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Announcing: ICI Biennial Symposium, September 24-26, 2015

ICI invites participants to a symposium dedicated to the exploration of the African Diaspora as a social, historical, political, and discursive problematic.  ICI will take place at Vanderbilt University, and will examine a range of issues under the general theme “The African Diaspora in the World.” Please join us in welcoming our two plenary speakers, Dr. Cheryl Wall (Rutgers) and Dr. Nahum Chandler (UC-Irvine) as well as our conference participants. Please see the ICI program for conference details. 

Announcing:  Issues in Critical Investigation 2015 Manuscript Competition 

The 2015 Manuscript is now completed. Unfortunately, we were not able to name a winner. Please see the Manuscript Competition How To Submit a Manuscript and Timeline  for important dates on upcoming competitions and additional details.

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Issues in Critical Investigation
Hortense Spillers, Executive Director
Phone: 615-322-3421
Fax: 615-343-8028 

Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI) is an initiative that seeks to stimulate new scholarship in the fields of African Diasporic studies. Designed to broaden perspectives in the relevant fields and to fill a vacuum that exists for young scholars between the time that they complete work for the Ph.D. and when they are reviewed for tenure, ICI is a cooperative venture that aims to sharpen the critical and competitive edge of its participants. ICI will offer two prizes biennially in the Humanities and the Social Sciences for the best book manuscript or manuscript of linked essays on any specific aspect of the study of the African Diaspora.

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2015 Events

Important Dates:

December 31, 2013 - February 15, 2014: Open call for applications to the 2015 ICI Book Competition

April 1, 2014: Candidates notified if they are invited to submit a full manuscript

April 1, 2014- May 1, 2014: Manuscript submissions. The full manuscript is due. All submissions must be exclusive to ICI.

May 2, 2014 - May 2, 2015: Round 1, manuscript evaluations

May 2, 2015 - August 31, 2015: Round 2, manuscript evaluations

Fall 2015:  Prize winners will be announced.

September 24-26, 2015: ICI Biennial Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.