2019 Black History Theme: Black Migration
104th Annual Meeting and Conference
October 2 – 6, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton in North Charleston, SC

 

The 2019 ASALH Academic Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers, entire sessions, presentations, performances, films, round-tables, workshops, conversations, or alternative formats dealing with the 2019 theme, “Black Migrations.”

ASALH’s 2019 theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. Beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century, African American migration patterns included relocation from southern farms to southern cities; from the South to the Northeast, Midwest, and West; from the Caribbean to US cities as well as to migrant labor farms; and the emigration of noted African Americans to Africa and to European cities, such as Paris and London, after the end of World War I and World War II.  Such migrations resulted in a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu, such as the rise of the Garvey movement in New York, Detroit, and New Orleans; the emergence of both black industrial workers and black entrepreneurs; the growing number and variety of urban churches and new religions; new music forms like ragtime, blues, and jazz; white backlash as in the Red Summer of 1919; the blossoming of visual and literary arts, as in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Paris in the 1910s and 1920s. The theme Black Migrations equally lends itself to the exploration of the century’s later decades from spatial and social perspectives, with attention to “new” African Americans because of the burgeoning African and Caribbean population in the US; Northern African Americans’ return to the South; racial suburbanization; inner-city hyperghettoization; health and environment; civil rights and protest activism; electoral politics; mass incarceration; and dynamic cultural production.

The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We are interested in proposals that probe the theme within the traditional fields of economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual, and cultural history; the established fields of urban, race, ethnic, labor, and women’s/gender history as well as southern, Appalachian, and western history; and the rapidly expanding fields of sexuality, LBGT,  and queer history; environmental and public history; African American intellectual history; carceral state studies; and transnational and global studies across all fields, topics, and thematic emphases. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the ASALH program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the ASALH program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions.

We encourage proposals focusing on research, teaching, and public education that broadly addresses our theme and related aspects of the global Black experience as creatively as possible. Our theme is the opening of opportunities for scholars working across a variety of temporal, geographical, thematic, and topical areas in Black history, life and culture. We are interested in proposals that probe the theme and related topics within the fields of economic, political, diplomatic, intellectual, and cultural history; the fields of urban, rural, race, ethnic, labor, and women’s/gender history; the rapidly expanding fields of sexuality, LBGTQ, and queer history; environmental and public history; and cultural studies including literarure and the visual and performing arts.

Deadlines for submission of proposals are as follows:

Early Bird submission deadline for individual papers and organized panels is March 15, 2019. After this date, all individual and panel submissions will be accepted until the deadline of April 30th. All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system. For complete panels submitted by April 1st, day and time preferences can be requested and will be granted on the basis of first come, first served.

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for submission requirements for the various kinds of sessions.

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