Call for Proposals: Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the Here and Now 2021

Deadline: 1 May 2021
Open to: projects that explore Mary Ann Shadd


The Colored Conventions Project and the Center for Black Digital Research in partnership with Dr. Kristin Moriah at Queen’s University open the call for proposals (CFP) on the topic, “Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the Here and Now.”

This Call for Proposals seeks essays for the first edited collection on pioneering thinker Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who broke barriers in journalism, law and political activism in Canada and the United States. They are in search of innovative scholarly work from a broad range of inter/disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to historical, literary, gender, ecological, bibliographical, visual, sound, and performance studies.

They aim to work across scholarly boundaries of nineteenth-century Black feminist inquiry in North America. Papers chosen for collection will first be presented at a virtual symposium in October, 2021 hosted by Queens University and the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk at Penn State University.


Open to projects that explore Mary Ann Shadd as they relate to:

  • Archival Studies
  • Activism and organizing
  • Arts-based research
  • Black feminist editorship, bibliography, and print culture
  • Black geographies and spatial practices
  • Citizenship and belonging in Upper Canada, Delaware, Ontario, the United States and/or Washington, D.C.
  • Community engagement in Canada and the U.S.
  • Cultural criticism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ecologies
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Family circles and trees
  • Transnational migration
  • Legal studies
  • Performance
  • Public speech acts and oratory
  • Politics
  • Philosophy and religion

How to apply

Proposals should include a description of the proposed paper (500 words) and a brief CV (no more than 3 pages) submitted via the online form.

Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2021. Full papers will be submitted by September 1, 2021 for pre-circulation before the symposium—with a tight deadline for revisions shortly thereafter so the book will be ready for the 200th anniversary of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s birth in 2023.

For more information, please visit the official webpage.

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