Call for Extended Abstracts By Any Means: Black Women’s Collective Activism From the 20th Century to the Present

Call for Extended Abstracts

By Any Means: Black Women’s Collective Activism from the 2oth Century to the Present

Editors: Aisha Upton and Natalie Tindall

Background/Objective of Volume:

By Any Means: Black Women’s Collective Activism From the 21st Century to the Present takes a critical look at the activism of  Black women’s organizations in the U.S. from the 19th century to the present day. Through examining the activism of voluntary organizations like the NACW and the NCNW as well as fraternal organizations, auxiliary groups, and sororal organizations such as Black Greek-Letter sororities and the LINKS incorporated, this book provides critical insight into Black women’s organizations influences on civil society. The major features that make this volume unique are the scope and the topic. Many scholars have not addressed the influence and impact of black women’s social movements and groups. This book is a first attempt to shift the narrative and rectify the current scholarship.

Note: The book proposal is under review by a major academic press.

Scope of Volume/ Potential Topics:

This volume is open to all methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, and mixed methods. Each chapter should have a theoretical foundation to ensure the overall scholastic quality of the volume.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sorority responses to social movements
  • The activity of black sororities in activism and social movements
  • How leadership influences activism of the sorority
  • Membership engages in activism and advocate in different ways
  • Black women’s feminism and organizational activism
  • Non-responsiveness of mainstream organizations
  • Leadership development and opportunities for young black women within these organizations
  • Historical perspectives on black women’s organizing, social movements, and formal advocacy organization
  • Political efficacy of the organizations — getting people elected
  • Advocacy
  • Socioeconomic identities of the sorority on civic activism and engagement
  • Non-black membership with black sororities advocacy and activism, civil rights legacy
  • Cross collaborations between organizations
  • Sorority responses to hashtag/digital activism


If you are interested in contributing a chapter to this volume, please submit a 2-5 page extended abstract (excluding references) with your name, phone number, institution, email address, and a brief author bio to by August 1, 2016. This volume is interdisciplinary, so you are encouraged to forward this call for abstracts to others outside of your academic discipline.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to submit abstracts: August 1
  • Invitation to write book chapters: August 31
  • Deadline to submit book chapters: December 1