CFP: JALA Special Issue on Afro-Hispanism and the Arts in and beyond Africa


Founded in 1974, the African Literature Association (ALA) works to promote literary and cultural studies related to, and about, Africa and its diasporic populations. The ALA’s goals are to facilitate an appreciation and an understanding of the works of African writers and artists, delving into their productions through yearly conferences and the publication of the organization’s foremost journal, The Journal of the African Literature Association or JALA. Its active membership of 400-500 teachers, scholars, and writers is organized through caucuses that attend to specific areas of interest. JALA, an international, peer-reviewed journal, with an almost
two-decade long trajectory, is placing its FIRST call for papers related to Afro-Hispanism. Prof. Dorothy Odartey-Wellington (University of Guelph) and Prof. Dosinda Alvite (Denison University) will coordinate this first volume within JALA dedicated to this area of research.

We use this timely opportunity to present writers and artists that expand our understanding of the specificity and the challenges of being an Afro-Hispanic subject. This special issue therefore focuses on distinctive Afro-Hispanic creative expression in a diverse range of cultural texts. Furthermore, it privileges critical approaches that are anchored in African and African-diaspora experiences and struggles in relation to various aspects of identity.

In light of the above objective, we invite papers that
a) adopt African and African descendant-centered approaches, and reflect a decolonial thinking. We seek to expand current approaches to Afro-Hispanic texts beyond Westerncentric/Eurocentric hegemonic theoretical perspectives.
b) illustrate the diversity of the corpus of Afro-Hispanic texts that have been produced. In addition to papers on literary texts –poetry, fiction, short stories and theatrical performances– and film, we also encourage studies on orature —rap and slam poetry–– and other forms of popular culture.
c) reflect the dynamic boundaries of Afro-Hispanism and the triangular relationships between Africa, Europe and the Americas.

We strongly encourage papers that push the boundaries of current criticism to develop novel and imaginative approaches to Afro-Hispanic Studies.

Editorial Details

Nov. 15, 2022: Submission of abstract (300-500 words) with bibliography (approx. 10 titles) and working title, and a brief biography.

Nov. 30, 2022: Feedback on proposals.

June 15, 2023: Submission of first draft (7,000-8,000, excluding abstract of 250 words and bibliography) of accepted proposals for peer review.

All papers should be submitted in Word and formatted (layout, citations and list of works cited) according to MLA Style (8th Edition).

Papers may be submitted in either English or Spanish.

The publication date of the special issue is expected in 2024.

Proposals and questions related to this Special Issue should be addressed to both co-editors, Dorothy Odartey-Wellington ( and Dosinda Alvite (, using the subject heading “JALA Special Issue”