This new volume, In a Room of Our Own: Radical Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogical Practices, aims to consider the possibilities of the college classroom as a revolutionary space dedicated to “education as the practice of freedom” (bell hooks). What are Black feminist and womanist pedagogical practices and how are these practices utilized in the 21st century classroom? How do Black feminist and womanist thinkers create teaching practices that can be employed in any disciplinary context? The editors of this volume seek original work that examines the challenges, the opportunities, the pitfalls, and the potential outcomes of teaching that is informed by Black feminist and womanist perspectives.
Thematically, first and foremost, the essay submitted for publication consideration in this volume should aim to promote liberatory ideas of teacher-student interaction rooted in Black feminist and womanist thought. Interrelated to this perspective, the essay should focus on a critical connection between theory and practice. Moreover, the essay submitted should center on professorial self-reflection-integrally linking the life-transforming power of pedagogy rooted in an emancipatory vision of human rights and social justice. Most importantly, in this regard, the essay submitted should defend a vision of the classroom as a strategic location for teaching critical-consciousness and self-actualization grounded in a politics of difference – creating bridges of global comradery crossing borders of race, gender, class, sexuality, culture, nation-state affiliation(s), abilities, and all “other” ways of being. Essays accepted for publication will collectively show that In a Room of Our Own stands for a radical (re)vision of the college classroom from a Black feminist and womanist standpoint-in struggle against all forms of systemic and institutionalized oppression.
Finally, the essay should be submitted with a 250-word abstract. In addition, the essay should be no more than 20 double-spaced pages in length-including citations and bibliography (following Chicago Style format). Deadline for submission: January 29, 2018. The essay should be sent to each editor as an email attachment.