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

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Daniel Beers / James Madison University
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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. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by novelist Nalo Hokinson (Midnight Robber; Brown Girl in the Ring), and a featured talk by the JMU Dean of Libraries, Dr. Bethany Nowviskie, who writes on liberatory and speculative digital library design.

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:

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.