*Inaugural 2009 Manuscript Competition*

Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora (ICI), a new initiative devoted to critical thinking and writing about the African Diaspora and the pursuit of a cross-generational dialogue on issues related to it (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ICI/), is pleased to announce our inaugural 2009 competition for the two best unpublished, single-authored manuscripts or manuscripts of linked essays. The winners of the two prizes-he Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences-will each receive $3,000 and the option for a book contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Each manuscript must be written by an untenured professor on the general topic of the global African Diaspora and produced in any field of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Manuscripts will be read and closely evaluated by senior professors in the relevant fields, and the winners announced each spring. In the fall, an annual symposium will be convened at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. during which winners and finalists will present seminars on their topics.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

African, African-American or African-Canadian studies
Atlantic African slave trade
Black European studies
Black popular culture
Caribbean studies
Cinema and film studies
Latin-American studies
War and peace

All submissions must be emailed to ici@vanderbilt.edu, June 1 – 30, 2009, with the subject line “Submission.” Do NOT send full manuscripts at this time. Please include the following:

-cover letter
-proposal with a prospectus and book outline

Candidates will be notified by July 15 if they are invited to submit a full manuscript. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to ICI for the duration of the contest.

For information contact:

Hortense J. Spillers, executive director
Brenna Hansen, program coordinator
Vanderbilt University
Station B # 351654
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235

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