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Announcing:  Issues in Critical Investigation 2015 Manuscript Competition 

The 2015 Manuscript Competition opens on December 31, 2013.  Please see the Manuscript Competition How To Submit a Manuscript and Timeline  for important upcoming dates and additional competition details.

2011 Manuscript Competition 

We regret to announce that there was no winner selected for the 2011 Manuscript Competition award.  ICI now looks forward to an exciting and successful 2015 Manuscript Competiti on.  Please carefully review the ICI website for competition rules, procedures, and important deadlines.

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Issues in Critical Investigation
Hortense Spillers, Executive Director
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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 Manuscript Competition

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 - September 1, 2014: Round 1, manuscript evaluations

September 2, 2014 - March 1, 2015: Round 2, manuscript evaluations

Spring 2015:  Prize winners will be announced.

Fall 2015: Fall Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee. Program TBA.