I Done Went and Got Published in a Scholary Journal
Monday, October 10, 2011
|Homer, ancient Greek poet & scholar|
Scholarly is the last word I would used to describe myself.
In fact, the adjective is on my list of words people overuse when describing themselves and others. (Other words include: epic. icon. amazing. etc.)
But, today, I am quite proud to announce that I’ve got a clip in a scholarly journal. Woot! Woot!
Wait. Are written pieces in journals even called “clips?” The word “clips” sounds too light and general – not serious enough.
I think the proper phrasing is: I’ve got an article published in a scholarly journal.
Ah, yes. That sounds much better.
Yes, yours truly has a piece in JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies.
Here’s how it all came to be.
The editorial staff over at JENdA reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in taking part in a special issue devoted to the ideas, concerns and reactions generated by the film, The Help. It would be a compilation of selected critical commentaries on the film by professors, scholars and educationalists. They asked to publish my coverage of the post-screening Q&A with the actors, author and director of The Help that I wrote here on the blog. (You can read the post here.)
I thought this was some kind of mistake. Me? On a list with folks who have letters behind their names and words like “honoré” preceding them?! Can’t be. But I said yes and waited for the inevitable I’m-sorry-but-there’s-been-a-mistake email to come.
Only, it never did. There was no mistake. I made the cut!
JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies [JENDA] is an award-winning peer-reviewed journal which focuses on social, political, economic, and cultural concepts and categories that shape the lives of women in different African societies. It examines the strategies women have utilized to grapple with global, regional and local economic constraints; and how they have negotiated global boundaries in the context of work, trade, immigration, identity formation as they sought a better life for their family. JENdA initiates and responds to debates on and about women in social, cultural, political, and economic systems. It creates a forum for African women scholars, analysts and activists to participate on an equal footing with their contemporaries worldwide in debates, exchanges of ideas, and the creation and documentation of knowledge.
I never did ask the editor how she stumbled upon my little ol’ blog and my piece on The Help. But if I had to guess, I would say that acriticalreviewofthehelp.wordpress.com had something to with it. It’s an entire website dedicated to the critical review and analysis of the book and film versions of The Help. And on August 28, the site name checked my post and used it to highlight Stockett’s seemingly uneducated responses to inquiries about the historical references she mentions in her book. (Check it out here.)
The special issue JENdA put together on The Help is pretty kick ass. It includes great commentary from a ton of really knowledgeable socially conscious people, riveting historical documents and a video of 93-year-old woman who discusses her experiences as a domestic worker in an interview with her grandson.
I’m honored to be a part of this project and humbled to be in the company of such intelligent people. Google Analytics stats be damned, I’m always shocked when people find my blog and actually read the posts I write. Who knew?
While I would love for you all to check out the issue, alas, it’s not free. But if you’re interested, feel free to peruse the contents here.
*Closes laptop to go do something scholarly*
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