JHC Call for Papers

“400 years: African American Struggles, Triumphs, and Survival Since 1619.”

The Journal of History and Culture (JHC) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC) at Prairie View A&M University. The TIPHC is digitally documenting the almost 500-year history of African American presence in Texas.

Each JHC edition explores multidisciplinary issues related to African American, Latino, Asian, Native American and other Diaspora communities with a specific focus on those issues as they relate to Texas. Contributions from all fields of scholarship are welcome. You may view previous JHC issues here: https://www.pvamu.edu/tiphc/publications/.

We are now accepting abstracts for the next JHC issue — a special edition — scheduled for late Spring 2019 and focusing on “400 years: African American Struggles, Triumphs, and Survival Since 1619.” Our theme is in conjunction with the 2019 quadricentennial commemoration of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English-speaking Colonies which later became the United States. As for Texas, when enslaved people in the Lone Star State were finally informed of their freedom on June 19, 1865, Anglo Texans were sure it was a sign of the apocalypse, “the end of the Negro race.” Yet, we’re still here, still rising.

We commemorate the 1619 arrival and take measure of the contributions African Americans have made in all facets in the building of this nation.

We welcome essays, profiles and other forms of unpublished scholarly research. Generally, the TIPHC and JHC focus is on Black history in Texas, however, the theme for this special issue offers latitude to include papers addressing issues with more of a general interest. Some suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

The African Diaspora (For this already well-covered subject, we especially invite submissions expressing new thoughts!)
• Africans were not new to this part of the world. Is the focus on 1619 and English-speaking America misguided and overly narrow? The African Diaspora has been shown to be more than transatlantic.
• The African Diaspora to English speaking Colonies of North and South America
• The initial cargo for Virginia of “20 and some odd Negroes”— enslaved Africans or indentured servants?
• The skills and cultures enslaved Africans brought to this country — music, cuisine, crafts, religion, linguistics, etc.
• Africans in the “New World” before the arrival of the English.
• The contemporary face of slavery and human trafficking

• The legacy of slavery in Texas
• Black women in Texas history
• Interactions among the various racial and ethnic groups in Texas. How has this shaped politics, the struggle for civil rights and other institutions?
• The development of the Chicano or brown identity and its impact on politics and other facets of Latino life in Texas.
• The Native American experience in Texas.
• Life in the early multicultural presidios

• Implications of the racial/ethnic demographic shift in the U.S.
• Black participation in the U.S. military
• Lingering effects of slavery on the health, education, socioeconomic well-being, family life, ecology, political power.
• The teaching of Black history in elementary and secondary schools

TEXT FORMAT: Abstracts must be no more than 500 words. A brief author bio or CV must accompany the abstract. Final manuscripts should be no more than 5,000 words. Text must be double-spaced and written in accordance with MLA or APA style. All submissions should be emailed to mdhurd@pvamu.edu.

Text should be saved in Microsoft Word format. Any accompanying images should be sent with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Image captions and credits must be included. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees.

Abstracts Due: Nov. 1, 2018
Acceptance notification: Dec. 1, 2018
Final papers due: Mar 1, 2019

Michael Hurd
Director, Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture
Executive Editor, Journal of History and Culture
Prairie View A&M University
Phone: 936-261-9836