Project Director: Layli Maparyan, Ph.D.
This work revolves around helping to build and define the field of womanist studies.
Maparyan’s current projects revolve around helping to build and define the field of womanist studies. In addition to continuing to publish on womanism, she mentors emerging womanist scholars and consults on a variety of projects using an “applied womanism” framework.
Maparyan (as Layli Phillips) edited The Womanist Reader (Routledge, 2006), which documents the first quarter-century of womanist scholarship from an interdisciplinary perspective and is the first volume to treat womanism “on its own.” Her second book, The Womanist Idea (Routledge, 2012), a monograph, is a comprehensive treatment of womanist worldview and spiritual activist methodology. Her third book, Womanism Rising (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), is a collection of new essays and artwork by emerging womanist scholars and visual artists.
Writing as a womanist, she has contributed to numerous other volumes, including Bonomi & Rennison's Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper (Cognella, 2019), Bynum & Alridge's The Black Intellectual Tradition in the United States in the Twentieth Century (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), Lemons' Building Womanist Coalitions: Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love (University of Illinois Press, 2019), Evans, Domingue, & Mitchell's Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019), Harris's Ecowomanism, Religion, and Ecology (Orbis, 2016), Byron & Lovelace's Womanist Biblical Interpretation: Expanding the Discourse (SBL Press, 2016), Orr & Braithwaite's Locating Women's Studies: Theorizing Critical Concepts for a 21st Century Field (Routledge, 2012), Vaz & Lemons' Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads: Intersectional Women's Studies for Transracial Alliance (Routledge, 2011), Battle & Barnes's Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies (Rutgers University Press, 2010), and Harper's Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health and Society (Lantern Press, 2010), among others.