Africans, African Americans, Academia, and Activism

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
April 5, 2018 to April 7, 2018
Location: 
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Childhood and Education, Social History / Studies

Call for Papers:

Africans, African Americans, Academia, and Activism

The Gloria Richardson Humanities Initiative

Bowie State University

Bowie, MD 20715

April 5-7, 2018

 

April 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will also mark the 50th anniversary of protests by Bowie State College students on campus and at the State House in Annapolis that resulted in Governor Spiro T. Agnew closing the campus for two weeks, and the construction of the Martin Luther King Communication Arts Center and several other buildings to improve conditions on campus. 

 

The Gloria Richardson Humanities Initiative at Bowie State University, therefore, invites individual paper and panel proposals for presentations at its second conference. Presentations may address any aspect of African, African American, or African Diaspora involvement in activism and/or protest on college or university campuses, or for demands for access to education at any level at any time anywhere in Africa, the United States, and/or the African Diaspora.

 

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, and author of The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972, and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

 

The Richardson Humanities Initiative is named for Gloria Richardson Dandridge for her contribution to the racial desegregation of Maryland through her leadership of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee in Cambridge, Maryland during the Civil Rights Movement. She was honored by the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as one of six “Negro Women Fighters for Freedom.”

 

The mission of the Richardson Humanities Initiative is to facilitate, promote, and disseminate research in the humanities and related disciplines that is comparative, interdisciplinary, transnational, and innovative in scope and methods in the fields of African, African American, and African Diaspora Studies. The Richardson Humanities Initiative provides a forum for interdisciplinary dialogues that highlight the necessary link between the humanities as diverse modes of intellectual inquiry and humanity as experienced in both momentous and quotidian moments. Scholars and students affiliated with the Richardson Humanities Initiative engage the following questions: What does it mean to be human? How have people sharing an African heritage in different places and at different times experienced their lives and times? How have they expressed their humanity through the media of arts and letters, as well as through lived human experience? How can this humanistic heritage further enrich African American communities and inspire other peoples around the world?

 

The Richardson Humanities Initiative is the only program dedicated to the promotion of scholarship in the interdisciplinary humanities at Historically Black Institutions (HBI) in the United States, and the only initiative in the State of Maryland dedicated to scholarly research in the humanities in general with a primary focus on the experiences of Africans and peoples of African descent. The Richardson Humanities Initiative fulfills its mission through hosting conferences that address issues and topics of timely interest to scholars in and of the humanities, and supporting collaborative interdisciplinary research and discussion groups composed of faculty and students from Maryland’s four HBIs. The Richardson Humanities Initiative is a model of engaged interdisciplinary and internationally-minded scholar-activism that recognizes: necessary links between critical reflection upon issues of poverty and oppression in all their forms; profound commitment to developing practical solutions to eliminate poverty and oppression; and social action to implement proposed solutions.

 

The Richardson Humanities Initiative seeks to reach out to and benefit scholars and students of the humanities with particular interests in the experiences of Africans, African Americans, and communities of African descent in the Americas and elsewhere. It will improve the quality of humanities teaching and learning at Maryland’s HBIs by bringing together established and journeyman scholars to share their research in the humanities to the campuses, as well as provide opportunities for humanities faculty on the four campuses to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries in order to develop projects that will further their research and integrate the content of that research into existing courses and the development of new courses in the humanities.

 

Please submit individual paper proposals (c.300 words), panel proposals (c. 500 words) and a brief CV (2pp. maximum) for each presenter by Saturday, February 17, 2018 to:

 

Dr. Nicholas Creary, Director

Gloria Richardson Humanities Initiative

Bowie State University

Humanities@bowiestate.edu

Contact Info: 

Dr. Nicholas Creary, Director

Gloria Richardson Humanities Initiative

Bowie State University

Humanities@bowiestate.edu