DEADLINE EXTENDED! 23rd Annual Craft Critique Culture Graduate Conference: Black Legacies

deadline for submissions: 
February 16, 2024
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Craft Critique Culture Conference
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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Abstract submissions are now due by February 16th, 2024.

Conference Dates: April 4th - 6th, 2024

Where: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

On April 4th – 6th 2024, English graduate students are hosting the 23rd annual Craft Critique Culture interdisciplinary graduate conference on the University of Iowa campus. This year’s conference addresses themes of “Black Legacies.” For this conference, “Black Legacies” is, first, a recognition and continued contribution to the history of Black Studies programs in colleges and universities, which emerged in the 1960s and 70s. “Black Legacies” is also a way to honor and celebrate the power of institutional firsts—the first Black student(s), Black professor(s), and Black impact. In Invisible Hawkeyes: African Americans at the University of Iowa During the Long Civil Rights Era, Drs. Lena and Michael Hill claim that the presence of African American students on the University of Iowa’s campus “challenged stereotypes that dismissed the university as flat, naïve, and bereft of aesthetic urbanity.” Similarly, we believe the presence of Black Studies and the presence of Black people in the academy not only raises academic consciousness but also brings social, political, and cultural reckoning to colleges and universities across the nation.

We invite graduate scholars who contribute to the field of Black Studies to submit paper proposals that address topics including but not limited to:

  • Histories of Black Resistance

  • Black Archival Studies

  • Pedagogy

  • Political and Social Movements

  • Education and Policy

  • Black Language and Linguistics

  • Black Art, Performance, and Literature

  • Black Research in STEM

  • Creative Work

Submission Guidelines: Abstracts are now due February 16th, 2024. All submissions must be sent to in PDF format. Submissions can be up to 300 words and must include your name, university affiliation, academic discipline, and university email address. Please indicate in your proposal if your participation is contingent on virtual attendance. In addition to individual abstracts, we also accept full panel proposals. All accepted paper proposals should prepare for presentations that do not exceed 15 minutes.

Just Announced - Plenary and Keynote Speakers
This year's conference will include a plenary address by Dr. Ashley Howard of University of Iowa's History and African American Studies Departments and a keynote address by Dr. Lena Hill, provost at Washington and Lee University!

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