Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Call for Proposals



We invite submissions for an edited volume on Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs). In recent years, scholarship on BGLOs has sprouted up and has been received as a rich and contextual area of study for many practitioners across traditional academic boundaries. That is, out of its initial genesis in Higher Education, study of BGLOs has come to attract a vast array of interdisciplinary focus. This work hopes to assist the field blossom as today BGLOs are one of the most influential black-centered organizations, and they still hold critical purchase in the discourse and praxis of identity politics in a postmodern age. By couching this volume within the ethnic, gender, and cultural studies arenas that have been historically attentive to issues of power and representation and by focusing on empirical studies we hope to advance the study of BGLOs, to lend rigor and substance to recent trends that over-depend on abstract theorizing, and to reach an audience that is both academic and popular.

In this vein, academicians who are trained in empirical methodology but unaware of critical issues in BGLO related affairs, or vice versa, scholars who are well-versed in the culture, history, and social organization of BGLOs but lacking in the implementation of rigorous empirical methods, should not feel this is beyond their scope. The editors, with the council of the Advisory Board [co-chaired by Dr. Edward Whipple, Vice President for Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University and editor of New Challenges for Greek Letter Organizations: Transforming Fraternities and Sororities into Learning Communities (1998) and Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College and author of Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities (2003)] will pair scholars together, if needed or requested, for collaborative chapters.

Proposed Topics (non-exhaustive list):

Academic achievement
Authoritarianism or Democracy in their BGLO Organizational Ontology
BGLOs and (un)involvement in local politics
BGLOs and Afrocentricity
BGLOs and Geographic Regionalism
BGLOs and the Question of Black Nationalist vs. Assimilative Agendas
BGLOs and their Iconography (e.g.: Kappas and canes, Omegas and Gold Boots, etc.)
BGLOs and their role in the Civil Rights Movement
BGLOs on White campuses vs. BGLOs on HBCUs
Black Sororities and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wave Feminism
Black Sororities and Women's Liberation
Colorism/Internalized Racism (e.g.: Brown bag, blue vein tests)
Council Decision Making or Hierarchical Leadership in BGLOs
Cultural competence of Greek affairs advisors
Dating behavior among BGLO college members
Difference between Alumni/Undergraduate Chapters
Differences in the Portrayals of Founders among BGLOs
Eating disorders and sororities
Feminist/womanist identity development
High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Chapters
Homosexual members
Leadership development
Leadership vs./and Service (Carter G. Woodson’s premise)
Militarism in the traditions of BGLOs
Non-black members
Non-Christian members
Oral Traditions of Chapter Histories among BGLOs
Politics within BGLOs
Portrayal of BGLOs in works of fiction
Public perception of BGLOs
Racial identity development
Reasons why people choose to join certain BGLOs
Reclamation/organizational behavior
Sexual aggression/date rape
Significance of BGLO poems/narratives of ethos
sorority alumni chapters/The Links/Junior League
Stereotypes of Individual Organizations
Substance use/abuse
The Politics of Small vs. Large Chapters
The Question of Traditional Animosities between organizations (e.g.: AKA and Delta)
The Semiotics of Greek Paraphernalia (line jackets, etc.)


Please see the links to the right.


Those interested in contributing should send a CV with a list of five (or less) topics they would be interested in exploring to the lead editor (M. W. Hughey) by 1 November 2006: mwh5h@virginia.edu. Potential contributors will be contacted about submitting an abstract by 15 December 2006.

Matthew W. Hughey, M.Ed. - Mr. Hughey is Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia, where is is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Sociology as well as the Program of Media Studies. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.Ed. in Cultural Studies from Ohio University. Mr. Hughey has published various articles in The Journal of Black Studies, Educational Foundations, The Journal of Justice Studies, The Journal of Religious Thought as well as various entries for The Encyclopedia of Social Problems, An Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, and An Encyclopedia of African American Literature. He is chair of the Performativity Division of the Cultural Studies Association, a regular book reviewer for SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Gregory S. Parks, Ph.D. - Dr. Parks is a Cornell Law student where he is an Associate Editor on the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He earned his B.S. from Howard University, his M.S. from the City University of New York (Forensic Psychology), and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky (Clinical Psychology). Dr. Parks is co-editor of African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision (University Press of Kentucky, 2005); editor of Our Fight Has Just Begun: The Relevance of Black Fraternities and Sororities in the 21st Century (University Press of Kentucky, 2007); and co-editor of Critical Race Realism: Intersections of Psychology, Race and Law (The New Press, forthcoming). Dr. Parks is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D. - Dr. Kimbrough is the 12th President of Philander Smith College. He earned his B.S. at the University of Georgia, his M.S. from Miami University (College Stpersonnelronnel Services), and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University (Higher Education Administration). He has given over 350 presentations on BGLOs and is the author of Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities (Old Dominion University Press, 2003). Dr. Kimbrough is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Edward G. Whipple, Ph.D. - Dr. Whipple is Vice President for Student Affairs at Bowling Green State University. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs and serves as a member of the graduate faculty. Dr. Whipple earned his B.A. from Willamette University, M.A.T. from Northwestern University (English), and Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Dr. Whipple is editor of New Challenges for Greek Letter Organizations: Transforming Fraternities and Sororities into Learning Communities (Jossey-Bass, 1998).
Ronald Binder, Ph.D. - Bowling Green State University and the Association of Fraternity Advisors (President)
Daniel Bureau - University of Indiana and the Association of Fraternity Advisors (Associate Editor of The Oracle and 2004 President)
Jason Callaman, M.S. - Friends Research Institute
Charles Eberly, Ph.D. - Eastern Illinois University and the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity
Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D. - Harvard University
Corey D. B. Walker, Ph.D. - Brown University
Deborah E. Whaley, Ph.D. - Saint Louis University