Women in Africa and the Diaspora
The University of Wisconsin Press invites submissions of innovative book-length manuscripts to its book series on Women in Africa and the Diaspora, including women of African descent in the Americas. We invite manuscripts based on original research concerning women as political, economic, cultural, and religious actors. We especially welcome interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work that addresses questions and debates of broad theoretical, empirical, and methodological significance. Submissions that demonstrate the comparative implications of African and diasporic women’s experiences both across and beyond the continent are encouraged.
The Press is especially interested in topics such as women/gender and politics, religion, sexuality, law, human rights, health, the family, the environment, conflict resolution, race and ethnicity, women’s movements, feminism, and globalization. We are also soliciting manuscripts on women and authority, women as political and spiritual leaders, women’s knowledge and ways of knowing, and women healers. We are particularly interested in books on historic and contemporary transnational linkages between African American women and African women in the Diaspora more generally. Manuscripts on literature and popular culture, representation and identity construction, as well as autobiographies and biographies are also welcome.
Selection of manuscripts is based on the significance of the topic, quality of scholarship, clarity and style of presentation, and marketability.
Please send all inquiries to UW Press Editor-in-Chief Nathan MacBrien.
Equals in Learning and Piety
Muslim Women Scholars in Nigeria and North America
“Through a detailed history of Muslim women’s education in Hausaland and contemporary North America, Mack brings her deep knowledge of Hausa, poetry, and Islam to bear on how we understand Muslim women as educators, poets, and essential actors in their societies. This is an important book that will change how people think about Muslim women.”
Spirit Wives and Church Mothers
Women's Religious Participation in Central Mozambique
“This ethnography is alive, giving the reader a wonderful window into life as lived in Central Mozambique. Bringing together spirit mediumship and Pentecostalism, Christy Schuetze shows how women living under patriarchy gain access to material security and social well-being by calling on both religious communities and the spirit world.”
A Bold Profession
African Nurses in Rural Apartheid South Africa
“This timely monograph on the history of nursing vocation, tenaciously pursued by women apartheid South Africa's Ciskei area, is a captivating read. One marvels how A Bold Profession, adeptly elucidates transcending intricacies of nursing beyond mere conventional health practice, onto other facets of social history in this region.”
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Women, Dictatorships, and Genderwashing in Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea
Genocide Lives in Us
Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda
2015 Honorable Mention, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize; 2013 Winner, Elliott P. Skinner Book Award; 2013 Finalist, Melville J. Herskovits Award
African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960–2000
Fertility, Foreignness, and Regeneration in Eastern Sudan
Gossip, Markets, and Gender
How Dialogue Constructs Moral Value in Post-Socialist Kilimanjaro
2009 Winner, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize
Muslim Women and the Politics of Agency in Postcolonial Niger
2007 Runner-up, Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize
Tired of Weeping
Mother Love, Child Death, and Poverty in Guinea-Bissau