Thursday, March 17, 2016

Call for Chapters: Lauryn Hill Reader; Abstracts due 4/30/16

Call for Chapters: Lauryn Hill Reader; Abstracts due 4/30/16

On August 25, 1998, Lauryn Hill released the classic album, The
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The album sold over 420,000 copies the
first week, received 10 Grammy nominations, and won five. Beyond the
album’s commercial success, Ms. Hill’s radical self-consciousness and
exuberance for life led us through her Black girl journey of love,
motherhood, admonition, redemption, spirituality, sexuality, politics,
and nostalgia that affirmed for all who listened love, creativity,
resistance, and the powerful traditional of African storytelling.

We claim this as the definitive work of Black girlhood for the Hip Hop
generation and beyond because it opened our eyes to a holistic
narrative of woman and mother. Miseducation provides inspirational
energies that serve as a foundational text for Black girlhood. Twenty
years after Ms. Hill unapologetically dared to bare her soul to the
world, we pay tribute to this work by adding to the quilt of Black
girls’ stories with the threads of feminist consciousness, which are
particularly imperative in this space where we declare: Black girls

This book calls for book length chapters (15-20 pages) that
intellectually wrestle with the interdisciplinary nature of
Miseducation, with an intense focus on the connection between the
music of Lauryn Hill and the lives of Black girls. We are interested
in how Black women have mapped these connections onto their personal
narratives and professional pedagogies. Chapters should address one or
more of the following topics, in combination or singularly:

· Black feminism/Womanism/Hip Hop feminism/Critical race
feminism/Latina Feminism
· Mothering/Othermothering/Community mothering
· Spirituality and knowledge construction
· Blackgirl ethnography
· Ethnomusicology
· Praxis/activism
· Girl studies
· Sexuality
· Place

Alternative/multi-vocular texts and representations of Black girlhood
experiences are accepted, including visual art, poetry, prose, life
notes, pedagogical reflections, short plays, journal/fieldnotes, etc.
Of course, we also seek traditional manuscripts that address relevant
empirical, theoretical, or methodological issues across disciplines.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please send a 500
word abstract (Word document in APA format, with tentative title) by
April 30, 2016 to Please be sure to
specify “LHR Abstract” as the subject and provide your full contact
information, including school or university affiliation, email
address, and phone number. If you have questions regarding the
manuscript guidelines or topic, please email
or If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected
to submit a complete paper (7500 word maximum) by November 1, 2016.

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