Joyce Hope Scott

Wheelock College Associate Professor of American Studies Joyce Hope ScottAssociate Professor of American Studies
Phone: 617-879-2403
Office: Activities East 225E

Educational Degrees

B.S., Northeastern University (with High Honors)
M.A. (English), Northeastern University
Ed.D., Boston University

Joyce Hope Scott teaches American Popular Culture, Race in America, Senior Seminar in American Studies, African-American, Caribbean Literature and History, African American Theatre, Media and Race and an international service learning/travel course to West Africa.

She has received two senior Fulbright Lecturing & Research Scholarships in American Studies, a Fulbright-Hayes Award, Wheelock's Gordon Marshall Fellowship and Cynthia Longfellow Excellence in Teaching Award, and an award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Hope Scott is a former scholar of the Oxford Round Table (England), and her long-term commitment to internationalization of the American educational experience as well as her general interest in the "multi-voiced narrative" of US history has led her to lecturing and research opportunities across the USA and in many countries around the world.

Selected Scholarly Presentations

  • November 5 - 7, 2015 co-organized and co-hosted, "Repairing the Past, Imagining the Future: Reparations and Beyond..." An International, Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Edinburgh, UK. , sponsored by The University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Wheelock College. Paper also Presented: "Retrieval, Atonement, Repair: Reparations and the Archeology of Loss in Afro-Atlantic Women's Literary Expression."
  • June 24, 2015: Conference of the Collegium on African American Research (CAAR), Hope University, Liverpool, UK, Presentation: "All-Black Towns in the U.S. as Cartographies of Black Nationalism"
  • April 18, 2015, New England Historical Association Conference, Worcester State University, Presentation: "The Emancipated Century": Remapping History, Reclaiming Memory in August Wilson's Dramatic Landscapes of the 20th Century"
  • November 13, 2014, Wheelock College Center for Scholarship Presentation, Paper:
  • "Polyphonicity of Law and Narrative in African American Writing"
  • Oct, 17, 2014, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, Conference of the Northeast American Studies Association (NEASA), Paper: "Contentious Discourses: Law, Citizenship and Personhood Narrative in then African American Novels"
  • September 12, 2014, University of Brighton United Kingdom, International Conference on Reparative Histories: Radical Narratives of Race and Resistance Paper: "Remapping Memory, Orality, and Cartographies of Spiritual Healing in Afro-Atlantic Women's Narratives"
  • January, 2014: Guest Presentation, National Television of the Republic of Bénin, on "Linkages of African Culture and Traditional Spirituality in the African Diaspora"
  • August 29, 2013, Humanities Scholar for, "The Emancipated Century," William Monroe Trotter Institute and McCormack Theatre/UMass/Boston, Project funded by the Massachusetts Council for the Humanities, Paper presented: "August Wilson's Play Joe Turner's Come and Gone" and " Citizenship and Jim Crow Today"
  • January 19, 2013, Conference on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Amilcar Cabral: Praia, Cape Verde, Paper: "Culture & Liberation: Cabral's and King's Nationalist Aesthetics"
  • January 3, 2013, Conference on Léopold Sedar Senghor and his Influence on the African Diaspora, Djilor, Senegal: Paper, "Naked Woman, Black Woman": Senghor & the Godmothers of Négritude"
  • June 2013 - Present: Consultant for the Civil Aviation Agency of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau (West Africa): Development & Supervision of English Language Institute
  • April 15, 2012, African Literature Association Conference, Dallas, Texas: Paper, "African Women Writers and the European Metropole: Human Rights, Transnationalisms, and Intersectionalities"
  • March 29, 2012, College Language Association Convention, Atlanta, Georgia: Paper, "Orphans, Slaves & Strays: History and "Reconstructive Memory" of the Wilderness in Toni Morrison's A Mercy"
  • March 28, 2012, International Literary Conference, Women at Point Zero, Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland: Paper, " Women's Voices of the African Sahel: Storytelling and Agency in SANOU Bernadette Dao's La Dernière Èpouse and Aïcha Fofona's Mariage on Copie"
  • March 16, 2012, Université de Nantes, France: Conference on, Writing Slavery after Beloved Literature, Historiography, Criticism: Paper, "Before Slavery was Black: A Post-Modernist (Re)Memory of Enslavement in Early America in Morrison's A Mercy"

Selected Publications

  •  Scott, Joyce Hope. "Contentious Discourses: Signifying on the Law in African American
  • Writing." Journalism & Mass Communication Vol.5 No. 4, (April 2015 ), pp. 181 - 193.
  •  ______________. "Using Theatre To Promote Women's Health In Burkina Faso." Unraveling Gender, Race & Diaspora. Obioma G. Nnaemeka and Jennifer Thorington Springer Eds. Africa World Press (In Press, Forthcoming).
  •  ____________"Emancipated Century": Remapping History, Reclaiming Memory in August Wilson's Dramatic Landscapes of the 20th Century." Sandra D. Shannon, Editor (MacFarland press, Forthcoming)
  • ______________. "Alden Bland & the Chicago Renaissance," in Writers of The Black Chicago Renaissance. Steven C. Tracy (Ed.) Chicago: Univ. of Ill. Press, 2011.
  •  _______________."Subversive Language and the Carnivalesque in Toni Morrison." The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison. Justine Tally, (Editor) 2007
  • Camel Tracks: Critical Perspectives on Literatures of the African Sahel, (Eds. Debra Boyd & Joyce Hope Scott), Africa World Press, 2002
  • Scott, Joyce Hope. "Official Language and Unofficial Reality...." in The Real Ebonics Debate, (Eda. Theresa Perry & Lisa Delpit) ,Beacon, 1998
  •  ______________."Commercial Deportation as Rite of Passage in Black Women's Novels," in Moving Beyond Boundaries. (Ed, Carole Boyce Davies ). N YU Press, 1998.

Research Projects and Interests

  • Manuscript in progress: Adé Ancestors and The Spiritual Geographies of Restitution and Atonement in the Novels of Toni Morrison
  • Manuscript in progress: Dialogics of Law & Narrative in African American Writing and Adé Ancestors and Spiritual Geographies of Restitution and Atonement in the Novels of Toni Morrison
  • Translation from French to English: Five Volumes on "West African Sacred Ancestral Science"
  • Research on African spirituality in African-American novels
  • Travel-study/service-learning and internship programs to West Africa

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