Panel Forum for #AAIHS2018 Conference

The committee for the 2018 AAIHS annual conference recently released the CFP for submissions related to the theme, Black Thought Matters. 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). Be sure to include your email address so that others can easily reach you to follow-up. 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 third annual conference. We look forward to reading your proposals!

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Comments on “Panel Forum for #AAIHS2018 Conference

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    I would be happy to participate on a panel either as presenter or commentator.

    I could present a paper EITHER on part of my research on Crispus Attucks in American memory, the subject of my just-published book, which addresses not only issues pertaining to memory and commemoration of Attucks, but also how Attucks’s treatment over the past 250 years addresses the bigger issues of how Americans decide who is a citizen, a patriot, a hero–who belongs in the nation’s narrative and who doesn’t.

    OR I could present on my new research subject, early 20th century African American journalist, minister, lecturer, and humorist Charles Stewart, who wrote (usually under pseudonyms) and traveled prolifically, reporting on both national events and on the hundreds of black communities he visited. My paper on Stewart would address the importance of the black press as a vehicle for a wide range of intellectual activity, drawing on selected aspects of Stewart’s commentaries.

    As commentator, I think I would be most useful on panels related to themes identified in the above paper descriptions–memory, commemorations, narrative, public history, the black press, inclusion, etc.

    Thanks for your consideration.

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      Mitch, I already submitted an individual paper proposal entitled “Progressive Era Affirmative Action: The ‘Colored Bishop’ Campaign in the Methodist Episcopal Church.” The central figure in the paper was the editor of the Southwestern Christian Advocate, so I can see forming a panel on the black press if we can find another participant.

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        Paul, I think this could work, if you haven’t made other plans yet. I received an email from another scholar interested in doing a paper on the early 20th c Afro-Canadian press. Let’s discuss through email:

        Anyone on the list who might be interested in this panel as presenter, chair, or commentator is welcome to email me as well.

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    . I seek collaborators for panel proposals I am organizing for both the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) conference March 30-31, 2018 at Brandeis University, and the 2019 Organization of American Historians (OAH) conference, to be held April 4-6, 2019 in Philadelphia. The theme of the AAIHS third annual conference is “Black Thought Matters,” and this panel proposal will focus on the ways in which African American women engaged with print culture to, in the words of the conference CFP “confront efforts to curtail and contain the scope of Black critical analysis.” My paper will analyze the Progressive Era (roughly 1884-1925) contributions of African American women to the AME Church Review, the quarterly publication of the African Methodist Episcopal church. Other papers might consider, for example, the contributions of Black women to other 19th or early 20th century periodicals; or to the contributions of women’s groups affiliated with the Colored Conventions; or to the intellectual contributions of Black women educators and reformers to Progressive-Era social movements via print culture. The 2019 OAH conference theme is “The Work of Freedom” and, in the words of the conference CFP, the conference “aims to capture the labor(s) involved in identifying and securing freedom, from the colonial era and founding of the Republic through the recent election of Donald J. Trump President of the United States.” Once again, my paper will analyze the Progressive Era contributions of African American women to the AME Church Review. Interested collaborators should send the following, via email attachment (.docx) to Dr. Cynthia Patterson, at by Sunday, October 29, 2017: 1) 250 word paper abstract; 2) 1-2 page abridged CV; 3) 500-word biography; 4) AV needs; 5) Institutional affiliation and rank; 6) Contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number).

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    I would be interested in co-organizing a panel on “Black-Jewish Relations: Construct and History” Depending on the level of interest, it could either be a big tent panel, or a very specific question/theme. er766 at georgetown dot edu Anyone can feel free to be in contact with me. All the best.

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    Hello All,

    I am a PhD student in the Department of History at Rutgers University researching African American women’s collaboration with white feminists and funding organizations in anti-rape activism in the 1970s and 1980s. I am seeking participants for a panel at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Association for African American Intellectual History, to be held March 30-31, 2018 at Brandeis University. I plan to present on African American women who participated in the movement against child sex abuse, specifically the educational tactics developed by black women to breach the topic of sexual abuse in the black community while avoiding carceral discourses.

    The panel can draw upon any of the following themes: black women and feminism, black childhood, violent crime and the carceral state, sexuality and moral panics. I would also be happy to join a pre-existing panel that draws upon these themes.

    Please forward any inquiries to no later than November 1, 2017.

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