Calls for Contributions

Calls for Contributions: 2018

At USSO we welcome a variety submissions from research posts and reviews to articles on professional development and guidelines for early career researchers and postgraduate students navigating the job market or applying for their first position. If you have an idea you want to pitch, get in touch with us at and include one of the categories below in the subject line of your email:


European Relations



Social Media


 Zora Neale Hurston: Life and Works 

It is nearly a century since Zora Neale Hurston wrote Barracoon, an ethnography of Cudjo Lewis, the Alabama man believed to be the last living African enslaved in the United States. On May 8 Lewis’ story became widely available to the public for the first time. To mark this historic occasion, and to commemorate the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston – a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance, African-American folklorist and ethnographer, and one of the most significant women writers of the twentieth century – USSO is seeking articles on any aspect of Hurston’s life, her art, her anthropology. For more information, get in touch with us here.

Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant (ed.), Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”, (Harper Collins, 2018), is available from May 8.

International Researchers, Transnational American Studies 

This is a call for European graduate students and early career researchers who are interested in sharing their work on an international platform. Our European Representative, Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo, would love to hear your ideas.

Over the next few months the editors welcome topic-specific blog posts in these areas:

  • Important Dates in 2018

If there is an important date in 2018 that intersects with your research get in touch with us at usso[at] with a 700-1200 word post.

An important date can be the birthday or date of death of a person of note; a milestone anniversary of an event, historical moment, publication or show; a public holiday or annual observance, like black history month, international women’s day, labour day.

  • Professional Development

At USSO we also publish posts on professional development issues, so if you would like to share your experience of  interviews, job applications, teaching, event organisation, public engagement and mentoring, then get in touch.

In particular, we welcome expressions of interest from senior academics who are interested in drawing on their experience to provide guidance to postgraduate and early career researchers.

Contact the editors if you are interested in writing a post on any of the above topics, or check out our more general call for submissions if you have something else in mind. Don’t be shy!

For all queries and submissions, contact the editors at

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