Noir(e): Race and Belonging in the Afro-French World

Series Editor: Robin Mitchell, University at Buffalo

Noir(e): Race and Belonging in the Afro-French World

Noir(e): Race and Belonging in the Afro-French World centers Black people and Blackness in the Afro-French World broadly defined, reflecting on the circulation, across oceans and hemispheres, of ideas with roots in living Indigenous cultures. The series speaks to the concerns of modernity in hyperconnected, multicultural metropoles. As such, the kind of interdisciplinary projects to which we are deeply committed will engage French historical topics, the interplay between France and the rest of the world, and across distinct historical periods. 

The series will move the discipline beyond looking at Black peoples in places, such as France and the French Caribbean, as mere past representations by others, instead examining these peoples’ direct agency in crafting historical narratives, fomenting historical change, and reshaping thought. The series is intended to further develop and consolidate this distinct field of inquiry on the lives of enslaved, in-between, and postcolonial Black peoples in the Afro-French World from the seventeenth century to the present.

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 Alisa Plant, director of the Press and in-house series editor: