CALL FOR PAPERS 2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women

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2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research

on African American Women


THEME—  Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement”

Dr. Claudia D. Nelson and Dr. Natalie Tindall, Co-Editors

PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women (PHILLIS) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation. Its editions appear biennially and comprise the highest quality scholarship related to the experiences of African American women. PHILLIS solicits scholarly writings by and about African American women across all disciplines that seek to advance the history, contributions and relevancy of African American women. Works are intellectually challenging, promote debate, and seek to deepen the scholarly discussion on the global experience of women of the African diaspora.  We look forward to publishing articles engaging gender, race, culture, class, nation, and/or sexuality either as central focuses or as constitutive analytics. We seek exciting essays that support new inquiries or prompt constructive and corrective debate.

The theme for the 2015 edition of PHILLIS—  “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement,” seeks to present articles on the leadership and participation of women as leaders and members in organizations and events that will observe milestones in 2015. As the nation reflects upon the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (1861-1865), we want to take this opportunity to add to the canon and publish works that focus on the contributions of African American women to the freedom struggle in America. This enduring theme is manifested in the abolitionist, women’s, civil and human rights movements. The year 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the death of Malcolm X. In this issue, we want to more broadly explore the roles of African American women over the last 150 years in confronting issues of oppression and providing leadership to bring about change. We seek papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Black women and voting rights
  • Black women and the quest for equal and equitable education
  • Black women and social justice activism
  • Black women’s organizations and their involvement with political engagement
  • Black women involved in criminal justice system
  • Black women’s reproductive health
  • Black women as political leaders and in the fight for political rights
  • Black women’s online social networks, and #hashtag social justice activism
  • Black women as media owners
  • Black women’s involvement in the United Nations
  • Black women and international involvement (anti-apartheid, freedom movements)
  • Black women’s contribution to the mainstreaming of African Americans and women into American society, i.e. inclusion in the workforce, charitable service, civic engagement and other roles
  • The significance of Black women in achieving major gains in American social movements
  • The intersectionality of Black women’s lives and socioeconomic factors that precipitated/precipitates their participation in civic engagement

This issue of PHILLIS will be cross-disciplinary in its theorizing and methodology, will be original, engaging, distinctive, well-written, and concise.


The Editors invite submissions of article-length manuscripts, information and documents that might appropriately be published in PHILLIS.  We publish articles from a wide range of areas—which include, but are not limited to, articles engaging culture, race, gender, class, nation, and/or sexuality. We are looking for lively, provocative essays that launch new inquiries or prompt intense and informed debate. We publish articles not only in areas of scholarship familiar to PHILLIS readers but in newly emergent fields relevant to people of African descent.


We do not request assignment of copyright from authors. Although the copyright and legal responsibility remains with the author, it is understood that the journal has nonexclusive right to publish the contribution and the  continuing right, without limit, to include the contribution as part of any reprinting of the issue and/or volume of the journal in which the contribution first appeared by any means and in any format, including computer-assisted  storage and readout, in which the issue and/or volume may be reproduced by the  publisher or by its licensed agencies. Correspondence concerning PHILLIS should be addressed to the current Editors.


  1. Articles should not exceed 25 manuscript pages, or 9,000 words. Type all copy—including reference list—double-spaced, allowing adequate margins on the top, bottom, and sides using 12pt Times Roman font.
  2. The citation style for PHILLIS is Chicago. However, authors can submit their articles using the American Psychological Association or Modern Language Association styles. If the article is accepted, the authors must convert to Chicago Style, using endnotes and footnotes.
  3. A separate title page should include the article title and the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The first page of the manuscript should have the article title. The text should start 2 inches below the title. To protect anonymity, the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript, and all references in the body of the text that might identify the author to the reviewer should be removed. Articles that do not conform to these specifications will be returned.
  4. Please check in advance for permission to use images and graphics. Papers submitted with images and illustrations will delay reviews.
  5. All manuscripts are edited and subject to the established style-sheet of PHILLIS.
  6. E-mail submissions should include three separate files: a title page with identifying information, one copy of the manuscript, and one copy of an abstract. Please send as an MSWord (doc) attachment only. Do not send a PDF file. Please submit to
  7. All articles published in PHILLIS are peer- reviewed. The Editors and members of the Editorial/Advisory board will conduct the anonymous review. This process may take several months. The author will be notified of the reviewer’s decision. Manuscripts submitted without abstracts will not be sent out for review.
  8. Papers must be in their final form before peer-review and editing occurs. Successful manuscripts are not sent to authors for an additional review before publication unless noted by the reviewer or determined by the copy/technical editors.
  9. Send electronic submissions to by the deadline date of March 27, 2015. Letters of acceptance of papers will be issued once the review process is completed, no later than May 1, 2015.

CALL FOR REVIEWERS — 2015 Edition of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research  on African American Women

The editors of the 2015 issue of PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women are seeking reviewers. Reviewers will be asked to review 2-4 papers. This is a great opportunity to help expand the conventional thinking and conversation about the experiences of African American women in the diaspora.  The title/theme for the issue is “Fortitude: 150 Years of African American Women and Civic Engagement.”

If you are willing to review, please complete the following form:

Thanks in advance for considering this, and if you know anyone who might be interested, please forward.