African American Studies

GRANTS / AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS

Award / Funder: Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards to Honor Works for Addressing Racism and Diversity / Cleveland Foundation
Description: The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to the understanding of racism and/or the appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. There are two awards, one for a work of fiction or poetry and one for a work of nonfiction, biography, or scholarly research. Only books written in English and published in the preceding calendar year are eligible. Plays and screenplays are not eligible, nor are works in progress. Manuscripts and self-published works are not eligible, and no grants are made for completing or publishing manuscripts.
Deadline: Submissions will be accepted September 1 through December 31
Link: http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/

Award / Funder: Modern Language Association – William Sanders Scarborough Prize
Description: Awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture published the previous year. Books that are primarily translations will not be considered.
Deadline: 5/1/2010
Link: http://www.mla.org/prizeinfo_wss

Award / Funder: Community Education and Community Service Grants Program / National Council for Black Studies
Description: For projects in which Black / Africana Studies knowledge and skills are made available to local communities and that involve active engagement of faculty and students with community organizations or residents. Faculty affiliated with Black/Africana Studies units that are current NCBS institutional members for a minimum of one year are eligible to apply for these grants.
Deadline: Applications on a rolling basis
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/community_service

Award / Funder: Arts / Nathan Cummings Foundation
Description: Supports artistic practices, programs and policies that encourage cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaborations, and give voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities, in order to build a stronger society.
Deadline: Invited proposals due August 15th, but Letters of Inquiry accepted any time
Link: http://www.nathancummings.net

Award / Funder: Film Projects – All Roads Seed Grant Program / National Geographic
Description: Funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling. 
Deadline: Quarterly on the 15th of each March, June, September, and December
Link: http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/all-roads/seed-grants/

Award / Funder: Architecture – The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Description: Grants for projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society (Ex: publications, exhibitions, installations, conferences, films, new-media projects) Includes Production/Presentation Grants to individuals and organizations and Research/ Development Grants to individuals. Criteria for evaluation includes potential for promoting diversity in subject matter, participants, and audience. (Topics explored in past grants include African-American Architects, Racial Politics, Spatial Impact of Racial Subordination, and Landscapes of Race and Ideology) 
Deadline: Individuals 09/15/2010.
Link: http://www.grahamfoundation.org/foundation/grantguidelines.asp

Award / Funder: Cultural Contact Program / The Russell Sage Foundation
Description: To bring social science to bear more effectively on improving the quality of contact among the many racial and ethnic groups that make up American society. An example of past grant project: ‘Understanding and Improving Students’ Experiences in Racially Diverse College Settings’.
Deadline: Unless otherwise specified in the request for proposals in a particular research competition, the deadline for submissions to the November funding round is mid-August, and to the June round is mid-March.
Link: http://www.russellsage.org/programs/main/culturalcontact/

Award / Funder: Humanities Writing Competition – UNC Institute of African American Research
Description: The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will offer a $1000 prize for the best cross-disciplinary, collaborative effort in the Arts and Humanities that yields a historically-grounded script on a topic of African American research. Established and aspiring scholars and writers with expertise in creative writing, literary criticism, philosophy, history, communications, performance studies, sociocultural anthropology, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Submitted scripts will be considered for production. There are no limits on the historical time frame or genre of writing.
Deadline: 9/1/2010
Link: http://aar.slu.edu/announce.html#OTHER

Award / Funder: Enduring Questions grant program – National Endowment for the Humanities
Description: The NEH Enduring Questions grant program supports the development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental question addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day. The Enduring Questions program welcomes projects that respond to NEH’s new Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/EnduringQuestions.html

Award / Funder: Radcliffe Institute Fellowships
Description: Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply. The Radcliffe Institute seeks to build a community of fellows that is diverse in every way.
Deadline: The deadline for applicants in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is 1 October. The deadline for applicants in natural sciences and mathematics is 15 November.
Link: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx?CFID=9896908&CFTOKEN=94185560

Award / Funder:  Spencer Foundation Civic Learning and Civic Action Initiative
Description: Supports research studies that examine the commitments, conditions, and contexts that stimulate and sustain civic action, as well as those that constrain or discourage it (influences of civic motivations and other psychological processes; influences of learning experiences and environments; and influences of social, political, cultural, historical, and other contextual influences on individual and group action)
Deadline: 10/1/2010
Link: http://www.spencer.org/content.cfm/civic-learning-and-civic-action

