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 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:

  • Crime
  • Sexuality
  • Gender non-conformity
  • Media representation
  • Stereotypes
  • Black resistance
  • Historiography


National Council for Black Studies  
 2017 Terry Kershaw Student Essay Contest
Deadline: 1/04/17

Dear NCBS Students,

Every year NCBS hosts a nationwide student essay contest. Graduate and undergraduate students from all over participate in this event. The winners are recognized and honored at the annual Student Luncheon, which is held during the conference.  If you or others are interested in submitting an essay for the Student Essay Contest, please do so by Monday, January 4, 2017.

Award Amounts


1st Place –   $350.00

 2nd Place – $250.00

  3rd Place – $125.00


1st Place –   $450.00

 2nd Place – $350.00

 3rd Place –  $225.00

Winners notified by February 6, 2017


  1. Essays should focus on any aspects of the Africana experience, i.e. art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social issues, and policy issues.
  2. Contact information on Cover page ONLY! The essay must be typed in MicroSoft Word format, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one inch margins-left to right and -top to bottom.
  3. Students are asked to document sources by with either MLA or the APA style guide.
  4. Submissions must be mailed to the address below.  Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted.
  5. Cover sheet must include: your name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, name of faculty advisor, name of the college you attend, and your class status (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student).

 Deadline: January 4, 2017


Send all essays to:

National Office, NCBS
Department of African & African-American Studies
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210370
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

Street/Overnight Address

University of Cincinnati – French Hall West
2815 Commons Way, room 3514
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

National Council for Black Studies
41st Annual Conference
Houston, TX 77056
March 8 – 12, 2017
Hilton Houston Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056
Georgene Bess Montgomery,
NCBS President
Essay Contest Committee Chair
National Council for Black Studies

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