please use MLA style using in-text citations with authors name and page number. Endnotes and works cited should appear at the end of the paper. In light of space limitations, please avoid excessive use of endnotes.

This issue will be edited by Carol E. Henderson ( Please direct all questions to her.

The deadline for submission is December 31, 2017. The issue will be published in March 2019.

Caribbean/Black Atlantic History. Assistant Professor, Tenure Track

Anticipated start date, September 1, 2017.

The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University invites applications from junior scholars  focusing on the history of the Caribbean or greater Black Atlantic world. The time period and areas of  specialization are open; however, we welcome applications from candidates focusing on Hispanophone,  Francophone, or Lusophone regions and/or taking comparative approaches. Candidates should be prepared to  offer both undergraduate lecture courses and more specialized upper-level seminars.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, abstract of dissertation or book, a writing  sample of no more than 30 pages, and three letters of recommendation. Review of files will begin November 7,  2016 and will continue until the search has been closed.

Applications should be submitted online at

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching,  and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for  employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,  national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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