Award / Funder: The Schomburg Center Scholars in Residence Program
Description: The Schomburg Center residency program is designed to (1) encourage research and writing on the history, literature, and cultures of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, (2) to promote and facilitate interaction among the participants including fellows funded by other sources, and (3) to facilitate the dissemination of the researchers’ findings through lectures, publications, and the ongoing Schomburg Center Colloquium and Seminar Series. Fellowships are awarded for continuous periods of six or twelve months at the Schomburg Center with maximum stipends of $25,000 for six months and up to $50,000 for twelve months. Applicants must indicate in their proposal how they propose to use the resources of the Schomburg Center as well as those of the research units of The New York Public Library to further their research.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/131

Award / Funder: Hooks Institute Book Award – The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
Description: The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change solicits nominations for its Book Award, given to the book published in 2010 that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. The recipient of the Book Award wins $1,000 and an invitation to deliver the inaugural address in the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://benhooks.memphis.edu/bookaward.html

Award / Funder: First Book Grant for Minority Scholars – Louisville Institute
Description: The Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars seeks to assist junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research and book project, focusing on some issue pertaining to American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. All too often such scholars are asked to assume a heavy set of institutional responsibilities that can make it more difficult to complete the scholarly work necessary to secure tenure. As a response, this grant program seeks to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to that research project while free of other professional responsibilities. In keeping with its fundamental mission, the Louisville Institute is especially interested in identifying and supporting scholars of color who seek through their academic work to be in conversation with church leaders and to strengthen their faith communities.
Deadline: 1/15/2011
Link: http://www.louisville-institute.org/Grants/programs/fbmdetail.aspx

CALLS FOR PAPERS

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Black New England Conference 2010: The Politics of Race: Movements, Protests, Leaders, and Representation
Description: Thursday, October 14th 2010 – Saturday, October 16th 2010 – The 2010 conference will cover the history of cultural, social, and political movements in New England from the 1700s to the present. As the word ‘representation’ indicates, the conference will include presentations on the politics concerning and the forms of representing such events and people of African descent in New England.
Deadline: 7/23/2010
Link: http://www.neculture.org/bnec/2010/call-for-papers.html

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association
Description: The Arts Council of the African Studies Association is seeking papers proposals for a various panels for the upcoming Triennial Symposium to be held in Los Angeles March 23 to 26, 2011. Please respond the the individual panel organizers if you have a paper to propose. 1. Marketing African Contemporary Art: The role of commercial galleries in the shaping of artistic careers and discourse. This panel will explore the influence of commercial galleries on the identification and shaping of the careers of African artists. Pamela Allara, Associate Professor emerita, contemporary art and visual culture Brandeis University Allara@brandeis.edu; 2. Documentary/Archive? The panel seeks to explore the extent to which contemporary South African documentary practices might be trapped in a social-realist mode in which the archive plays a central mediating role. We are seeking papers that examine the different ‘documentary’ or ‘factual’ modes in post-apartheid South African photography, as well as how archival and other factors have ameliorated stasis and change within the genre. Rory.Bester@wits.ac.za; 3. Africa and Its Diasporas in the Market Place: Cultural Resources and the Global Economy This panel encourages the submission of papers that explore how the public and private sectors value traditional and contemporary African art, and how value is justified by both tangible and intangible properties
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://www.acasaonline.org/conf_next.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – American
Description: Panels include Chicas, Nǚhái, Batang babae: Girlhood in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature, Discourse on Democratic Identity & Freedom: Douglass, Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, The Early Black Atlantic: African Muslims and African Diasporic Narratives, Family Formations in Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature, Gender, Sexuality and New Perspectives in Asian American Literature and Cinema, Label Me Latina or Latino, No Longer Silent: Trauma in Contemporary Asian American (Korean) Literature, Pan-American Immigration Narratives, ‘Savages we call them’: Imagining the Native in Early American Literature, Suddenly Everyone Has a Cherokee Great-Grandmother: Teaching Native Literatures, The Text of the Body: Art, Technology, Slavery. and Empire in the 19th century, Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson: Revisioning the American West
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#american

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – British and Anglophone
Description: Panels include African Modernisms, African Modernities, The Black Maritime Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century, Contemporary Theatre in South Africa, New Old Stories: Reinventing African Narratives in Black British Fiction
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#british

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – Cultural Studies and Film
Description: Panels include Affects and Spaces in Latin American Cinema, Performance and Literature, Concepts of Identity in Post-colonial African Culture, Experimentation in Latin American Film, Figuring Diversity in the Cultural Imaginary, New Media and the Asian Diaspora, Reading the Postcolonial Other in Contemporary Film, Representations of Disability in Literature and Culture, Transnational Relations: Sexuality and Body Traffic across the Global Village
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#culturalstudiesandfilm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Call for Papers – French and Francophone
Description: Panels include Arab Francophone Writers and the Arabo-Islamic Traditions, The Francophone African Intellectual, Relire les ‘Classiques’ Africains Francophones
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#french

