#AAIHS2016: New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (Day Two)


Today is the second day of our conference, “New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition,” at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The papers and panels featured at this two-day event represents some of the newest and most innovative work in the field of global black intellectual history. The presentations foreground individual and group contributions to black intellectual history and also offer new approaches to excavating the ideas and philosophies of these black activists and intellectuals across the African Diaspora. Below you will find a rundown of today’s schedule. For those in attendance, we strongly encourage you to live tweet the event using the hashtag #AAIHS2016. We invite all of our readers to join the conversation and follow along via Twitter and/or Facebook.

**8:00-9:45AM—Session 1 (Concurrent Panels)
Secularism and Black Intellectual Life

Location: University Room

Chair: Qiana Whitted, University of South Carolina

  • Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • “The New Negro Renaissance and African American Secularism”
  • David Weinfeld, The University of Toronto
    • “Alain Locke’s Secularism: Between Universal Religion and Cultural Pluralism”
  • Carla Kaplan, Northeastern University
    • “Secular Religions: Harlem’s Competing Passions”

Commentator: Qiana Whitted, University of South Carolina

African Americans and Print Culture in the Civil War Era

Location: Incubator Room

Chair: Houston Roberson, Sewanee: The University of the South

  • Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University
    • “Reading Clotelle Behind Enemy Lines”
  • Julia Bernier, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • “’Published and Sold for the Benefit of his Relations Still in Slavery:’ Abolitionist Print Culture and the Financing of Compensated Manumission”
  • Jonathan Daniel Wells, University of Michigan
    • “African American Periodicals in Civil War Era New Orleans”

Commentator: Houston Roberson, Sewanee: The University of the South

Insurgent Knowledge Production & the Black Radical Tradition

Location: Seminar Room

Chair: Ashley Farmer, Duke University

  • Orisanmi Burton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • “Taller Than The Wall: The Green Haven Think Tank’s Radical Prison Praxis”
  • Allison Guess, The Graduate Center, CUNY
    • “The Urgent-Insurgent Character of the Black Radical Tradition”
  • Alisha J. Hines, Duke University
    • To “Make Her Own Bargains with Boats”: Black Women, Steamboats, and Rival Geographies of the Western River World
  • Jose Romero, Duke University
    • “Refusing Solidarity: Black-Brown Pre-Occupations from Mexico to the United States”

9:45-10AM: Break

**10-11:45AM— Session 2 (Concurrent Panels)

Global Garveyism: From the Margins to the Center

Location: University Room

Chair: Claude Clegg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Robert Trent Vinson, The College of William and Mary
    • “African “Americans” in South Africa, African American “Zulus” in America and the Global Circuits of Garveyism”
  • Adam Ewing, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • “Popular Pan-Africanism: Rumor, Prophecy, and the Routes of African Garveyism”
  • Keisha N. Blain, University of Iowa
    • “‘For the Redemption of Africa’: Black Women and the Practices of Garveyism in Chicago, 1932-1940”

Comment: The Audience

Roundtable–African American Theology: The State of the Field

Location: Incubator Room

Chair: Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


  • Kameron Carter, Duke University
  • Corey D. B. Walker, Winston-Salem State University
  • Lilian Calles Barger, Independent Scholar
African American Education: Theory and Praxis

Location: Seminar Room

Chair: Sonya Ramsey, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Christina Thomas, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • “‘What Shall I Teach My Children Who Are Black?’: An Intellectual Biography of Geraldine Louise Wilson, 1931-1988”
  • Elizabeth Baddour, University of Memphis
    • “Contextualizing Courage: Juanita Williamson and the Linguistic Turn in Composition”
  • Andrew Rosa, Western Kentucky University
    • Educating for Freedom: St. Clair Drake and the Culture of Rebellion and Reform at Hampton Institute”
  • Paul Harris, Minnesota State University Moorhead
    • “The Freedmen’s Aid Society and the Development of Black Leadership”

Lunch Break–11:45-1PM

**1:00-2:45– Session 3 (Concurrent Panels)
#Blktwitterstorians and the Work of African American Intellectual History

Location: University Room

Chair: Stephen G. Hall, Alcorn State University


  • Aleia Brown, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Joshua Crutchfield, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Robert Greene II, University of South Carolina
Space and Intellectual Movement Work in Black Nationalism

Location: Incubator Room

Chair: Russell Rickford, Cornell University

  • Nishani Frazier, Miami University
    • “Cooking With Black Nationalism or You Are What You Eat: UNIA and Women’s World Recipes”
  • Edward Onaci, Ursinus College
    • “Free the Land: The Republic of New Afrika, Nationalist Thought, and Land- based Political Struggle During the Black Power Era”
  • Joshua Clark Davis, University of Baltimore
    • “Liberation through Literacy: African American Bookstores as Black Nationalist Movement Spaces in the 1960s and ‘70s”

