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Advertising at the African American Intellectual History Society's
First Annual Conference

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) invites you to advertise at the upcoming New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition Conference to take place on March 10-11, 2016 at the University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill. Focusing on theorizing black intellectual history, forging community connections, and integrating the digital humanities into historical research, the conference will explore the individual and group contributions of black intellectuals and black institutions to national and global politics, racial ideologies, social justice movements, popular culture, and more. With paper, panel, and film submissions from a broad range of activists and academics, and a keynote address by African American studies professor and cultural critic Mark Anthony Neal, the conference promises to draw in a diverse array of burgeoning scholars and activists that push the field in new directions.
The conference is an extension of the conversations and community developed through the African American Intellectual History Society Blog ( ). The site features contributions from over twenty scholars across ranks and disciplines on hip hop, social activism, education, literature, history, religion, black internationalism, and current events. The blog reaches thousands of new and return visitors each week. It is also home to groundbreaking digital initiatives such as the #charlestonsyllabus.
AAIHS is offering the opportunity for schools, presses, and organizations to participate in the first annual conference through advertising and sponsorship. For a flat rate of $100 per full-page black and white program ad, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora will be featured in the conference program and listed as among the sponsors of the event. Advertising in the conference program offers a unique opportunity to connect your organization to new communities and publics as well as support an innovative organization dedicated to public engagement and broadening the scope of African American Intellectual History.
For questions, or to submit a conference advertisement, please contact the conference committee at
Ashley Farmer
Conference Committee Chair

African American Intellectual History Society
History Department, Garinger 110
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

CFP: Central Pennsylvania Consortium's Africana Studies Conference:

#Envisioning Black Digital Spaces

Keynote speaker: Alicia Garza, Social Activist & Co-Creator of the viral Twitter Hashtag And Movement, #BlackLivesMatter

April 8-9, 2016
Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

Call for Proposals: October 5, 2015
Deadline for proposal submissions: December 4, 2015

Digital networks have increasingly become primary sites for the transmission of news, history, intellectual and academic thoughts, as well as individual and communal sentiments. Contemporary activists, for instance, are using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and a number of other platforms not only as a mechanism to publicize activism, but as activism. Through these actions and expressions, people connected through membership in digital forums are engaged in an alternative mode of community building that transcends face to face encounters and engagements, all the while crossing and traversing multiple and varied communities of connected social actors. This conference therefore focuses on the ways in which people of African descent are currently claiming digital spaces to articulate their social, political, and intellectual subjectivities.

We invite scholars, artists, and activists to submit abstracts of no greater than 250 words for papers, digital projects and multi-media presentations that provide a range of interpretations of the ways in which social media, digital platforms/technologies, and the creative arts (digital music, sound projects or performance) are critical spaces that (re)envision the political lives and racial representations of Black people.. Please include the following details: title of paper or project, presenter's name and title, name of institution or office, email address, and telephone number. Deadline for submissions is December 4, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 31, 2015. Abstracts can be emailed to Lynn Johnson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Dickinson College, at

Presenters are invited to address any aspect of the following topics:
  • Digital forums and social networks as Black intellectual communities
  • Social Justice/Activism in the age of digital technologies
  • The political economy and social media
  • Arts and the visual archive/digital archive/digital technologies
  • The performativity of self-presentation in cyber-space
  • The digital Africana Studies classroom

Call for Contributors: Race in the World: A Comparative Exploration 

Deadline: 31 January 2016 

Editors: Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Trica Keaton, Vanderbilt University, USA; Elisa Joy White, the University of California, Davis, USA; Kathryn Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 

Race is a key form of social hierarchy around the world, one both explicitly expressed and implicitly obscured by proxies. This edited book will explore contemporary race from comparative and global perspectives at this critical juncture of heightened racisms made more visible and audible by varying technologies. Whether state-driven or in the everyday, this book seeks to draw light to race and its intersections, spanning a vast geo-political landscape. In so doing, we seek to develop a twofold argument. First, systems of racial hierarchy are specific to local contexts, so that to understand race it must be situated within a particular locality. Second, racial hierarchies also share important characteristics across societies. Thus, we can identify features that are common to systems of racial stratification while recognising situated specificities. 

We are particularly interested in papers that address the following topics: 
  • Race and Blackness 
  • Race and Gender 
  • Race and Indigeneity 
  • Race and Migration 
  • Race and Policing 
  • Race and Sexuality 
  • Race and Visual Culture 
  • Race and Whiteness 
We are seeking contributions from all parts of the globe: Africa; the Middle East; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Oceania. Please send chapter proposals of no greater than 500 words to Karen Farquharson ( by 31 January 2016. Completed chapters would need to be submitted for review by 30 June 2016. Thank you.


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