12th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
James Madison Unversity
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12th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted virtually by James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA


Feb 16-19, 2022

Deadline Extended: November 1, 2021


The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies program at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held virtually as a webinar series from Wednesday, February 16 to Saturday, February 19, 2022. This year’s theme is “Voices of Race, Modes of Advocacy.” Ranging across topics from scientific practice to social policy to cultural movements, the conference will bring together a group of scholars and archivists from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by scholar, activist, and social critic Dorothy Roberts (Fatal Invention, Killing the Black Body, Shattered Bonds).


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, but are not limited to, topics such as these:


The Persistence of Racial Ideologies

Narrative, Context, and Advocacy

Technologies of Embodiment

Law and Medicine

Social Determinants of Health

Climate Justice

Race and Environment

Black Geographies

Navigating and Transforming Predominantly White Institutions

Black Digital Humanities

Activist Performances

Postcolonial and Decolonial Knowledges

Queer Knowledges

Speculative Fiction


Black Lives Matter

Aesthetic Realism and Anti-Realisms

Political Post-Realism



Black Periodicals and Publishing Histories

Feminist Advocacy


Resource Networks and Infrastructure

Black Humanisms, Anti-Humanisms, and Post-Humanisms

Indigenous Sciences and Technologies


Please send any questions and/or 300-word presentation proposals (or 1000-word panel proposals) to aaadstudies@jmu.edu by November, 2021. 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. Further information and updates about the conference may be found at sites.lib.jmu.edu/aaadjmu.