ASALH Panel: The Politics of Black Intimacy

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Call for Papers
October 5, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

The Politics of Black Intimate Relationships

This call for papers is for a proposed panel for the upcoming 101st meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Richmond, VA on October 5-9, 2016. (The panel has not yet been submitted to ASALH and we are currently collecting abstracts for the submission.) The interdisciplinary panel, entitled “The Politics of Black Intimate Relationships” will focus on the complexities, the meanings, the modes of expression, and the interpersonal politics of black intimacy. Issues of romance, family, abuse, and crime will be examined within the context of the efforts of African Americans to create and sustain meaningful relationships, to deal with the insecurity and volatility of passionate affairs, or find ways to struggle together.

Papers are welcome from any field with an interest in any form of black intimate relationships. Individual presentations will be 15-20 in length with a question and answer period at the end of the panel.

To apply as a panelist please submit a CV and a short (500 word or less) abstract of the paper you would like to present by MARCH 30 to ( Further details about the exact time and date of the panel will be determined after the panel is accepted by ASALH. However, the panel will certainly take place during the time of the conference between October 5-9.

To discuss your submission or if you have any queries, please contact the panel organizer and panelist, Dr. Douglas Flowe:

Contact Info: 

Douglas Flowe Ph.D., American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis


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