CALL FOR PAPERS!!!
Title: The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships
Founder/Editor: James C. Wadley, Ph.D.—Lincoln University
SPECIAL ISSUE: DECOLONIZATION
Guest Editors: H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality
Goddard College, and
City University of New York
Zelaika Hepworth Clarke, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.Ed.
Deadline for Submitting Papers: October 1, 2017
The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is a refereed, interdisciplinary, scholarly inquiry devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population.
Western philosophies, theories and perspectives of sexuality have dominated knowledge production with serious implications for black sexualities and relationships. Sexualities have been subject to colonial ideology at the expense of homogenizing, essentializing, and pathologizing black sexualities. Hegemonic sexuality discourses based on colonial ideology has marginalized decolonial perspectives. Diverse perspectives of sexuality, including decolonizing epistemologies, can enrich our understanding of sexuality. Black sexuality has the right to be understood in the context of decolonization and empowerment.
Colonialism has negatively affected the perception of black sexualities. Colonialism has subjected black bodies to misinterpretation, hypersexualization, and dehumanization. However, emerging discourse from African feminist scholars on gender (Oyĕwùmí, 1997, 2011), sexualities (Tamale, 2011; Nzegwu, 2010; Arnfred, 2004), and gender and sexualities (Stallings, 2015) can inspire a critical thinking that questions the colonial dominance of sexuality narratives. Decolonizing research methodologies (Smith, 1999; Chilisa, 2009;Wilson, 2008), decolonizing knowledge production(Diversi & Moreia, 2009) decolonizing epistemologies (Grosfoguel, 2007; Kuokkanean, 2007; Maldonado-Torres, 2006; Sousa Santos, 2010), decolonizing/critical pedagogy (Friere, 1970/2007), decolonizing spiritualities (Conner, 2004, 2003; Asanti, 2012; Hamilton 2012), decolonizing the mind (YellowBird, 2013; Thiong’O, 1986), decolonizing queerness (Farajaje-Jones,2000; Williams, 2006) and foundational postcolonial theorists (Césaire, 1950; Fanon, 1952,1963; Memmi, 1965; Nkrumah, 1970; Said, 1978), played a critical role in the decolonization project that can also inform scholarship on black sexualities. Discourse addressing decolonization and sexuality has emerged with publications such as postcolonial sexuality issue of Darkmatter (2008), decolonizing sexualities (Bakshi, Jivraj, Posocoo, 2016), and Decolonization Indigeneity Education and Society special issue ongender, sexuality and decolonization (Recollet & Ritskes, 2015). Although discourse on decolonizing sexualities has begun, contributions that focus on people of African descent remains virtually nonexistent. Critical scholarship that applies decolonizing perspectives to black sexualities are imperative to the healthy advancement of sexuality studies and sexual justice.
We hope to instigate, provoke and inspire the production of critical, powerful, and effective decolonizing interventions in the areas of Africana/Black sexuality, relationships, embodiment, aesthetics and erotics. To that end, we want to see work that stretches beyond the “master’s tools,” as Audre Lorde would say (Lorde, 1984, p.110), to reclaim, redeploy and reinvigorate indigenous knowledge practices for the 21st century as well as the conjuring of innovative approaches to liberating Black sex and bodies. We invite work that does a kind of violence to the hegemony of Western thought in academic spaces the likes of which Frantz Fanon described when he said “decolonization is always a violent phenomenon” (Fanon, 1963, p.1). We also want to make available to readers a collection of stories, tools, spells, and resources that can aid in the ongoing project of decolonization at the intersection of race, ethnicity, culture, and sexuality.
Africana art aesthetics, erotics, and decolonization
BDSM/Kink as spiritual practice among African/Black people
Black bodies as sites of sexual resistance
Black sexual revolutionaries
Critical race theory and critiques of Western sexology
Decolonizing clinical practices for sex educators, counselors, and/or therapists
Decolonizing methodologies in sexology, sex-related public health, or sex education
Decolonizing sexualities in Africa and/or the Diaspora
Efforts to decolonize the HIV Industrial Complex
Epigenetics, intergenerational sexual trauma from slavery/colonialism, and healing
Fanon and Sex
Freireian educational models in sex education
Funk as radical sexual politics
Indigenous Knowledge Studies (IKS) and Africana sexualities
Intersectionality, Decolonization and Africana sexualities
June Jordan and the new politics of sexuality in the 21st century
Lordean erotics and decolonization
Post-/Anti-colonial critiques of international development and their impact upon sex, family and erotic relationships in Africa and/or the Diaspora in the Global South
Post-/Anti-colonial queer studies of Africana sex, embodiment, family and/or relationships
Religion’s de/colonizing impact on Africana/Black sexualities, families, and/or relationships
Role of anti-colonial approaches to sex tourism and/or sex trafficking in Africa or the Diaspora
Sexual economy of chattel slavery and colonization
Sexual violence and the colonized mind
Sexuality in the Africana social justice, liberation and anti-colonial movements
Sex work decriminalization projects and African/Black sex workers
Submission of Manuscripts
Each manuscript must be accompanied by: (1) a declaration of demonstrated personal and professional (i.e., clinical/scholarly/artistic) commitment to the decolonization and liberation of African people on the continent and throughout the diaspora that articulates how the author engages in decolonizing praxis as a person and a professional (2) a statement that the manuscript has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. All figures should be camera ready.
Manuscripts should contain a working definition of decolonization. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.
Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.
The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier “.doc” filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.
Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, phone (202) 336-5500, fax (202) 336-5502.
Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor.
Peer Review Policy
All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.
- Deadline for submitting papers will be February 1, 2017
- Guest coeditors and journal editor will send articles to peer reviewers by February 15th, 2017
- Reviewers will submit reviews to guest co-editors by March 15, 2017
- Guest co-editors will forward reviewer feedback to authors by April 1, 2017
- Authors of accepted articles will send finalized articles to the guest co-editors by May 1, 2017
Please allow 3-5 months for review of all submitted articles.
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