A biannual journal covering women, gender, and the Black International.
Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship and creative work by and about women of the African Diaspora and their communities in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds. A partnership between Vanderbilt University’s Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and the State University of New York Press, the goal of Palimpsest is to engender further explorations of the Black International as a liberation narrative and Black Internationalism as an insurgent consciousness formed over and against retrogressive practices embodied in slavery, colonialism, imperialism, and globalization, from the early modern period to the present. Drawing on the traditions of African diasporic studies and feminist/womanist thought, the journal will feature analyses of Black women's histories, experiences, and cultural productions. More specifically, the editors solicit work that considers the intersections of race, class, gender, color, and sexuality in the histories, social and political movements, expressive cultures, spiritual formations, and philosophical thoughts of women as well as the ways in which women locate themselves, and have been located, on the map of human geography. Scholars from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged to contribute, and a primary consideration for inclusion is an essay’s capacity to resonate with and critically engage the interdisciplinary fields of African American and Diaspora studies and women’s and gender studies.
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French at Vanderbilt University. Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers is Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and History at Vanderbilt University.
Toward the “Higher Type of Womanhood”: The Gendered Contours of Garveyism and the Making of Redemptive Geographies in Costa Rica, 1922–1941 Asia Leeds
A Loving Reclamation of the Unutterable: Patricia Hill Collins, Hortense J. Spillers, and Nina Simone as Excellent Performers of Nomenclature I. Augustus Durham
It’s All in the Name: Hip Hop, Sexuality, and Black Women’s Identity in Breakin’ In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer Carol E. Henderson
Boys to Men: Getting Personal about Black Manhood, Sexuality, and Empowerment David Ikard
Reading Will Make You Queer: Gender Inversion and Racial Leadership in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem Charles I. Nero
Cartography of Curves: Black Women and Eros in Prose and Pictures: A Dialogue between Rachel Eliza Griffiths (photographer) and Alice Randall (novelist), with an Introduction, “Black Magic Women,” by Houston A. Baker
“Do I Need a Contract to Kiss You?”: Consent, Incapacitation, and The Ethics of Sex David A. Rubin
Women, Religion, and Sexuality in Contemporary Moroccan Film: Unveiling the Veiled in Hijab al-Hob (Veils of Love, 2009) Valérie K. Orlando
Nude Study Transubstantiate Wane and Wax Book of Common Prayer Caroline Randall Williams