Special Issue Wins Award

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) recognized the September 2012 issue of American Quarterly (Volume 64, Issue 3) as the co-winner of Best Special Issue in the 2013 CELJ Awards. The winners were announced at the 2014 Modern Language Association Annual Convention.

The issue, "Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime," was edited by Paula Chakravartty and Denise Ferreira da Silva. AQ shared the award with Radical History. The journal also won the award in 1997 and 2009.

Updated Author Guidelines

In December 2011, the journal announced new guidelines for authors wishing to submit papers. American Quarterly will now use Manuscript Central for all submissions. Emailed submissions will no longer be accepted. Please visit the Author Guidelines for full details.

Remembering Clyde Woods

In the 2009 special issue he guest edited, In the Wake of Katrina: New Paradigms and Social Visions, the extraordinary scholar Clyde Woods wrote about New Orleans: “Brilliance often flashes brightly, just as suddenly disappears, and then reappears decades later. To understand the region, the reader will have to explore the subterranean caverns that shelter the wellsprings of dreams during the seasons when hope can’t be found.”

Clyde WoodsOn July 6, 2011, Dr. Woods passed away, leaving behind a legacy of scholarship, inspiration, and hope. His brilliance, like New Orleans, flashes brightly; his work remains as a map of those “subterranean caverns,” lighting us back to the “wellsprings of dreams” where hope will continue to be nourished. 

Among many other things, he was also a member of the managing board, a scholar of the blues, and an academic both studying and organizing social and cultural justice, and forms of political resistance. His book, Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi, is a beacon and powerful treatise on Black music and the social, economic, and political contexts that both nurture and restrain cultural forms like the blues. Before he died, Clyde continued to work for social and cultural justice in the United States, Haiti, and elsewhere.  He will be missed. 

In the words of his colleagues and friends, Ruth Wilson Gilmore (City University of New York), Laura Pulido (University of Southern California), and Gaye Theresa Johnson (University of California Santa Barbara):

We are devastated to report the passing of Clyde Adrian Woods (January 17, 1957–July 6, 2011). The urgent questions he raised for scholarship on Black life are of a piece with how he conducted himself as a scholar of Black life. Trained in geography and urban planning, he taught in the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Clyde was theoretically innovative, empirically fearless, creatively interdisciplinary, and committed to the dignity and liberation of all oppressed peoples. Dr. Woods's "blues epistemology" is a guide to discovering not only counternarratives but also alternative development visions. His generosity, particularly with students, is legendary, as is the breadth of his projects. At the time of his death our beloved colleague was working on several manuscripts that a number of us will try to complete, both to honor his memory and to augment his substantial impact on American studies.

Read Clyde Woods’s “Katrina World: Blues, Bourbon, and the Return to the Source” as part of AQ Then and Now, one of our new features.