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Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Call for Proposals: Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the Here and Now

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Applications are open for Call for Proposals: Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the Here and Now. The Colored Conventions Project and the Center for Black Digital Research in partnership with Dr. Kristin Moriah at Queen’s University open the call for proposals (CFP) on the topic, “Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the Here and Now.”

This CFP seeks essays for the first edited collection on pioneering thinker Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who broke barriers in journalism, law and political activism in Canada and the United States. The contest is in search of innovative scholarly work from a broad range of inter/disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to historical, literary, gender, ecological, bibliographical, visual, sound, and performance studies.

It aims to work across scholarly boundaries of nineteenth-century Black feminist inquiry in North America. Papers chosen for collection will first be presented at a virtual symposium in October, 2021 hosted by Queens University and the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk at Penn State University. We invite proposals (500 words) for potential articles (6000 words) as well as interviews and creative texts (1000-3000 words) for consideration.


The call welcomes projects that explore Mary Ann Shadd as they relate to:

  • Archival Studies
  • Activism and organizing
  • Arts-based research
  • Black feminist editorship, bibliography, and print culture
  • Black geographies and spatial practices
  • Citizenship and belonging in Upper Canada, Delaware, Ontario, the United States and/or Washington, D.C.
  • Community engagement in Canada and the U.S.
  • Cultural criticism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ecologies
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Family circles and trees
  • Transnational migration
  • Legal studies
  • Performance
  • Public speech acts and oratory
  • Politics
  • Philosophy and religion


Proposals should include a description of the proposed paper (500 words) and a brief (no more than 3 pages) CV submitted to [Google Form] by May 1st, 2021. Applicants will be notified by June 1st, 2021. Full papers will be submitted by Sept 1st, 2021 for pre-circulation before the symposium–with a tight deadline for revisions shortly thereafter so the book will be ready for the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2023.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
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OrganizerColored Conventions Project



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