Commentator: Russell Rickford, Cornell University

Alternative Perspectives on Black Religion and Identity

Location: Seminar Room

Chair: Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Williams College

  • Alexandra Hartmann, Paderborn University
    • “Overlooked and Underrated: African American Humanism”
  • Andre Key, Bennett College
    • “Yosef ben Jochannan: The Forgotten Father of Afro-Judaic Studies”
  • Sarah Balakrishnan, Harvard University
    • “Afrocentrism, Afropolitanism, and the New Politics of Pan-African Identity”

Comment: The Audience

**3:00-4:45– Session 4 (Concurrent Panels)
Howard University and the Roots of an Interdisciplinary African-American Intellectual History

Location: University Room

Chair: Barbara Savage, University of Pennsylvania

  • Laura E. Helton, Pennsylvania State University
    • “Dreaming of the National Negro Museum: Kelly Miller, Dorothy Porter, and the Gendered Space of Race History”
  • Celeste Day Moore, Hamilton College
    • “Translating the Negro Spiritual: Louis T. Achille, Howard University, and the Archives of Black Internationalism”
  • Rebecca VanDiver, Vanderbilt University
    • Art Matters: Howard University and the Birth of African-American Art History

Commentator: Barbara Savage, University of Pennsylvania

New Perspectives on Afro-Diasporic Thought and Praxis

Location: Incubator Room

Chair: Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Sam Houston State University

  • Tshombe Miles, Baruch College, CUNY
    • “Abidas do Nascimento and the Afro-Diasporic Intellectual Tradition: Combatting Racism”
  • Sydney-Paige Patterson, Independent Scholar
    • “Illuminating the Unseen: Widening the Boundaries of Blackness to Encompass the Indian Ocean”
  • Vanessa K. Valdés, The City College of New York-CUNY
    • “Afro-Latinx Chronicles: The Writings of Arthur Schomburg”

Comment: The Audience

Black Politics and the Long Civil Rights Movement

Location: Seminar Room

Chair: William Sturkey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Alec Hickmott, Amherst College
    • “A Black Southern Strategy: Land, Racial Equity, and Development in the Shadows of the Sunbelt, 1969-1980”
  • Evan Faulkenbury, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • “After the Act: The Meaning of the Ballot for Southern African Americans after 1965”
  • Robert Bland, University of Maryland
    • “Forgetting Forty Acres and a Mule: Black Land Loss, Reparations, and the Memory of Reconstruction in the Post-Civil Rights Era”
  • Hettie Williams, Monmouth University
    • “Marion Thompson Wright and New Perspectives on Black Intellectuals in the Civil Rights Movement”
**5:00pm-6:45pm– Session 5 (Concurrent Panels)
Black Women and Internationalism during the Twentieth Century

Location: University Room

Chair: Keisha N. Blain, University of Iowa

  • Zakiya Adair, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
    • “C’est Si Bon: Black Women, Performance and Black Internationalism in the 20th Century”
  • Tiffany N. Florvil, University of New Mexico
    • “May Ayim’s ‘Connected Differences’ and International Activism”
  • Julia Erin Wood, Texas A&M University
    • “‘What that Meant to Me’: SNCC Women, the 1964 Guinea Trip, and Black Internationalism”
  • Anne Donlon, Emory University
    • “Thyra Edwards’ Scrapbook: A Black Feminist History of the Spanish Civil War”
The Black Press as Agents of Black Thought

Location: Incubator Room

Chair: Ronald Williams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Jane Rhodes, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • “The Black Press as Radical Public Sphere: The Competing Visions of Du Bois, Randolph and Garvey”
  • Kim Gallon, Purdue University
    • “The African in the African American Mind: Text Mining Ideas about Africa in the Black Press”
  • Zita Nunes, University of Maryland at College Park
    • “Portugal’s Black Press Responds to the Third Pan-African Congress”
  • Fred Carroll, Elizabeth City State University
    • “Constructing a Progressive Public: Black Journalists, International Reportage, and State Authority in the Mid-Twentieth Century”
Race, Performance, and Cultural Production in the African Diaspora

Location: Seminar Room

Chair: Rebecka Fisher, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Jay Garcia, New York University
    • “Alain Locke and the “American Temperament”
  • Felix Germain, University of Pittsburgh
    • “The Political Dimensions of Créolité in the Caribbean”
  • A. Lavelle Porter, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)
    • “The Artist Denied: The Creative Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois”

Comment: The Audience

Closing Social: 8PM

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