Founded in 1969 by Robert Chrisman and Nathan Hare, THE BLACK SCHOLAR is the first journal of black studies and research. In TBS, academics, activists, artists, and political leaders come to grips with basic issues confronting Afro-America, the Diaspora, and Africa. While a paucity of intellectual spaces focused on black thinking remains, due in part to the impact of TBS, Black/Africana Studies and its sub-disciplines have become legitimate spaces of scholarly inquiry.
In June 2012, TBS relaunched, with new editors, editorial and advisory boards. It is now peer reviewed and published through Routledge Press starting in 2015. In keeping with our history of engaging and cultivating differential political conversations and cultural expressions from across the black world, we are now seeking submissions. We welcome work that helps maintain our core commitment to tough-minded thinking and an emancipatory project, submissions on contemporary issues facing the global black world, and submissions by new generation thinkers and activists. We are open to a range of subjects, including Black Political Economy, new forms of cultural production, sex and sexuality, LGBTQ issues and approaches, gender studies, class and immigration, media and popular culture, psychology and spirituality, contemporary Africa and Black Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and even work that problematizes blackness or conventional racial thinking. We welcome reports and analysis of local, national and international struggles and campaigns around police brutality, incarceration, environmental racism, voter suppression, housing, gentrification, education, and community development. Though scholarly work is featured, journalistic, essayistic and other forms of non-fiction are also welcome.
Submissions must be in English or in translation and may come from anywhere in the world as long as they meet the criteria articulated on our website and in the journal. All disciplines, approaches and fields are welcome as long as they appreciate the unique opportunity TBS offers to speak to others outside one’s area.
Please see our submission guidelines for further information.