CFP–Call for Papers
Look Back and Wonder: Examining the Impact of Black Studies on Academia
3rd Annual Afro-American Studies Graduate Symposium University of Massachusetts Amherst
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017 Conference Date: April 7, 2017
With the formation of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1915, Carter G Woodson set the precedent for the tradition of the study and scholarship of Black life. Woodson ultimately created a space where the work and research of Black people could be shared on a global scale. Today, Black Studies has blossomed into a complex, interdisciplinary field of study and has a concrete position in academia. This conference seeks to explore the multifaceted scholarship of Black Studies as well as celebrate the influence of Black scholars on the humanities and social sciences. We are interested in work that is not only influenced by the work of Black scholarship, but also adds to the tradition of creating a space for Black life in the academy.
The Du Bois Department Graduate Organization (DDGO) welcomes submissions from graduate students for its third annual symposium. We invite scholars from all disciplines to submit individual papers and panels for presentation. Interested parties should email an abstract of 250-350 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a cover page with your name, discipline, institution, email address, phone number, and a 3-5 sentence biography/statement of research interests.
Questions for consideration include but are not limited to:
- How has Black Studies helped to reconfigure transnational histories, dialogue, and connections among people of African descent worldwide?
- What role has Black Studies played in the formation of the emerging field of carceral studies?
- How has Black Feminism informed new perspectives in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?
- How has Black Studies helped to create space for academic expression within and/or outside of a Eurocentric understanding of history?
- How has Black Studies impacted the historiographies of the major revolutions in the history of the Western hemisphere and Africa?
- How do the Black Arts Movement, New Negro Renaissance, and other cultural revolutions fall within the study of the Black diaspora?
- What is the impact of white perspectives on Black studies throughout the 20th century?
- How has Black Studies influenced futurism?
- How has Black Studies impacted higher education studies (student development theories, etc.) and social justice education (critical race theory, etc.)?
- How has Black Studies worked to challenge negative stereotypes of Black people?
The following themes, among others, will be relevant topics for presentations:
- Gender non-conformity
- Media representation
- Black resistance