Black Diasporic Literatures

Series Editor: Donavan L. Ramon, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Black Diasporic Literatures, a new book series from LSU Press, features innovative works of scholarship on the literatures and experiences of peoples descended from the African continent—including Africans, African Americans, Caribbeans, Central and South Americans, and more. Due to enslavement and colonization, African-descended peoples have been dispersed throughout the world, often chronicling their experiences of displacement in works of great aesthetic innovation and sociopolitical expression. The series is open to proposals for monographs and edited collections, from both emerging and established scholars, that examine the plurality of Black Diasporic experiences by analyzing their literatures, histories, and cultures.

Given the broad nature of the Black Diaspora, the series welcomes book projects that are equally broad in scope. We seek projects that are interdisciplinary and encourage submissions from authors with a wide range of racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Black literatures and cultures of the Global South
  • Black Diasporic pedagogy
  • challenging boundaries—of race, class, sexuality, and geographies
  • mixed-race studies/Creolization
  • Black cultures in the U.S. Southwest and along the Gulf Coast 
  • Afro-Indigenous interplay in the Global South
  • Black drama/theater across the Diaspora
  • Afrofuturism in art and culture
  • Black world cinema
  • Black Lives Matter across the Diaspora
  • long-term effects of slavery, Jim Crow, colonization
  • shared experiences/differences in Black cultures across the Diaspora

Book proposals should include a cover letter, working title, table of contents, sample chapters, information about competitive titles, and a résumé or CV. Also provide an approximate total word count, including notes and bibliography, and information about proposed illustrations (if any).

Please send proposals to series editor Donavan L. Ramon at, and acquisitions editor James Long at