Hat Tip: Victoria Robinson

The Black Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History Collective (BWICH) is seeking paper submissions for a broad-ranging conference on black women’s contributions to black thought, political mobilization, creative work and gender theory. We are interested in work on any time period that explores black women as intellectuals across a broad geography including Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe. BWICH aims to piece together a history of black women’s thought and culture that maps the distinctive concerns and historical forces that have shaped black women’s ideas and intellectual activities. To this end, we are interested in paper exploring subjects including, but not limited to, the genealogy of black feminism, the patterns of women’s leadership and ideas about religious culture and politics, the scientific work of black women, the economic ideas of black women, the politics of black women’s literature, and the history of black women’s racial, sexual or social thought. We encourage submissions from scholars of all ranks, and any relevant discipline.

Accepted papers will be featured at a conference on the Intellectual History of Black Women in New York City on April 28-30. The conference is sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, which will also cover the participants’ travel and lodging expenses. Submissions are due no later than October 15th, 2010, and should include a one-page abstract of the projected paper, as well as short C.V. Paper proposals and C.V.s should be submitted by email to: bwhichconference@gmail.com.

BWICH is an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort dedicated to recovering the history of black women as active intellectual subjects. We aim to encourage scholarship on black women’s intellectual activities among a diverse and enduring community of senior and junior scholars, whose intellectual exchanges will cross generations and foster a scholarly tradition that outlives this particular project.


Mia Bay, Rutgers University
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan
Barbara D. Savage, University of Pennsylvania

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  1. Hi, I have a question about the submissions. Are you requesting the paper itself or a proposal first in order to decide upon which papers you would like to see.

    Thanks so much

  2. Hi Margaret,

    Please re-read the post and if you still have question contact bwhichconference@gmail.com. Best.

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