Call for Papers

The Brownies' Book Magazine

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Brownies' Book (January 1920-December 1921), Dianne Johnson-Feelings and Jonda C. McNair are soliciting essays for a proposed volume in the Children's Literature Association's (ChLA) Centennial Studies Series. The series seeks to reexamine children's classics from a contemporary perspective. Critical and theoretical approaches across various disciplines (e.g., education, English, history, and library science) are welcome.

The Brownies' Book occupies a special place in the history of African American children's literature. Several of the objectives that the creators delineated in 1919 when announcing the arrival of the publication (e.g., "To make [Black children] familiar with the history and achievements of the Negro race") are still important to many contemporary African American creators of children's literature. The magazine was forward-looking and remains foundational. Several scholars have written about The Brownies' Book, informally the children's counterpart to the NAACP's Crisis magazine. It included fiction, current events, games, songs, biographies, letters to the editors (Jessie Fauset and W. E. B. Du Bois), and more. It was a fascinating publication that remains relevant in today's social, political, educational, and cultural contexts.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

The deadline for abstracts is 1 November 2018. As soon as the book proposal is accepted by the ChLA, we will notify contributors. Please note that Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop has agreed to write the foreword in the event that the proposal for this edited volume is accepted.

Completed chapters will be due by 30 June 2019. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words by email to both of the co-editors: Dr. Dianne Johnson-Feelings (dianne@sc.edu) and Dr. Jonda C. McNair (jmcnair@clemson.edu)

Job/Fellowship Postings

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 www.nerfc.org 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 www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org, or call (617) 646-0577. We look forward to receiving your application!


Simmons College Appoints Four New Deans

Simmons, one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to focus on preparing women for leadership, is naming four inaugural deans to lead four newly organized colleges. This move is the culmination of a visioning and academic redesign process begun in 2013 focused on building collaborative and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, enhancing professional preparation, and providing flexible undergraduate-to graduate school pathways. See more at http://www.simmons.edu/news/messages-to-the-simmons-community/2018/april/simmons-appoints-four-new-deans

Sutton Griggs

At its 1903 annual meeting, the National Baptist Convention, the nation's largest and most influential African American organization, with roughly two million members, called upon Sutton E. Griggs to write a response to Thomas Dixon's race-baiting novel The Leopard's Spots (1902). The result was the minister, orator, educator, and community leader's fourth novel, The Hindered Hand; Or, The Reign of the Repressionist. Griggs's Nashville-based Orion Publishing Company brought out three printings of the book in 1905 and 1906: a 303-page printing without illustrations, a 303-page printing with a cover image and fifteen inserted illustrations by the Kansas African American artist Robert E. Bell, and a 333-page printing with Bell's cover image and internal artwork printed on integral leaves. Described on the title page as the Third Edition—Revised, the final printing includes a lengthy appendix, "A Hindering Hand: Supplementary to The Hindered Hand: A Review of the Anti-Negro Crusade of Mr. Thomas Dixon, Jr."

West Virginia University Press has committed to publishing all five of Sutton Griggs's novels in its Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture series. Generously funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the first of these scholarly editions, The Hindered Hand, which includes detailed notes, extensive supplementary materials, and an Introduction providing newly discovered biographical information and copious historical and literary context, has just been published.

Information about Sutton E. Griggs is available here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/suttongriggs/home

Information about the Regenerations series is available here: http://wvupressonline.com/series/regenerations


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 http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.mckay.