2016 AAIHS Conference



New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) will host its first annual conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on March 10-11, 2016. Through a series of papers, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, films, and talks, this two-day conference will explore the vital contributions that black artists, writers, activists, and thinkers have made to U.S. and global intellectual history. Focusing on theorizing black intellectual history, forging community connections, and integrating the digital humanities into historical research, the conference will explore the individual and group contributions of black intellectuals and black institutions to national and global politics, racial ideologies, social justice movements, popular culture, and more.


Keynote Speaker: Mark Anthony Neal
Marc Anthony Neal
Marc Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University where he was the 2010 Winner of the Robert B. Cox Teaching Award. The author of several books including the recently published Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (NYU Press, 2013) and Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (Routledge, 2013), Neal is also the co-editor of the highly acclaimed That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (Routledge, 2011), now in its second edition. Neal is the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black, which is produced in conjunction with the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies at Duke University. You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan


Call for Proposals

AAIHS welcomes proposals from scholars at all career stages (from graduate students to senior faculty), as well as independent scholars. We welcome submissions for scholarly papers (20-minute presentations), organized panels of three or four papers, poster sessions, lecture-demonstrations, film/video screenings, or workshops. Proposals should be submitted via email (aaihs10@gmail.com) as a Microsoft Word attachment no later than November 15, 2015. The conference organizers will notify participants of acceptances by December 30, 2015.

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and an abridged C.V. (1-2 pages). Panel proposals should include a 250-word abstract and abridged C.V. for each presenter in addition to a 250-word panel description. All submissions should include the name(s) of presenter(s), institutional affiliation, title of presentation, format of presentation (paper, panel, poster, workshop, etc.), e-mail address, phone number, and A/V equipment requirements.

All participants must be registered for the conference by February 1, 2016 ($20 for AAIHS members; $60 for non-members). Late registration (after February 1, 2016): $40 for AAIHS members; $120 for non-members. On-site registration: $55 for AAIHS members; $135 for non-members.

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For all further inquiries, please contact aaihs10@gmail.com or visit our website for more information: www.aaihs.org

2016 AAIHS Conference Planning Committee

Download a PDF version of the CFP here.