Call for Papers

At the crossroads of Existence: Intersectionality Sexuality and Relationships

The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, through a partnership with the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at Howard University, announces a call for papers for a forthcoming special themed issue to be published in the fall of 2018 to advance scholarship and research focused on intersectionality as it relates sexuality and relationships among Blacks and other traditionally marginalized populations.  Dr. Kamilah M. Woodson, Associate Managing Director of the Association of Black Psychologists-Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Dr. Angela D. Ferguson, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard University will serve as guest editors for this forthcoming special themed issue.

The purpose of this special issue is to address the constructs of sexuality and or relationships from an intersectionality framework. Intersectionality can be viewed as a theoretical and methodological approach to understanding the meaning and consequences of holding multiple co-constructing categories of social group membership (Ireland, Freeman, Winston-Proctor, DeLaine, McDonald-Lowe & Woodson, 2018).  This approach is centered on an examination of power, privilege, and oppression (within and across groups) as well as attention to the personal, interpersonal, and structural significance of simultaneous social group membership. In a recent keynote speech, Crenshaw clarifies that her original articulation of intersectionality was not a theory of multiple identities, but of how holding certain identities makes one vulnerable to discrimination and exclusion (Crenshaw, 2016; Ireland, Freeman, Winston-Proctor, DeLaine, McDonald-Lowe & Woodson, 2018). Moreover, the privileges one enjoys and the discrimination one faces, are typically facilitated by one’s unique positioning in society as determined by their classifying identities. Further, intersecting oppressions tend to result in toxic relations, which are often exacerbated by the lack of structural supports and can produce mental health problems (Hewstone, 2015). Given that oppressive experiences based on multiple identities may be differential and differentially salient over the life span, mental health professionals can help individuals deconstruct and change the meanings of their oppressive experiences; such that, positive identities based on these experiences may be meaningfully constructed (Robinson 1999; Melville & Ferguson, 2012).

The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is 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 trans-historical 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. Quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual articles, book reviews, and letters to the editor address various cultural substrates (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identities, ability, spirituality, etc.) that intersect or weave themselves in/out of sexual expression, romantic relationships, and/or friendships. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal includes perspectives from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, human development, social work, social policy, and anthropology. Given the aforementioned areas, it is important to note that Manuscripts submitted must include intersectionality and broad implications for the field of mental health, wellness and or social justice.

Manuscript Submissions

For initial consideration, please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words by email to Dr. Kamilah M. Woodson ( ) and Dr. Angela D. Ferguson ( by August 1, 2018. Invited authors will need to submit completed manuscripts by October 30, 2018.


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