Panel Forum for #AAIHS2017 Conference


The committee for the 2017 AAIHS annual conference recently released the CFP for submissions related to the theme, Exploring the Boundaries of Black Intellectual History. As we explain in the CFP, we are happy to accept individual paper submissions but will give preference to those who submit full panels. In order to help facilitate this process, we want to use this post as a forum to bring scholars together who are interested in similar topics.

If you are interested in forming a panel, please add a comment below with your paper and/or panel idea(s). Also, if you are willing to chair or comment on potential panels you see listed here, please indicate that as well. For those who have already submitted individual papers, feel free to use this forum to form a panel and we can withdraw the individual paper submission. Thank you for your interest in the AAIHS and our second annual conference. We look forward to reading your proposals!

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Brandon Byrd

Brandon R. Byrd is an assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University and author of 'The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti.' Follow him on Twitter @bronaldbyrd.

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  • I’m interested in creating a panel that examines how Black activists and intellectuals in the nineteenth century viewed political issues in other parts of the African diaspora, such as the Haitian revolution.

    • Hi Leslie: I’m working on a paper about on this topic; I write about Anna Julia Cooper. I’d love to put together a panel.

    • I work on Cuba and would love to present a paper on the reverse– black Cuban intellectuals and activists considering the strategies of black North Americans. Perhaps this would fit well with this panel!

    • I can participate with my research on the 1970 Blavk Power Revolution in Trinidad and Tobago.

    • I just saw this and I am working on a paper that looks at Black intellectual networks in the 19th century on the transnational level, particularly looking at Radolphe Desdunes. Not sure if this would be a repetitive theme with Racquel Othoguy’s topic. Please let me know if you would still be interested. Kinda late, I know.

      • Hi Blanca! Let’s do it. Is anyone else interested in joining?

  • I’m interested in forming a panel on the writing (and researching) of African-American biography.

    • Scott, my research considers this as well. I’d love to put a panel together centering on this theme.

    • Having written biographies of Rayford Logan and Walter White, I would be interested in commenting on this panel.

    • My current book manuscript needs to be pushed more towards an exploration of many black women’s ideas of interracial cooperation in the 1920s-30s or a biography of Juliette Derricotte specifically. I think my discussion of the complexities of this decision would suit this panel well.

      • Hello. Do you already have enough participants for this panel? I have worked on and off on researching the biography of John Hope Franklin. I want to write about him as a significant contributor to African American intellectual history, one who worked to combine his personal ambition and professional advancement with a larger commitment to history as a cultural and academic tool that promoted healthy, honest national consciousness. If you think I can fit onto this panel, please let me know.

    • I am in the early stages of writing a biography, and would be interested in participating in this panel, if you have room.

      • Douglas, what is your email address?

    • Consider adding Valerie J. Boyd at UGA. She wrote Wrapped in Rainbows, the Zora Thurston bio and can discuss how different authors present different perspectives on the same subject.

      • Anyabwile Love and I are still seeking two more participants for this panel. If you are interested, please email me at

        Though biography is often dismissed by members of the historical profession as insufficiently scholarly and thesis-driven, it has long held an important place in intellectual history and African American history. This panel examines new ways of writing biography that build on the power of social science methodology without losing the insights gained through examining ideas within one life.

        Dr. Love creates new models of writing biographies for Black folk-musicians. He uses John Coltrane as his case study and the framework of the Congo cosmology as his methodology.

        I examine the formation of intellectual biographies of black women who have only a few extant letters and published essays. Juliette Derricotte was a national YWCA secretary, founder of the National Association for College Women, and an international traveler who developed an ecumenical, Social Gospel Christian faith. Her letters to families, friends and colleagues, though from a limited time in her life, reveal a woman grappling with difficult questions about interracial harmony in the Jim Crow south.

      • Is there anyone on this thread still looking to join a panel? We are looking for one more person, we already have three (including me). We are also interested in talking about biography as a historical method, and in terms of its pedagogical potential. If interested, please email me at

  • I will like to host a panel on Malcolm X and his impact on the Black Student Movement with emphasis on unknown groups such as the Vanguard a group who organized at Norfolk State College in the 1960s and 1970s. They dedicated the 1970 year book to Malcolm X called Uhuru.

    • You have an important topic, often only in the memory of those who were at a particular location at a particular time in local history, outside the well-known homes of Black student activity such as San Francisco State University, although worthy of praise. Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz) was a big influence in the ‘Black Student Movement’.

    • Interesting topic! I am writing a dissertation focused on the reflections of women who joined Kawaida-influenced organizations. One person I interviewed discussed her moment of activist conversion in the context of a campus event commemorating the death of Malcolm X when she was a student at Central State in Ohio. Malcolm X certainly influenced the thinking of many students of the era.

  • I’d love to put together a panel on Afropeans and ideas of citizenship, naotion and/or empire.

    • Great topic. Touch base with Tiffany Florvil and Kira Thurman. They might be interested in collaborating on a panel on this topic. Kennetta Hammond Perry would make a great commentator too. Good luck!