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Call for Papers – LGBTQ
Description: Panels include LGBTQ Identities in Latin America, LGBTQ Studies and Pedagogy, Narrating Queer Histories, Prove It On Me: Ambivalent Lesbian Representation in the Harlem Renaissance, Queer Counterpublic, Queer Space(s) in the German-Speaking World, (Re)Imagining Expatriates: Queer Transnationalisms in American Literature
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#lgbtq

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) – Spanish / Portuguese
Description: Panels include Behind the Lens: Immigration and Globalization in Spanish Contemporary Film, Body and the Politics of Resistance in the 21st century Latin American Narrative, Cyberspace and Literature in Latin America: What Does The Future Entail?, Displaced Communities, Giving Testimony to Transnational Migrations: Gender and Witnessing in Hispanic, Imagining Communities: Cuban Women Poets of the Diaspora, The Intellectual as a Public Figure in 20th Century Latin America, Issues on Ecology in Latin American Literature and Culture, Trauma and Memory in literature and film of Latin America
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#spanish

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Call for Papers – Transnational Literatures
Description: Panels include Canada and the African Diasporic Literary Imaginary, Intersections of language and culture: Sprachgemisch, métissage & code-switching, Journeys of the Bicultural Self: Narrative Geographies from the Middle East, Globalization and the Americas: Challenging Categories of Literary Production, ‘Only the Difficult Stimulates’: The Interplay of Opacities in Caribbean Lit, Post/Colonial Nostalgia in South Asian Literature, Traditional and Modern Medicine in Caribbean Literature
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#transnationalliteratures

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: 42nd Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Call for Papers – Women and Gender Studies
Description: Panels include Advancing Gender Equality, Contemporary Black British Women’s Writing, Representations of Gendered Transnational Identity in Contemporary Literature
Deadline: 9/30/2010
Link: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html#womensstudies

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: National Council for Black Studies
Description: NCBS is accepting abstracts for individual paper, poster, panel, session, roundtable discussion, workshop, town hall meeting that explore the Black experience locally, nationally, and/or globally from a variety perspective. Of particular interest are presentations that comparatively explore these experiences, as well as those that examine the discipline of Africana/Black Studies using multi-layered frameworks and methodologies. Papers that incorporate various combinations of race/nationality, class, gender, and sexuality, through the lens of but not limited to Afrocentric, cross and multicultural, diasporic, feminist, postcolonial, postmodernist or transnational interpretative schemes are welcomed. Send a 150-400 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or individual paper and poster presentations. For roundtable discussions submit a 500 word abstract that explores the discussion topic. For town hall meetings submit a 500 word abstract specifying the roles of the facilitator(s) and recorder(s).
Deadline: 10/15/2010
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/conference_call_for_papers

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Joint National Conferences – National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies
Description: February 14-19, 2011 Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Joint National Conferences. Papers that relate to any aspect of the African and African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American or Asian experience should be submitted. Subjects may include, but are not limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects.
Deadline: 11/5/2010
Link: http://www.naaas.org/call.html

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Western Social Science Association
Description: The Western Social Science Association invites papers and panels on American Studies topics for its 53rd annual conference, April 13-16, 2011, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The WSSA’s annual meeting presents panels in 30 different academic fields, offering an extensive, interdisciplinary range of subjects for scholars to explore. Individual paper — or panel — proposals on American Studies topics could be submitted. The subjects may range broadly across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Send a 150-word abstract and c.v. by 1 December 2010 to: daniel.mcinerney@usu.edu — or to Prof. Daniel J. McInerney, WSSA-American Studies Program Chair, Department of History, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-0710. Scholars willing to serve as moderators/discussants should indicate their research specialties.
Deadline: 12/1/2010
Link: http://wssa.asu.edu/conferences/default.htm

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Hip Hop and the Literary: A special issue of African American Review
Description: African American Review solicits articles applying the tools of literary theory and criticism to hip hop artistry. We invite a variety of literary methods and approaches. Scholars such as Imani Perry and Adam Bradley have published recently on hip hop poetics; articles for this special issue might, then, deepen and extend this nascent body of work with new considerations of rap as lyric form. Articles may also examine hip hop as narrative, a medium of storytelling – and even as discourse, a constituent of language as well as a creative cultural practice. Individual or comparative analyses of particular performances and recordings are welcome, as are broader theoretical considerations of hip hop as literary, cultural, and linguistic artifact. Inquiries and queries encouraged. E-mail completed essays (not to exceed 8,500 words) to cjenki@hunter.cuny.edu
Deadline: 12/31/2010
Link: http://aar.slu.edu/announce.html#CALL_FOR_SUBMISSIONS

