Call for Papers: Special Issue of Genealogy Journal: ‘Global Black Movements’ (Deadline: 31 March)

The function and impact of global black movements have been scrutinized over generations by scholars and activists. Black movements of all forms and intent have risen up to challenge slavery, colonialism, global capitalism and the concurrent system of racial oppression. How, why and when these movements arose and the contours of their individual and collective impact(s) are of critical importance in present scholarship.

This special issue on global black movements attempts to explain and assess the global social and political movements in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas through a 200+ year period – from the revolutions of the end of the 18th century (including the Haitian revolution) to modern 20th and 21st century political, social and cultural movements in the black diaspora.

What constitutes a “black social movement”? How do we address the complexity of the resistance activity of these movements? What is the legacy of earlier black movements for current black movements?

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This special issue will also address not only the forms these movements assumedbut their theoretical and programmatic bases, racial and ethnic social formations, variations in type and consequences or outcomes, and the contexts in which they arose.

In accepting new submissions for this special issue there is the urge for interdisciplinary scholarly approach that can advance the discussion, connect past and present, candidly assess the weaknesses and strengths of the public record and the silences in and omissions from it.

The journal Genealogy creates a space for the examination of black movements, past and present, and it invites submissions that interrogate topics including but not limited to the following broad subject areas:

  • The pan-Africanist movement
  • The Garvey movement (UNIA)
  • Black feminist internationalists
  • The anti-apartheid movement
  • Black Marxism
  • The Caribbean black power movement;
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Afro-Latincultural movements in South America and the Caribbean
  • Black nationalism
  • Black movements and individual protest in Sport
  • Black separatism
  • The civil rights movement
  • The ‘Black is Beautiful’ Campaign & movement
  • The Black Arts Movement
  • Negritude
  • The Black evangelical movement
  • The Haitian revolution
  • The reparations movement
  • Rastafarianism
  • Black Panthers
  • Black Consciousness movement
  • Combahee River Collective

Dr. Nigel Westmaas
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Please find out more on the website: Genealogy

A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.

Contact Info:
Anyone who has interests in submitting, please feel free to contact the Guest Editor Dr. Nigel Westmaas ( or the Managing Editor Ms. Allie Shi (

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