General Information


Theme: Black Internationalism–Then and Now

African American Intellectual History Society’s Fourth Annual Conference

March 22-23, 2019

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

International exchange has been and remains central to Black intellectual production. Thinkers, artists, activists and cultural workers throughout the African diaspora have made crucial contributions to global intellectual, social and political movements through travel, correspondence, financial exchange and exile. As the increasing amount of scholarship on Black internationalism suggests, there remains much to uncover about the nature and impact of this global mobility. For example, how have Black actors engaged with the conditions that facilitate and curtail movement and exchange? How might the broad range of sites for internationalist work shed new light on Black thought and political engagement? How have the methods and stakes of Black internationalism changed over time?

2019 Conference Planning Committee:

  • Annette Joseph-Gabriel (University of Michigan), chair
  • Félix Germain (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Quito Swan (Howard University)
  • Kira Thurman (University of Michigan)
  • Sasha Turner (Quinnipiac University)

Keynote Speaker: Ula Yvette Taylor

Ula Yvette Taylor is Professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Department Chair of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of the award-winning book The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). The book was awarded the 2018 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the 2018 Letitia Woods Brown Prize from the Association for Black Women Historians (ABWH). She is also the author of The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey (University of North Carolina Press, 2002). She is also co-author of Panther: A Pictorial History of the Black Panther Party and The Story Behind the Film and co-editor of Black California Dreamin: The Crisis of California African American Communities. Her articles on African American Women’s History and feminist theory have appeared in the Journal of African American HistoryJournal of Women’s History, Feminist Studies, SOULS, and other academic journals and edited volumes. In 2013, she received the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award for the University of California, Berkeley. Only 5% of the academic senate faculty receive this honor and she is the second African American woman in the history of the University to receive this award. Taylor is most proud, however, of her brilliant graduate students who currently hold post-doctoral fellowships at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Southern California; along with former students who are now assistant and associate professors at Spelman College, Rutgers University, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin, Middlebury College, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Georgia State, University of Iowa, Penn State, Roanoke College, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wayne State, University of Pennsylvania, and Michigan State.

Hotel Accommodations

AAIHS has reserved rooms at two local hotels for a discounted rate for all conference attendees from March 21 to March 24, 2019. Please see additional details below and book your room/s as early as possible to guarantee the discounted rate. Discount rates will expire in February 2019.

Weber’s Inn

3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

  • Standard King: $98 per night*
  • Standard Double: $98 per night*

Please book directly on the hotel website using the group code “AAIHS032019.” Reservations must be made before February 19, 2019.

*Includes complimentary WiFi only.

Ann Arbor Regent

2455 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

  • Double Queen: $115 per night*
  • Standard King: $115 per night*

Please book directly on the hotel website using the group code “AAIHS2019.” Reservations must be made before February 21, 2019.

*Includes complimentary WiFi and hot breakfast.

Conference Travel Grants

We are pleased to announce that we will provide several grants of $250 to graduate students; contingent faculty; and independent scholars to defray travel costs to attend the annual conference. The grant is open to AAIHS members whose papers have been accepted for the conference. To apply, please send a 1-page letter of application detailing how your paper fits into your larger research project and that project’s significance for Black intellectual history to Dr. Annette Joseph-Gabriel, the conference committee chair: The application deadline is November 30, 2018.

Du Bois-Wells Paper Prize

The AAIHS Conference Planning Committee invites submissions for the 2019 Graduate Student Conference Paper Prize named after W.E.B Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. This is the fourth annual prize that recognizes the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the annual AAIHS conference. The committee will judge the written paper on which the presentation is based (normally 10-12 pages in length; double-spaced; size 12 font; one inch margins). Graduate students must first be accepted to present at the conference in order to be eligible for this award. In addition to a monetary prize of $150, the winner will receive a plaque and their conference registration fee will be waived. All academic fields of history will be considered, and essays must be submitted with full citations (Chicago style footnotes preferred). The application deadline is January 15, 2019. Click here for more details.

Previous Conference Programs

AAIHS 2018 (Waltham, Massachusetts)

AAIHS 2017 (Nashville, Tennessee)

AAIHS 2016 (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)