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: The African musicology Online Journal
Description: The African musicology Online Journal calls for well researched articles on African musicological issues which include among others: *Analysis of works by African ‘Art’ (classical) composers *Analysis of Traditional musical forms *Analysis of Popular Musical forms *History of African Music (from local, national or regional perspectives)
Deadline: 10/8/2010
Link: http://www.africanmusicology.org/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Caribbean Mothering – Repeating Islands
Description: This anthology will examine the diverse and complex experiences of motherhood and mothering from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective. We welcome submissions that explore the major cultural, political, historical, and economic factors such as migration and transnationalism that influence the lives of Caribbean mothers. Further, we encourage writings that represent the relationships between Caribbean mothers and their children, perspectives of single Caribbean mothers, relationships of extended motherhood in Caribbean communities ; and colonial, post-colonial, and modern representations of Caribbean motherhood from literary, historical, biological, sociological, political, socioeconomic, ethnic, and media perspectives. This incorporation of a variety of disciplines and methodologies will give insight to the issues on mothering within the Caribbean context and provide a space that recognizes the significance of Caribbean mothering. The aim of this volume is to foster work on mothering that integrates the disciplines of feminist ideologies, literary criticism, and cultural analysis as well as represent the diversity of the Caribbean islands and Caribbean diaspora.
Deadline: 9/15/2010
Link: http://repeatingislands.com/2010/07/15/call-for-submissions-caribbean-mothering/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: “Placing the Archipelago: Interconnections and Extensions”
Description: Sargasso, a journal of Caribbean literature, language, and culture published by the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, is accepting submissions for an upcoming issue entitled “Placing the Archipelago: Interconnections and Extensions.” How is an interconnected and extended Caribbean informed by place? Across varied disciplines and area studies, the work of scholars such as David Harvey, Arjun Appadurai, Peter Hulme, and Michaeline Crichlow has framed place both as spatial/temporal location and as social construct influenced by modernity and the interplay of local and global forces. In dialogue with these varied approaches, this volume of Sargasso  seeks to examine the ways that place is situated, imagined, constructed and/or defined through inter-relation and extension with sites beyond the traditionally delineated Caribbean archipelago. We encourage scholarly and creative work that examines comparative internal Caribbean dynamics and/or those of the extended Caribbean region, including the US South, Central and South America, West Africa, and other sites within the wider Atlantic region, or beyond. In counterpoint to island, nation-state, or locations distinguished by politicized boundaries, this issue seeks to im/explode regional delineations and read how “placing” the archipelago through intra-Caribbean and extended Caribbean focus may expose tensions, amalgamations, discords, and/or alliances. Socio-cultural, geographic, historical and contemporary perspectives are strongly encouraged. 
Deadline: 8/30/2010
Link: http://repeatingislands.com/2010/06/30/call-for-papers-placing-the-archipelago/

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Social Justice / Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor
Description: The Editors of Studies in Social Justice invite submissions all year round. Studies in Social Justice is published twice yearly by the Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor. This electronic journal publishes articles on issues dealing with the social, cultural, economic, political, and philosophical problems associated with the struggle for social justice. This interdisciplinary journal aims to publish work that links theory to social change and the analysis of substantive issues. The journal welcomes heterodox contributions that are critical of established paradigms of inquiry. The journal focuses on debates that move beyond conventional notions of social justice, and views social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and transformations. Social justice is analysed in the context of processes involving nationalism, social and public policy, globalization, diasporas, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, welfare, poverty, war, and other social phenomena. It endeavours to cover questions and debates ranging from governance to democracy, sustainable environments, and human rights, and to introduce new work on pressing issues of social justice throughout the world. Nicole A. Noël, Journal Manager, Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4; tel: 1 519 253-3000 ext. 3492 Email: nnoel@uwindsor.ca
Deadline: N/A
Link: http://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/ssj

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: Annual Student Essay Contest / The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS)
Description: Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Deadline: 01/01/2011
Link: http://www.ncbsonline.org/student_essay_contest

OTHER RESOURCES

Sponsor / Organizer / Event / Publication: New Research Listserv: Critical Race and Food Studies Intersect
Description: A Research listserv for scholarship focused on the employment of critical race theory and/or critical whiteness studies, and/or critical race feminisms , and/or decolonial theories within Food Studies. It is designed to find sources together, brainstorm ideas, promote our publications, etc. Breeze Harper, University of California, Davis, Ph.D. Student in Intersections of Critical Food Geographies and Critical Race Theory; (510) 564-7870 Email: breezeharper@gmail.com
Link: http://groups.google.com/group/critical-race-theory-and-food-studies-research?lnk=gcimh