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Special Issue Call on Black Feminist Thought for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, submissions due July 3, 2015, see below


The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, publishes a journal: Women’s Studies in Communication, and sponsors programs at the WSCA convention.

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Special Issue Call on Black Feminist Thought for Departures in Critical Qualitative Research

"Cultivating Promise and Possibility: Black Feminist Thought as an Innovative, Interdisciplinary, and International Framework"

Guest Editor: Rachel Alicia Griffin, PhD, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Created by Patricia Hill Collins over 20 years ago, Black Feminist Thought (BFT) has flourished in multiple disciplines including sociology, English, political science, psychology, education, law, history, philosophy, Africana studies, mass communication, and communication studies. Since its inception, BFT has served as a key means to unapologetically center the embodied knowledge of Black women and foster opportunities for Black women to “talk back” to systemic oppression(s). To honor the legacy of BFT and propel its theoretical and methodological significance into the future, this special issue will feature critical, qualitative, and performative works that productively utilize, challenge, and extend BFT.

Essays in this special issue will be characterized by:

  1. Innovative approaches to critical, qualitative research (e.g., theoretically, methodologically, representationally, aesthetically, etc.).
  2. Rich, nuanced, and complex insights into and/or applications of BFT.
  3. Provocative uses of critical and qualitative methods to challenge and extend BFT.

Exemplars of how BFT can be industriously challenged and extended include works that:

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word (a PC-compatible version) using 12-point Times New Roman font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 9,000 words including notes. Manuscript title pages should be submitted as a separate file and include: (1) the title of the essay, (2) any acknowledgments, including the history of the manuscript if any part of it has been presented at a conference or included as part of a thesis or dissertation, and (3) author bio(s) of not more than 100 words each. Manuscripts should include: (1) the title of the essay, (2) an abstract of not more than 100 words, (3) a list of five suggested keywords, and (4) an accurate word count (including notes). Images, figures, and other ancillary materials should be submitted as separate files and conform to theDepartures instructions for file size and format (see below). 

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be responsible for clearing the necessary reproduction rights for any images, photos, figures, music, or content credited to a third party (including content found on the Internet), that fall outside of the fair use provisions described in US copyright law. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to provide separate image and grayscale TIF files at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, line art should be submitted as Illustrator EPS files at a resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi and in bitmap mode. Please do not embed images or grayscale or line art in Word files.

Essays will be reviewed by a Special Issue Editorial Board and should not be under review by any other publication venue. To inquire about this special issue, please contact:

Rachel Alicia Griffin, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies—cross-appointed

Africana Studies—cross-appointed

Southern Illinois University

Communications Building 2205

1100 Lincoln Drive, Mailcode 6605

Carbondale, IL 62901