[URBANTH-L]CFP: Reader on the Racial Implications of Hurricane Katrina

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Thu Oct 26 01:13:59 EDT 2006

From: Trevor Griffey <trevorg at u.washington.edu>



Submission Deadline: November 7, 2006

Dr. Manning Marable, Director of the Center for Contemporary Black History and Editor of Souls, invites scholars, students, faculty and researchers to submit an article or essay for a Reader that will provide a critical examination of the racial impact of Hurricane Katrina on African American life, culture and political standing.  This Reader will be published by Palgrave Macmillan and is scheduled for release in 2007.

This unprecedented natural disaster has had, and will continue to have, a deep and profound impact on African American life and culture in the Deep South and beyond.  The forced evacuation and dispersal of hundreds of thousands of Blacks from their homes to other parts of the country has spawned movement patterns that some have come to label the Second Great Black Migration.  Although the immediate impact of Katrina is readily identifiable, the deeper consequences of the forced evacuation and relocation of large numbers of African Americans may not be fully realized for some time.  As a result, Hurricane Katrina will likely produce significant and evolving scholarship in years to come.  Thus, this Reader seeks to document and memorialize the earliest impressions and understandings of Katrina's racial impact.  Indeed, it is critical that the racial implications of Katrina be thoughtfully examined to help set the stage for future public debates and discussions around these iss

This Reader will provide a rich and comprehensive analysis of the racial impact of Hurricane Katrina by pulling together political scientists who will gauge the impact that the mass evacuation has had on Black political strength in the Gulf region; social scientists who will analyze the impact of mass evacuations on the Black family unit; anthropologists who will discuss the significance of the loss of Black cultural institutions and neighborhoods; ethnomusicologists who will weight the impact of the storm on Black artists and jazz musicians; historians who will offer comparisons between Hurricane Katrina and the Flood of 1927 that spawned the mass migration of Blacks from the Deep South to metropolitan centers around the country and lawyers who will offer their perspective regarding the key issues surrounding the rebuilding process, among others.

Send final articles to Kristen Clarke-Avery at kclarke at post.harvard.edu.  Each article should be accompanied with a cover letter that should include: title, author's name, affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail address.  Proposals with multiple authorships should indicate the person to be contacted.  Final articles must be submitted no later than November 7, 2006.

Trevor Griffey
History Department
University of Washington

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