Call for Papers

“Oh Ye Daughters of Africa!”
New Directions in Black Women’s History in the 21st Century

The Journal of African American History (formerly The Journal of Negro History) is planning a special issue on black women’s history. Over the past quarter century African American women’s history has become a field of serious critical inquiry. To recognize the pathbreaking scholarship in the field and to encourage new approaches, The Journal of African American History will devote an entire issue to essays that explore new directions in the history of African, African American, and African Diaporan women.

The Journal of African American History welcomes essays on any aspect of black women’s history, including but not limited to a focus on: 1) neglected regions, time periods, occupations; ethnicities, and religions; 2) difference and multiplicity in terms of class, color, sexuality, age, and health; 3) the arts, business, creativity; 4) activism, nationalism, and the public sphere; and 5) theory, geography, or areas of contestation.

Essays should be no more than 35 typed pages, including endnotes. Guidelines for submission are given in The Journal of African American History, which uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th Edition (Chicago, 1993) for citations.

Submitted essays will be peer-reviewed. Your cover letter should include the title of your essay, your name, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, and fax number. Your essay should begin with the title of your essay and NOT include your name.

Please direct inquires and/or send 3 copies of your manuscript to:

Dr. Francille Rusan Wilson, Guest Editor
University of Maryland
2169 LeFrak Hall
College Park, MD 20741
Tel: 301 405-1158
E-mail: or

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2003