Feminist Studies

Call for Content

40th Anniversaries of This Bridge Called My Back and All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave

Deadline: June 1, 2020

In the foreword to the first edition of This Bridge Called My Back (1981), Toni Cade Bambara wrote: “Quite frankly, This Bridge needs no Foreword; it is the Afterward that will count.” And what an impactful afterward it has been. But Some of Us Are Brave, published the following year in 1982, also ushered in nothing less than what Audre Lorde called “a new era” in women’s studies.

Honoring of the power and longevity of these two collections, Feminist Studies will devote a special issue in 2021-2022 marking the 40th anniversaries of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (eds. Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, 1981) and All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (eds. Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Smith, 1982).

We invite contributions of three kinds:

  1. Short pieces (3000 words) in the genres that these collections exemplify: creative, urgent, personal theoretical writing that can reach a range of readers, addressing questions of social justice.
  2. Full length papers (10,500 words) analyzing the institutional transformations that these two texts generated and/or continue to generate.
  3. Concrete reflective essays (3000-5000 words) about the pedagogical uses of these texts and the changing responses of students over the decades.

Please submit work by June 1, 2020 to submit@feministstudies.org.

Inquiries can be directed to Feminist Studies‘s Editorial Director, Ashwini Tambe at atambe@umd.edu.