      • Thanks for the tip. I’ll do this!

  • I’m interested in forming a panel around questions of black spatial and environmental knowledges.

  • I’m interested in forming a panel on the rise (and decline) of the intellectual tradition of Black Pentecostals (particularly COGIC) during the 1970’s-80’s. Tinney, Lovett, and Clemmons are the top three thinkers that come to mind when exploring this topic.

  • Putting together a proposal, a panel on black history legacy in 21st Century development standards… Failed development models in Sub-Saharan Africa stemmed from lack of culturally competent growth rationale and models, leaving the millions on poverty… Besides showcasing various similarities, such panel considers demonstrating that anytime you miss the premise, chances are, the outcome will be devastating, as well in the state of the art of blacks and America as the status quo of financial exclusion affecting blacks… As palliatives new communication and outreach models are needed to address the issues here and there…

  • I’m interested in putting together a panel on private v. public in African American history. Specifically, my work focuses on black homes and issues of privacy in the nineteenth century. Open to hearing any and all ideas!

    • I am interested in this as well as I look at it though 19th century diaries and letters. Let me know if you are putting together a panel.

  • I would be interested in discussing the rise and fall of the Caribbean Radical Tradition. Specifically in the independence movement and in the post independence scene today. Leaders discussed would be CLR James, Eric Williams, Manley, Maurice Bishop, Walter Rodney etc

  • I would be interested in putting together about African-Americans in the 19th century West. I’m currently researching for a book about voters of the time & my work has led me to early African-American pioneers.

  • Would be very excited to present on a panel about black mothering as praxis historically and the ways in which experiences of black mothering are inherently activism.

    • Hi – I’d be interested in working with you on a panel. My work looks at the intersections of motherhood, survival, and activism in the twentieth century US south.

      • Me too! I research and publish on black mommy activism – let me know how I can help/be a part of it.

  • I’m interested in putting together a panel that explores how black intellectuals and abolitionists mounted various quantitative/scientific challenges to scientific racism during the antebellum period. My work deals with James McCune Smith and the census of 1840 in particular, but I’m very open to anything that might consider or interrogate both the potential and limits of quantification, science and medicine, abolitionism, etc.

  • I am strongly interested in putting together a roundtable about self-care, and the strategies we employ in order to navigate not only the Academy but also life in this moment in this hemisphere and on this planet when every day we are called upon to asset forcefully that Black Lives Matter. We are losing scholars prematurely, as we continue to confront battles some of us thought were long won, and so it is imperative to have a conversation about how we care for ourselves and each other in this environment.

    • Love the idea, self care is essential.

      • Thank you, Kevin!

    • Would love to do a panel on self-care! My research currently looks at Black women’s involvement with student organizations at small liberal arts colleges as self-care, particularly as it relates to consciousness raising and homepage theory. I’m grounding it in a historical analysis of mental health provisions for Black communities in the US, and complicating the notion that higher education is liberatory. I’m really trying to archive Black women’s strategies for wellness in higher education. Please let me know if you’re still interested in proposing a panel or looking for more ppl! 🙂

      • *homeplace (autocorrect love/hate lol)

  • I’m interested in putting together a panel looking at intellectual history at the intersection of philosophy and theology. Inasmuch as I am hoping to compile an interdisciplinary panel, I am open to suggestions.

    • I am working on a paper on the influence of Classical (Greco-Roman) philosophy on Du Bois, particularly his use of Cicero’s ideas and rhetoric in the Souls of Black Folk. I’d love to contribute to this panel.

      • My email is I think we can put together a panel with Benjamin Wetzel (see his proposal below).

  • I’m interested in a panel that thinks about the intellectual work of the African American comedian and the positioning of comedianes at the boundaries of black intellectual work in the twentieth century. Particularly, I’m interested in figures like Pryor and Chapelle, but also in Barack’s sets during the White House Correspondence Dinners and anyone you think is especially political, cultural, and highly intellectual in their comedy.

    • Hello Andrew,
      My name is Mariann J. VanDevere and I am a third year doctoral student in Vanderbilt’s English Department. I am possibly interested in being a part of your panel. At the moment I am working on a paper that looks at Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. Can you please provide me with more information about what you are looking for and what you would need from me?

  • I’ve been working recently on the history of discourse about reparations for slavery, both in terms of a broad 19th-20th century, and a more specific focus on the late 1960s. I’m also interested in the role of religion in reparations discourse. If anyone wants to do a panel on reparations and/or religion in African American intellectual history, let me know.

  • Greetings. I have competed a paper on the debates that AME members had with themselves about the righteousness of the Civil War and the desirability of fighting in it. I could see this paper fitting into a panel on American religion, politics, warfare, print culture/journalism, the nineteenth century, or other topics. Please contact me ( before 11/7 if you would like to help put together such a panel. Thank you.

    • My email is I think we can put together a panel with David Withun (see his proposal above under my comment).

  • I am looking to form a panel on black religion. I have a paper on James Cone and Reconstructing a Revolutionary Religion. Please contact if we have a match.

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