Call for Papers

14th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference: “Reckoning”

CFP: 14th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference: “Reckoning”
A hybrid conference hosted by James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

February 7-10, 2024
Deadline: October 15, 2023

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held from Wednesday, February 7 to Saturday, February 10, 2024.  The conference brings together scholars, archivists, and practitioners from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. This year’s theme is “Reckoning,” a term that evokes the multitudinous ways responsibility and accountability may be linked to forms of measurement, methodology, and knowledge-constitution.

We invite proposals for both virtual and in-person presentations. We welcome proposals from scholars from all relevant disciplines at any point in their scholarly careers. Proposals for individual presentations or pre-constituted panels could address, but are not limited to, topics such as these:

  • Accountability
  • Standards and measures
  • Responsibility and mutuality
  • Justice and its systems
  • Truth and reconciliation
  • Transparency
  • Assessment in education and other professions
  • Reparations and restorative justice
  • Decolonization
  • Ecological reckoning
  • Racial reckoning
  • Consequences and repercussions
  • Narratives, testimonials, exposés, archives, and historiography
  • Equity
  • Dead reckoning and wayfinding
  • Education as reckoning
  • Crisis and its resolutions
  • Recursions
  • Vengeance and/as/or justice
  • Endings, aftermaths, and futurities
  • Takhar, Ngozi
  • Haints, soucouyants, duppies, and other hauntings
  • Black geographies
  • Digitizing reckoning
  • Reckoning the body
  • Healthcare systems
  • Intersectional reckonings

This year, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, we will be hosting a special stream of panels devoted to “Accountability in African Public Policy and Administration.” Further details may be found here. If you are interested in presenting your work as part of this special stream, please specify on your proposal.

Please send 300-word presentation proposals, or 1000-word panel proposals, to by October 15, 2023. Proposals should include a presentation and/or panel title, along with each presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief bio. Please specify whether your proposal is for an in-person or virtual presentation. Panel proposals must include at least three panelists. Further information and updates about the conference may be found at

International respondents traveling to the United States in need of Visa documentation are encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, ideally before October 1. International respondents will be notified on an ongoing basis. US respondents will be notified within a month after the deadline listed above.