Call for Chapters - Post-Soul Afro-Latinidad: A Critical Reader
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Thursday, March 28, 2024 01:22 PM

Post-Soul Afro-Latinidades, a special issue of The Black Scholar 52.1 (2022), and the Post-Soul Afro-Latinidad panel at the 2023 CHI Fellows Symposium at Amherst College brought together scholars who sought to bridge the gap between Latino, African American, and Africana studies. Inspired by the rich print and in-person dialogues between these scholars, we propose developing an edited collection titled Post-Soul Afro-Latinidad: A Critical Reader. This proposed edited collection seeks to assemble an array of critical articles and personal essays that focus on Afro-Latino and Black/African American interculturalism in the post-segregation era. Including expanded versions of the original articles in Post-Soul Afro-Latinidades, we seek chapters for a book manuscript that will put contemporary theories of Afro-Latinidad in conversation with the work of post-soul (and post-black) theorists and cultural critics. Are the post-soul and Afro-Latinidad conceptually linked or conceptually discrete? Can the lens of the post-soul reveal insights about both Afro-Latinidad and Latinidad that could not be revealed otherwise, and vice versa? In terms of scholarship, teaching, activism, and social cohesion, what do we stand to gain or lose by putting these concepts in conversation with each other? These are the questions that inspired the need for Post-Soul Afro-Latinidad: A Critical Reader. The co-editors of this proposed edited collection invite scholars from a wide range of fields in the humanities and social sciences to contribute chapters that critically explore the relationship between the post-soul and Afro-Latinidad in a wide range of subject areas, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Literature, music, dance, drama, and art
  • Television, film, radio, and podcasts
  • Social media, gaming, and digital humanities
  • History, politics, and the law
  • Social, cultural, or aesthetic theory
  • Race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • Black panethnic diversity
  • Communication and Media studies
  • Humor studies
  • Contemporary social movements
  • Food history and culture
  • Religious movements and spiritual practices
  • Immigration, emigration, or heritage tourism
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Issues in higher education or HBCUs
  • Anti-Black racism or Anti-Latino bias

Chapter Proposal: Submission Deadline May 1, 2024
The chapter proposal/abstract should be 250-300 words long and include a title and 5-6 keywords. It should also include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, institutional email address, and a 75-100 word author biography. The proposal should explicitly indicate how the author uses the post-soul and Afro-Latinidad as conceptual tools to answer their research questions and examine their topics of analysis. Please submit manuscripts to the co-editors by or before the May 1, 2024 deadline. The co-editors will announce accepted proposals on June 1, 2024.

Chapter Manuscript: Submission Deadline September 1, 2024
The word limit for submissions is 6,000-8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes and the bibliography. Submit article and essay manuscripts as Microsoft Word files only. Regarding citation format, use the most recent version of the Chicago Manual of Style (endnotes-only format). Regarding font, margins, and spacing, use a Times New Roman 12pt font, 1 inch page margins, and double-space line spacing for the entire document. Please submit initial manuscripts to the co-editors by or before the September 1, 2024 deadline.


Trent Masiki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Social Science and Policy Studies Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
[email protected]

José I. González, PhD Candidate
Afro-American Studies Department
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
[email protected]