AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
37th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
October 13-16, 2016
Call for Papers
AAHGS is pleased to announce an invitation to submit lecture proposals for the 37th National AAHGS Conference to be held at
The Westin Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, October 13-16, 2016, hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chapter. The conference theme is:
The Ancestors on Our Minds: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER
The 37th National AAHGS conference will celebrate the unique place of AfricanAmerican family history within local and national episodes in the American history narrative.
Original Family and Community Historical Research
Research Methodology and Strategies
Best Research Practices in Family History
Efficient Use of Genealogy Websites and Software
Using Social Media for Genealogical Research
The Best Use of Records and Repositories
Effective Strategies for Researching, Writing, and Publishing Family Histories
Research, Identifying and Using Antebellum Plantation Records
Analysis of the Current State, Limitations, and Future of DNA and Genetic Genealogical Research
Researching Church Membership Records
Cohabitation Records/Lists, Marriage Certificates, Bonds and Licenses
Topics specifically related to African-American Genealogy and History (e.g. Miscegenation Records; Finding Your White Ancestors, Race-Mixing; Passing; Relations of Blacks and Indians; Slave Labor and Work Habits; Slave Markets and Sales; Researching Plantations Records
Impressment, Military, and Pension Records
African Americans During Enslavement, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement
African-American Labor, Migration, or Organizational History
Tracing and Mapping Family Histories Across the Color Line
Other topics relevant to the conference theme or the AAHGS Mission
We are looking for presenters who have solidly researched their topic areas and are able to inform a diverse audience, and are able to deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations. We encourage the submission of advanced-level sessions for experienced researchers as well as beginner and intermediate-level sessions.
Submission of Proposals
Proposals must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format only, to firstname.lastname@example.org ; hard copies will not be accepted. Proposals must contain complete information suitable for submission in the printed version of the conference syllabus.
Please submit the following information in its entirety:
Name(s) of Presenter, address, telephone and email address
City, State, Zip Code: ___________________________________________
Telephone: ____________________ (cellular) _______________________ (evening)
Will you allow audio or video recording of this session? ________________
Research skill level of audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Presenter’s biography, not to exceed fifty words
Recent headshot of presenter; photos should be sent as jpeg, tif, gif, or bmp.
A two to four page summary of the proposed session (required), to include resources and/or bibliography, for inclusion in the conference syllabus. One or two paragraph summaries will not be accepted.
Description of presentation, not to exceed fifty words, for inclusion in program brochure, website, press and news releases or other materials Summary of presenter’s recent speaking experience
Deadline and Expectations
The deadline for submission of conference proposals has been extended to February 29, 2016. Proposals must be submitted by email to email@example.com. Each person may submit no more than three proposals. Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged by email.All persons who submit proposals will be notified of the committee's decision by email promptly thereafter by March 31, 2016.
AAHGS will provide:
An honorarium of $100 for each lecture or workshop session; if a presentation or workshop is conducted by more than one person, the honorarium will be divided among the speakers.
Complimentary Basic Registration (without meals), with conference syllabus
An LCD projector with standard laptop and standard projector-to-laptop connection/support. However, presenters using tablets must secure their own cables/connectivity. AAHGS cannot guarantee LCD projector-to-tablet connectivity, and encourages presenters to use laptops exclusively.
Promotion of the presenter and their lecture in internal and external conference materials, subject to consideration of the Conference Proceedings in the AAHGS Journal.
Conference speakers will:
Present for one hour, including time for questions and answers
Provide high quality electronic presentations that are clear and readable
Provide their own laptop computers
Provide helpful and educational handout material at their own expense, if desired
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org