Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Angela Nelson, Bowling Green State University



Abstract Deadline: March 11, 2020

The Africana Studies Advisory Committee of the Africana Studies Program at Bowling Green State University invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the inaugural online edition of Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies. Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies encompasses a wide range of topics spanning time and place, from current and historic political events, to artistic and cultural developments, and environmental change. We, therefore, welcome abstracts for papers dealing with the broader issues affecting Africana people in the global context, including but not limited to: language, religion, gender and culture; ethnicity; role of the arts/media; politics, leadership, economics and commerce; social justice; law; medicine & public health practices; education; war and terrorism; peace, conflict resolution, and security; youth, crime, and vigilante justice; changing values & norms; environment, resources, and development; immigration/migration; slavery; post-colonial issues; rural-urban changes; the civil war; political-economic empowerment & leadership; national reconciliation; property rights; census; etc.

We encourage undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to participate. Paper submissions should be 10-to-20 pages double-spaced and adhere to MLA (8th edition) formatting. Moreover, we request faculty to identify undergraduate student papers that are worthy of publication and, when possible, to assist their undergraduate students in the writing process.

Dates and Deadlines:

Submissions should include a paper title, the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, name of faculty sponsor (for undergraduate students), and faculty sponsor’s email address and a 200-250-word abstract that identifies the methodology used, states the paper’s goals, summarizes the context and argument of the paper, and includes a brief conclusion. Please submit your abstract by March 11, 2020. Click on the “Submit Article” tab in the left hand column to start the submission process. Notification of abstract submission status will occur on or before March 16, 2020. Full papers are due on April 15, 2020. Papers will undergo review by the BGSU African Studies Advisory Committee. Paper status notifications will occur April 29, 2020. Paper revisions are due May 15, 2020. September/October 2020 is the tentative journal publication date.

Abstract Writing:

For first-time paper abstract writers, you have three options for help. Consult your faculty advisor for advice. Visit your University's Writing Center or visit the Academic Conferences website for a short tutorial on Abstract Guidelines for Papers.


For more information about the submission process, see Tips and Instructions for Submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Angela Nelson at anelson@bgsu.edu or Tracy Susko at tsusko@bgsu.edu.