May 10, 2016
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The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) Is Pleased to Announce the Following New Awards and Prizes

Maria Stewart Journal Article Prize

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2017 Maria Stewart Prize for the best journal article in black intellectual history.  Named after abolitionist and women's right's activist-intellectual Maria Stewart, the prize will recognize the best journal article concerning black intellectual history (broadly conceived) published between January 2015 and December 2016 by members and non-members of the AAIHS. The winner will receive $300, an award certificate, and a featured spot on the AAIHS blog. The prize is open to scholars at all stages of their academic careers. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference.

All application materials should be received by December 15, 2016. Please send a PDF of the article and a nomination letter (briefly summarizing the article's main argument and contributions to the field) to the prize committee chair: Dr. Keisha N. Blain (

C.L.R. James Research Fellowship

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2017 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students and untenured college and university faculty and others who are within six years of the Ph.D. Two fellowships of $1000 will be awarded annually to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required.

All application materials should be received by January 15, 2017. Please send the following documents in a single PDF document: short c.v. (no more than 3 pages), 3-5 page project proposal, budget, and arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent to the fellowship committee chair: Dr. Ashley D. Farmer (

Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2017. Funds must be used by December 30, 2017. Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report to the conference chair. Graduate student applicants must have passed their qualifying exams.

AAIHS Conference Travel Grants

The African American Intellectual History Society is pleased to announce that we will provide 4 grants of $250 to graduate students and contingent faculty to defray travel costs to the annual conference. The award is open to AAIHS members whose papers have been accepted for the conference. Once you receive notification that your paper has been accepted, please send a 1 page letter of application detailing how your paper fits into your larger research project and that project's significance for African American intellectual history to: Dr. Christopher Cameron (

The application deadline for the 2017 conference travel grant is January 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2017.

Du Bois-Wells Graduate Student Paper Prize

The 2017 AAIHS Conference Planning Committee invites submissions for the 2017 Graduate Student Conference PaperPrize named after W.E.B Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. This is the second annual prize that recognizes the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the annual AAIHS conference. The committee will judge the written paper on which the presentation is based (normally 10-12 pages in length; size 12 font; one inch margins). Graduate students must first be accepted to present at the conference in order to be eligible for this award. In addition to a monetary prize of $150, the winner will receive a plaque, a one-year complimentary membership in AAIHS, and a featured spot on AAIHS' blog. The honorable mention will receive $50. All academic fields of history will be considered, and essays must be submitted with full citations (Chicago style footnotes preferred).

The deadline for the 2017 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize is January 15, 2017.

To apply for the prize, submit a cover letter listing your name, email, institutional affiliation, and phone number along with the name of your graduate adviser. Please also indicate your graduate student year and verify that your paper was accepted by the conference planning committee. In addition to the cover letter, send a copy of the paper to as an email attachment in Microsoft Word.

For questions about the 2017 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize, please contact the Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Brandon Byrd at

5º Congreso Nacional de União UNEGRO- Unión de Los Negros Por Igualdade

BRASIL, 16 de abril de 2016.
Invitamos para participar de la apertura del 5º Congreso Nacional de União UNEGRO- Unión de Los Negros Por Igualdade, em la ciudad de São Luís, Maranhão, em los dias 10 a 12 del junio. Tenga en cuenta que la comida y el alojamiento será responsabilidad de la Dirección Nacional de UNEGRO.
Alexandre Braga
Diretor Nacional de Comunicación

Vacancy Announcement - African-American History

The Africana Studies Department at Wellesley College invites applications for a tenure-eligible position specializing in African-American intellectual and social history from 1500 to the present to begin in fall 2017. Rank open; Ph.D preferred (ABD considered.) The successful candidate will be a historian, grounded in Africana-centered methodology, such as Oral History, theory and culturally relevant approaches to exploring and teaching history. The ability to link African-American history to the Black Atlantic is an advantage. Full time teaching load of two courses per semester. Candidates should be able to teach both introductory and advanced courses that cover Slavery and Slave Trade Histories, Black Liberation Movements and Pan-Africanism. Candidates should have a proven and/or potential capability for an active, multidisciplinary and innovative research agenda for a strong publication record and research trajectory and for superior performance in undergraduate teaching.

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, a description of research and teaching interests, and three letters of reference. Applications should be submitted by October 20th, 2016.

Columbia University
IRAAS Summer Institute: "The Many Worlds of Black New York" 

The Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). Convening for one week between Monday 11 and Friday July 16, this year's STSI is themed "The Many Worlds of Black New York" and will focus on the history, cultures, and institutions of African-descended peoples in New York City. We encourage you to apply! Applications must be submitted by June 3, 2016 
This Summer Institute offers what few others are able: 
  • The opportunity to study African-American art, photography, history, culture, politics, and life through the lens of New York, and in New York
  • Attend seminars facilitated by today's leading scholars in African-American Studies
  • Visit and tour historical landmarks and institutions around the city
  • Receive instruction in the latest research methods and,
  • Enjoy afternoon and evening cultural excursions throughout New York City
This year's lecturers will include Samuel K. Roberts (STSI Director), Cheryl Hicks, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brian Purnell, and Christina Greer. STSI seminars will explore various themes including:
  • The Struggle for Civil Rights in Brooklyn
  • The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century
  • Race, Policing, Gender and Criminal Justice 
  • Black Immigration since 1965
  • Health/Medical Rights
In addition to serving as a space for collaborative thinking and skills training, STSI will offer a unique opportunity to explore the tremendous richness and vast scope of African-American Studies. 
The fee for the STSI is $1,800 and a limited number of partial fellowships are available. 
Please go to for more information or contact us at

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