African American Review

A publication of Johns Hopkins University Press

African American Review is a scholarly aggregation of insightful essays on African American literature, theatre, film, the visual arts, and culture; interviews; poetry; fiction; and book reviews. Published quarterly, AAR has featured renowned writers and cultural critics including Trudier Harris, Arnold Rampersad, Hortense Spillers, Amiri Baraka, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Charles Johnson, Cheryl Wall, and Toni Morrison. The official publication of LLC African American of the Modern Language Association, AAR fosters a vigorous conversation among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Call for Papers

Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies (JELCS)

Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts to the Journal of English Literature and Cultural Studies. JELCS is an open access journal and it aims to promote high quality research papers that contribute genuine knowledge and research in the fields of English literature and cultural studies. This peer-reviewed journal is published quarterly. All submitted articles should be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. JELCS reviews papers within approximately two weeks of submission. It aims to provide a forum for high quality research manuscripts related to English literature and cultural studies. It is worth mentioning that the publication process is free.

We welcome the submissions of scholars into all relevant topics. All manuscripts are reviewed by our qualified and experienced team of reviewers. JELCS invites Authors to submit their future manuscript for publication.

Submission Guidelines: Authors may submit their manuscripts through online submission system: Authors also may submit their manuscripts by email as an attachment to and Note: Authors are expected to submit the manuscript in MS-Word document, not in PDF or any other format. Deadline: March 5, 2019.

Job/Fellowship Postings

New York City College of Technology, CUNY

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (CUNY), a comprehensive college of 17,000 students in downtown Brooklyn, offering associate and baccalaureate degrees, invites applications for a tenure-track position in African American Studies at the Assistant Professor level, to begin during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The African American Studies Department is designed to bring into disciplinary focus, through inter-departmental and multicultural course offerings in Liberal Arts and Sciences, the history and culture of Africans and their descendants, throughout the diaspora from antiquity to the present. The position requires a commitment to teaching, scholarly research resulting in publications and presentations, sustained service to the department and college, and academic advisement. The candidate hired will be expected to participate actively in College/University-wide initiatives and function collaboratively in department level efforts, playing an active role in the creation/development/assessment of department curricula.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment, in African American studies, literature, and/or other related fields. The department seeks candidates with teaching and research experience in African American and/or African literature at the college level. Preference will be given to candidates with interdisciplinary approaches to instruction and research interests in North America and/or on the continent of Africa. The successful candidate will be expected to prepare and deliver instruction for undergraduate intermediate-level courses, such as Early Black Writers, Contemporary Black Writers, Black Women in Literature, Early African Literature, and/or Modern African Literature. The department also expects the successful candidate to employ interactive instructional models as well as digital tools. The department is most interested in candidates, who show potential for or evidence of scholarly leadership and whose projects contribute to the breadth and depth of the discipline.

Compensation: CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

How to Apply: Visit, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title. Select "Apply Now" and provide the requested information. Candidates should provide a cover letter summarizing teaching philosophy and research agenda, curriculum vitae, an article-length published or unpublished scholarly writing sample, and three letters of reference.

Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with review of applications to begin three weeks after posting.

Equal Employment Opportunity: We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020, including at least two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four and a maximum of twelve months continuous tenure. In addition, the Society supplies a monthly supplement for housing and professional expenses of over five-hundred dollars. This fellowship is for researchers who have already obtained the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.). The deadline for MHS-NEH applications is January 15, 2019.

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society's collections. Among these is the African American Studies Fellowship to support research in African American history. The Short-term application deadline is March 1, 2019.

The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Loring application deadline is February 15, 2019.

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-five organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Visit to learn about the member organizations and plan your research itinerary. The deadline for NERFC applications is February 1, 2019.

For more information and to apply, please visit, email, or call (617) 646-0577. We look forward to receiving your application!


2019 Conference: Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice

The 2019 Res Philosophica Conference, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice, will be held March 22, 2019 at Saint Louis University. Proceedings will be published in a forthcoming special issue of the journal. For more information, please visit:


the A-line

A-line Journal

An online journal of progressive thought, the A-Line casts a broad net across the cultural and political landscape by assuming a progressive stance that seeks to examine national and international issues from this perspective. The journal will provide a venue for the exploration of the link between our work as citizen-intellectuals, made more urgent now, and the spectrum of matters, from climate change, a nearly unprecedented refugee crisis, xenophobic global populism, to mass incarceration and the other depredations of neoliberal public policy that shape our living in the early twenty-first century.

The Harriet Wilson Project

The purpose of The Harriet Wilson Project is to raise awareness of Harriet Wilson and her literary work, to educate the public on her contribution to American history and her contribution to American literature, and to publicly honor her for her accomplishments. It is the intent of The Harriet Wilson Project to promote, preserve, and seek recognition of Harriet Wilson's book Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black for its historical significance, and to provide a fitting memorial in her honor. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in April 2003, The Harriet Wilson Project was formed by a group of civic-minded citizens of different ethnicities who came together to raise awareness, celebrate, and honor the life and accomplishments of Harriet Wilson, a pre-Civil War black author from Milford, New Hampshire.

The Claude McKay Collection

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University is home to the Claude McKay Collection. McKay (1890-1948), one of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote several collections of poetry, novels, short stories, autobiographical and other nonfiction books. Born in Jamaica, he lived in the United States, primarily in New York, from 1913-1919, and then spent most of the next fifteen years in England, Russia, France, Spain and Morocco before returning to New York in 1934. The collection has been reprocessed and consists of letters, manuscripts, personal papers, subject files, photographs and memorabilia. There is correspondence from many well-known writers and figures in the African American community from the first half of the twentieth century, including Langston Hughes, Countée Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Carl Van Vechten, Harold Jackman, and Arna Bontemps. There are drafts of published and unpublished poetry collections, novels, autobiographical writings, and short story and essay compilations, including The Selected Poems of Claude McKay (1953), Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940), "Romance in Marseille," an unpublished novel written in Spain in 1930, and My Green Hills of Jamaica (1979), McKay's autobiography of his youth. McKay contributed to many liberal and socialist journals, including Sylvia Pankhurst's Workers' Dreadnought and Max Eastman's The Liberator, and there are various pieces of nonfiction, most in draft form, as well as a few polemical newspaper articles dating from the early and late 1930s in which McKay responds to critics of his literary work and views on labor. The collection now includes previously unprocessed photographs and memorabilia. The two largest groups of photographs are those taken in Russia and North Africa, while McKay lived abroad, and studio portraits of well-known musicians and figures in the African American community. McKay was well received in Soviet Russia in the early 1920s, and there are photographs of Lenin, Trotsky and other high-ranking party officials, of McKay with members of the Russian Naval Academy and other groups, and of McKay addressing the Fourth Congress of the Communist International in the Throne Room at the Kremlin in Moscow. The memorabilia consists of clippings, photographs, program materials, and souvenirs from various events between 1979-1990 that honor McKay's life and work. The collection's finding aid may be found at