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Call for Papers

10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference

10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference

James Madison University, Feb 20-21, 2020

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies program at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held on the campus of JMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia on February 20-21, 2020. This year’s theme is “Black Temporalities: Past, Present, and Future.” Ranging across topics from oral history to Afrofuturism, the conference will bring together a group of scholars from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. We welcome proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines at any point in their scholarly careers.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations or 60-minute panels could address topics such as these:

  • Afrofuturism
  • Archaeology
  • Black Digital Humanities
  • Commemorative Practices
  • Continuity
  • Environmental Justice
  • History
  • Humanisms
  • Memory
  • Modernism
  • Modernity
  • Myth
  • Oral Histories
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Knowledges
  • Posthumanisms
  • Queer Futurities
  • Reclamation
  • Reparations
  • Rupture
  • Science and Technology
  • Slow Violence
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Trauma
  • Witnessing

Please send any questions and/or 300-word presentation proposals (or 1000-word panel proposals) to aaadstudies@jmu.edu by October 15, 2019. Proposals should include a presentation and/or panel title, along with each presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief bio. Panel proposals must include at least three panelists.

Decisions will be made by Nov. 15, 2019. Updates regarding conference registration and accommodation details will be posted to www.aaadjmu.com/ and will be provided to presenters as the conference date draws near.