The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)’s Fifth Annual Conference
The Black Radical Tradition
March 6-7, 2020
University of Texas at Austin
In his groundbreaking work Black Marxism, Cedric Robinson located the origins of the Black Radical Tradition primarily in the works of three writers and thinkers: W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, and Richard Wright. He noted that the radical thought of all three Black intellectuals emerged in conversation with, and eventually departed from, orthodox Marxism in favor of collective struggle that prioritized Black history and culture and the entanglements of race and capitalist exploitation. Since the publication of Black Marxism in 1983, scholars have expanded on Robinson’s formulation by excavating diverse Black Radical Traditions; by exploring how gender, sexuality, nationality, and ideological debates contributed to Black radicalism; and by locating the tradition among a wider swath of people beyond intellectual and literary elites.
Building on both Robinson’s work and that of contemporary scholars, this conference welcomes interdisciplinary panels that consider the Black Radical Tradition from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to, gender, sexuality, religion, secularism, politics, class, popular culture, art, and literature. We also welcome proposals from scholars of Black radical thought outside of the United States, as well as those working on digital humanities and community activism.
Conference Program (Click Here)
Conference Planning Committee:
- Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Chair
- Ashley Farmer, University of Texas at Austin
- Charisse Burden-Stelly, Carleton College
- Phillip Luke Sinitiere, College of Biblical Studies
- Tiana Wilson, University of Texas at Austin
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also the editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018.
Her third book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, is forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press.
Taylor is a widely sought public speaker and writer. In 2016, she was named one that one hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians for 2018-2019, and the Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor at Princeton University for 2018-2021.
Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Paris Review, Guardian, The Nation, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, and beyond. Taylor received her PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Northwestern University, Princeton University, and Lannan Foundation, among others. She is assistant professor in the department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Robin D.G. Kelley is one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies and a celebrated professor who has lectured at some of America’s highest learning institutions. He is currently Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Kelley recently completed the definitive biography of jazz pianist/composer Thelonious Monk titled, Thelonious Monk: His Story, History Song, His Times and is best known for his books on African American culture: Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class, Yo’ Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. He is currently working on another book, Speaking in Tongues: Jazz and Modern Africa.
1617 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78702
DEADLINE EXTENDED: **Book by January 29, 2020
Price: $169/night; available from March 5-8, 2020
Alternate Hotel #1
1701 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
**Book by January 31, 2020
Price: $219/night available from March 5-8, 2020
Alternate Hotel #2
12330 North, I-35, Austin, TX 78753
**Book by February 20, 2020
Price: $130/night; available from March 5-8, 2020
**Please note that conference attendees are responsible for their travel to and from the conference site (the UT Austin campus). The main conference hotel and the Hampton Inn and Suites are walking distance from the campus. Traveling from the Courtyard hotel will require the use of a taxi/uber/lyft.
Previous Conference Programs
AAIHS 2019 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
AAIHS 2018 (Waltham, Massachusetts)
AAIHS 2017(Nashville, Tennessee)
AAIHS 2016 (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)