Mobilizing the University: Curriculum, Access, and Solidarity

Edited by Dr. Julie Shayne and Namita Paul
University of Washington Bothell

This interdisciplinary, edited collection focuses on the relationship between social justice activism and the university. Using an intersectional feminist framework we seek to explore three main themes. First, how has grassroots activism impacted what we teach and learn in the university? For example, what is the relationship between feminist movements and the birth of gender, women, and sexuality studies or racial justice movements and ethnic studies? Put another way, how do marginalized histories become part of the mainstream college curriculum? Next, how does social justice activism impact who has access to the university? For example, what sorts of movements exist that have pushed to create welcoming spaces for undocumented students, students with disabilities, or queer students? Finally, we seek to explore the role of campus solidarity activism in off campus movements. For example, historical cases might include student movements for divestment from Apartheid South Africa or campus sanctuary movements to denounce the US intervention in Central America.

Submission requirements | Deadline for abstract is 9/15/2016

Narratives by Brave Women of Color Academics

Edited by Dr. Manya Whitaker and Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman

In this book, we will feature narratives of women of color academics who embody what we call academic bravery. These are women who have demonstrated courage in their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, service, activism, and leadership, despite the potential professional risks. As with any academic, these scholars work in contexts wherein academic cowardice is the norm; despite rewards for productivity, creativity, and innovation, scholars are implicitly rewarded to a far greater extent for “playing it safe,” remaining “objective,” detached and apolitical in their work, and refusing to challenge the status quo in academia and beyond. These conservative norms pose constraints on marginalized scholars, namely women of color, who pursue academic careers to liberate themselves and their communities. Despite the stereotype that college campuses are liberal, social justice utopias, the academy has increasingly become a risk-averse and conservative profession.

Submission requirements | Deadline for abstract is 9/30/2016

Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba

Edited by Akinyele Umoja
The Black Scholar

On February 24, 2014, Chokwe Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi met an untimely death. Called the “most revolutionary mayor” in the United States, the 66-year-old Lumumba contributed decades of political activism, serving as a movement attorney, and as a radical elected official. Lumumba was an activist with the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika and the National Conference of Black Lawyers, a founder of the New African Peoples Organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA). As an attorney, he represented Assata Shakur, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur, the Pontiac Brother, Lance Parker of the LA Four, Fulani and Bilal Sunni-Ali of the Brinks case, and the Scott Sisters. He served on the Jackson City Council from 2009-2013 before being elected to Mayor in 2013.

The Black Scholar is issuing a call for papers for a special issue on the legacy of Chokwe Lumumba. It will illuminate Lumumba’s contribution as a revolutionary organizer, theoretician, elected official, and radical attorney.

Topics related to Chokwe Lumumba and the following will be considered:

  1. Revolutionary nationalism
  2. Reparations
  3. Activist legal work
  4. Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika
  5. Jackson-Kush Plan
  6. Worker-owned cooperatives
  7. Radical Black Power and electoral politics
  8. International Solidarity

Submission requirements | Deadline for abstract is 6/30/2017

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