May 12, 2017

Call for Proposals for African Heritage Studies Conference

Founded 1969
Annual Conference
November 2-4, 2017
Long Beach, California
Submission Deadline
JULY 15TH 2017
"Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee.  Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them.  First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou."
- Akhenaton, 14th century BC
Leadership in Africa and the African diaspora emerged from those who stood firm in their conviction of what was right and just.  They exemplified their convictions by the way they lived and illustrated their love for the people through their actions.  They never depended upon a single leader but  nurtured a multitude of leaders, including those who had honor bestowed upon them by the world as well as the countless brothers, sisters and youth who made decisions to forge ahead in the face of adversity.  Our historical legacy from ancient Kemet; the unparalleled kingdoms of Mali, Songhai and Kush; through the atrocities of enslavement; up through the Civil Rights movement to navigating the present is spread across many geographical locations and varying demographics. The powerful voices and actions of Toussaint L'Overture, Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner led to emancipation; revolutionary leaders such as Queen Nzinga, Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela waged war against colonialism; W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington and Mary McLeod Bethune encouraged and inspired education; and from the roots of  Marcus Garvey's Black nationalism leaders like Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height and Kwame Toure fought for political participation and autonomy.  The Black Lives Matter Movement, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors are among those who are currently calling for revolution and total liberation.   The question now is, what can we expect from our present and how can we ensure a Renaissance in our future.

We encourage the submission of proposals that focus on some aspects of the following topics:
  • Perspectives on Leadership and Leaders
  • Variegated Types of Leaders and Leadership Styles in Global Africa
  • Types of Leadership Necessary for the Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Legacies of Leadership: From Antiquity to the Present
  • Prominent Public Leaders: Grassroots movements; Politics; and Social Welfare
  • Leadership in (Dis)abling Environments:  Facing the Challenges
  • Leadership: Responsibility or Choice?
  • Leadership and Activism: Are they one and the same?
  • Leaders and Leadership in Pan-African Movements and Pan-African Organizations
  • Leaders and Leadership in Liberation, Democratization, and Contemporary Struggles in Africa and the African Diaspora
  •  Black Women's Leadership in the "Imperialism of Patriarchy"
  • Global African Leader-Queens and Their Legacies
  • Denouncing Leaders and Leadership: Justified or Not?
  • Technological Leadership:  Global Africa's Rise
  • Reparations and Repatriation: Unraveling the Pan Africa Leadership Position
  • African Heritage: A Foundation for Nurturing Leadership
  • Black Leadership in White Institutions: An Interrogation
Although this is a call for papers and proposals for panels, also accepted are workshops, films, and other creative works.  Please send 150-400 word abstracts inclusive of title, organizer, participants and their abstracts.  Be sure to include your name, address, institution or organizations, email and phone number.
Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Ife Williams,
AHSA Program Chair: or call 215-208-3972
Deadline: July 15, 2017

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