Call for Papers

Special Issue on Percival Everett

African American Review is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to the work of Percival Everett and coedited by Anthony Stewart and Joe Weixlmann. Because of the eclectic nature of Everett's output (novels, short stories, poetry, visual art), the potential scope of the issue will be determined by the submissions themselves, but possibilities might include:

Submissions must be 6000-8500 words in length, exclusive of Notes and Works Cited. Please consult http://aar.slu.edu/submissions.html for the journal's general submission guidelines. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2018, and articles may be sent to either Anthony Stewart (afs006@bucknell.edu) or Joe Weixlmann (joe.weixlmann@slu.edu).

Call for Proposals - Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston invites proposals for four of its 2018-2019 seminar series:

The "Boston" in the series' names signals not the topics we address, but the numerous academic institutions in Boston, Cambridge, and greater New England whose students and faculty regularly gather around our seminar table. The sessions are widely announced on H-Net, social media, email, and in our publications. They are well attended, often attracting more than two dozen participants.

Each series meets 4-7 times during the academic year. Most sessions focus on the discussion of pre-circulated works in progress, especially article or chapter-length papers, distributed to seminar registrants at least three weeks before the program. Suggestions for other media types or formats are welcome; they are of particular interest to the series on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. The essayist and an assigned commentator will each have an opportunity for remarks before the discussion is opened to the floor. Seminars meet for approximately 90 minutes and are followed by refreshments and the opportunity for further networking.

In your proposal, please indicate when your paper can be available for distribution, as well as your preference (fall or spring) based on when the seminar's feedback would be helpful to you. Advise us of any special scheduling conditions, such as a planned trip to Boston or an extended period when you cannot make a presentation. The steering committees will consider all proposals for the available session slots, and proposers will be notified by mid-May.

Interested researchers should submit a proposal (500 words) and CV by March 15, 2018 to Katheryn Viens (kviens@masshist.org), Director of Research at the Massachusetts Historical Society. For more information about our seminar series, and to see CFPs specific to each series, visit www.masshist.org/research/seminars.

Job/Fellowship Postings

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019, 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, 2018.

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, 2018.

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, 2018.

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, 2018.

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!


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


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.