The Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The University of Memphis invites graduate students at all levels to submit proposals for its 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, to be held October 31-November 2, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee. We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of African-American/African Diaspora histories and cultures. We encourage the participation of graduate students who represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.
Individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address; and a brief curriculum vitae. The organizers of complete sessions should send, in a single submission, abstracts and cvs for each of the paper presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Deborah Gray White, Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of Ar’n’t I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985 and 1999), the groundbreaking gendered analysis of the institution of slavery. Additionally, she is the author of Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1984-1994 (1999) and Let My People Go: African-Americans, 1804-1860 (1996). Professors from area institutions will serve as panel commentators and participate in a workshop on professional development and the job market.
The submission deadline for proposals is September 1, 2012. A committee of University of Memphis professors will consider all papers for the “Memphis State Eight Paper Prize” which is awarded to the conference’s best paper. The first place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place papers will also receive recognition.
Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 8, 2012, and completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than October 15, 2012.
Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH President Micki Kaleta: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For questions, you also may call Ms. Kaleta at (901) 678-3395 or contact GAAAH faculty advisors Dr. Arvin Smallwood at (901) 678-3869, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, email@example.com (901) 678-3450.
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