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Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International

Vol. 1 (2012) through current issue

Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship and creative work by and about women of the African Diaspora and their communities in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Current Issue: Volume 4, Number 1, 2015

E-ISSN: 2165-1612
Print ISSN: 2165-1604

Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors

Palimpsest accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Submissions are reviewed anonymously by members of the editorial board and by readers in the appropriate fields. The editors invite submissions of scholarly essays, interviews, and archival documents.

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to: palimpsestjournal@vanderbilt.edu. If you have not received a response from us regarding the status of your submission in 6-8 weeks, please contact the editors directly: t.sharpley-whiting@vanderbilt.edu or t.ruby.patterson@vanderbilt.edu. Manuscripts that are under review elsewhere or that have been previously published will not be considered by Palimpsest. We also do not accept unsolicited book, film or video reviews.

Essay Preparation

All submissions must be typed in Times New Roman 12 font, double-spaced, and accompanied by a title page containing the author’s name, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address. Scholarly articles should follow the latest version of the Chicago Manual of Style (http://www. chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html).

Manuscripts not following this style will not be accepted for publication. In order to facilitate the process of anonymous peer review, the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All references in the essay and notes that might identify the author should be removed. Manuscripts should be no longer than 35 pages. An abstract of 150 words must accompany the submission. Submissions without abstracts will not be considered for review.

Book Reviews

Publishers should submit poetry, fiction and non-fiction books for review in Palimpsest to the following postal address:

Palimpsest Journal
African American and Diaspora Studies
Box 351516 Station B
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37235-1516

All inquiries about Palimpsest and its editorial policies should be sent electronically to: palimpsestjournal@vanderbilt.edu

Editorial Board

Volume 4, Number 1, 2015

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University

Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editors

Annette Joseph-Gabriel

Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS

Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School

Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History

Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English

Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy

Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS

Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English

Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies

Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University

Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University

Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Anastasia Curwood, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University

Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana

Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania

Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)

Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar

Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University

Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College

Sirène Harb, American University

Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California

Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware

Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies

Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University

Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh

Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies

Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies

Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University

Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California

Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University

Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 3, Issue 2, 2014

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editors

Annette Joseph-Gabriel
Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS
Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Anastasia Curwood, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2014

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editors

Annette Joseph-Gabriel
Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS
Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Anastasia Curwood, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 2, Issue 2, 2013

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Guest Editors

C. Riley Snorton, Northwestern University
Scott Poulson-Bryant, Harvard University

Managing Editors

Annette Joseph-Gabriel
Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS

Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Anastasia Curwood, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 2, Number 1, 2013

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editor

Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Anastasia Curwood, Associate Editor, AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS

Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2012

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editor

Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Anastasia Curwood, Associate Editor, AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS

Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2012

Senior Editors

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, African American and Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
Tiffany Ruby Patterson-Myers, AADS & History, Vanderbilt University

Managing Editor

Tara F. Williams

Vanderbilt University Editorial Board

Houston A. Baker, Associate Editor, Dept of English & AADS
Anastasia Curwood, Associate Editor, AADS
Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Associate Editor, Divinity School
Jane Landers, Associate Editor, Dept of History
Ifeoma Nwankwo, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Kelly Oliver, Associate Editor, Dept of Philosophy
Alice Randall, Associate Editor & Fiction and Poetry Book Review Editor, AADS

Hortense J. Spillers, Associate Editor, Dept of English
Gilman W. Whiting, Associate Editor, AADS

International Advisory Board

Eudine Barriteau, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Judy Byfield, Dept of History, Cornell University
Glenda Carpio, Dept of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Bettye Collier-Thomas, Dept of History, Temple University
Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Musa Dube, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana
Thadious Davis, Dept of English, University of Pennsylvania
Frieda Ekotta, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan
Lisa Farrington, Dept of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Karen E. Fields, Independent Scholar
Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University
Shelley Haley, Africana Studies & Classics, Hamilton College
Sirène Harb, American University
Robin Kelley, Dept of History, University of Southern California
Erik McDuffie, Black American Studies Program and History, University of Delaware
Patricia Mohammed, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Nell Painter, Dept of History, Princeton University
Lara Putnam, Dept of History, University of Pittsburgh
Rhoda Reddock, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Verene Shepherd, Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies
Werner Sollors, Professor of English, Dept of English, Harvard University
Marina de Mello e Souza, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Ula Taylor, African American Studies, University of California
Gloria Wekker, Utrecht University
Michael West, Sociology Dept, Binghamton University (SUNY)