The months of May and June, 2020, saw unprecedented global protests against anti-Black racism and calls for a more equitable and just society that recognizes the humanity and lives of people of African descent. While these protests initially originated across the United States, protesters around the world quickly galvanized in support of these issues organizing events in a growing number of countries, including Canada, Mexico, Haiti, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, South Africa, Australia and Japan. This has been an important moment for Black scholars, activists, and cultural producers everywhere—as well as their friends and allies—to reflect not only on the crisis that has marked Black lives, but also on our future possibilities.

To facilitate these and other conversations, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Texas at El Paso invites papers on research pertaining to the theme of “Resisting White Supremacy in the African Diaspora: Moving Towards Liberation and Decolonization.” This timely special issue aims to include papers that capture forms of African descendants’ resistance against the tyranny of white supremacy across multiple continents. The scope of this issue is intended to be broad and inclusive of diverse methodologies, theories, and approaches. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Black art, literatures, music, media, and cultures
  2. Transnational activism/resistance in all its forms
  3. Black Psychology/Black self-care/Black joy
  4. Black subjectivities and experiences in academia
  5. Black Feminisms/Womanism
  6. Recovering Black histories/identities
  7. African religiosity and spirituality, contemporary and historical
  8. Black political participation and engagement

The deadline for complete papers (6000 words) is January 1, 2021. Please send enquiries and submissions to guillorycry@uhd.edu. Decisions on publication will be made by March 31, 2021. The guest editors of the special issue are Sarita Cannon (sncannon@sfsu.edu), Andrea Davis (aadavis@yorku.ca), and Crystal Guillory (guillorycry@uhd.edu).


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