Conference on the Harlem Renaissance 2012

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Paine College - School of Arts and Sciences
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November 7 – 9, 2012

Paine College ~ Augusta, GA

"The Harlem Community: Contemporary and Historical Enclave of Creativity"

The School of Arts and Sciences at Paine College is requesting proposals for the Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from November 7 - 9, 2012. The 2012 conference will explore the contemporary and historical significance of the Harlem community as one of inspiration and opportunity. Conference participants will examine the critical role of the Harlem community and its far-reaching impact nationally and globally.

Areas of examination include but are not limited to:

The Apollo Theater – Present and Past

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Harlem Restaurants – Sylvia's and Red Rooster

The Harlem Globetrotters

Democracy Prep Charter Middle School and Democracy Prep Harlem

Contemporary and Historical Harlem Jazz Culture

Patronage During the Harlem Renaissance

Opportunity and Crisis: Impact During the Harlem Renaissance

Intersections of Race, Class, and Culture – Views of Contemporary and Historic Harlem

Erotic and Exotic Renderings towards Misinterpretations of the Harlem Renaissance

Spirituality, Religion, and Faith During the Harlem Renaissance

The Cotton Club

Emergent Literary Voices – Contemporary and Historical

A'Lelia Walker's Tearoom Salon, "The Dark Tower"

The Negro Experimental Theater

Pan African Congress (1919 and 1920)

Charles S. Johnson, Sociologist

Marcus Garvey – American and Caribbean Influences

James Van Der Zee – Visual Chronicler of Harlem

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:

Professors, independent scholars, artists and designers
Graduate students
Undergraduate students

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested.

Indicate all participants, status (professor, independent scholar, artist, designer, and student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, September 7, 2012. Earlier submissions to ensure participation and capacity are encouraged.

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