November 11, 2016
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Final Call for Panel Proposal: Moscow Conference of Africanists

Dear Colleagues,

On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled "Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions." The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.

The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference's umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)' full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.

The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the present Announcement.

Kind regards,

Centre for Information and International Relations
Institute for African Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences

tel. (+7 495) 690 2752
fax. (+7 495) 697 1954

CONFERENCE UPDATES! "Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic Word" 

We are also pleased to release further information on our Workshop Day on June 14th, 2016. Registration for workshops will open in early 2017, fees are included with conference registration. Don't forget to submit a proposal by Dec 15, 2016! For more information, please see: 

Please see the conference website for more information:

"Transforming Public History from Charleston to the Atlantic World" will be hosted by the Race and Social Justice Initiative, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, and the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, June 14-17, 2017 

Extended Deadline for Proposals: December 15, 2016

Conference planners are seeking proposals for workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, and individual papers from public history professionals, scholars, educators, librarians, archivists, and artists that address issues surrounding the interpretation, preservation, memorialization, commemoration, and public application of major themes in local, regional, and Atlantic World history. Based on the United Nation's declaration of 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, and the conference location in Charleston, South Carolina, on the second anniversary of the tragic shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church, the conference will particularly highlight speakers and topics relevant to transforming practices of interpreting the history of slavery and its race and class legacies in Charleston and historically interconnected local, regional, and international sites.

Featured Speakers include: 
  • Keynote Lecture: Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum for African American History and Culture
  • Mr. Michael Allen, National Park Service 
  • Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo, Howard University
  • Dr. Richard Benjamin, International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
  • Ms. Alissandra Cummins, Barbados Museum & Historical Society
  • Dr. Rex Ellis, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Ms. Makiba Foster, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Dr. Bayo Holsey, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Ned Kaufman, Kaufman Heritage Conservation
  • Mr. Caryl Phillips, Author and Playwright
  • Ms. Fath Davis Ruffins, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
For more information about how to submit a proposal, please see:

For questions or concerns contact Dr. Mary Battle at

Call for Papers - Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Sixth Biennial Network Conference, University of Tampere, Finland, 6 - 8 July 2017


The scientific committee of the 6th Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe network conference has now accepted over 30 sessions that explore the multidisciplinary nature of the scholarship and create dialogue between academics, activists and artists from around the world. Titles and descriptions of the accepted sessions and instructions for submissions can be found on the  conference website Proposals that do not directly deal with the topics of the accepted sessions can be submitted under the category "Other" on the electronic form.

African European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterized by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas, and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference, organized by the University of Tampere and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its several disciplinary locations. The general theme of the Afroeuropeans 2017 conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. The confirmed keynote speakers are:
  • Professor Paul Gilroy, American and English Literature, King's College London
  • Professor Elisa Joy White, African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis and Vice President, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
  • Dr. Henry Mainsah, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • LL.M Domenica Ghidei Biidu, Member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • Jani Toivola, Member of the Finnish Parliament
For more information on the conference programme and the cultural programme organized together with our collaborators, please visit the  conference website

For inquiries please contact: 

On behalf of the local organizing committee and the international Afroeuropeans - Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network, 
Anna Rastas
Dr. Soc.Sc., Docent of Social Anthropology, Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Chair of the local organizing committee, University of Tampere

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