CFP: Race, Gender, and Leadership Conference

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Call for Papers
May 30, 2017
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

The Fifth Biennial Interdisciplinary International Conference on Race

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Thursday, November 9 to Saturday, November 11, 2017

Exploring Race, Gender, and Leadership in History and Global Societies:

Goals, Strategies, and Reconciliation

The 2016 United States (U.S.) presidential election cycle has led to a broad debate concerning leadership. The concept of leadership and the roles of leaders are important to the development of any society. Those who lead are called upon to project moral authority not just formal authority. In modern times, there are political leaders who have promoted good governance, there are entrepreneurs who have grown their companies through ethical business practices, and there are global icons who have made significant contributions to peace and reconciliation such as Nelson Mandela.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the different categories of leadership, the strategies of leaders, and the roles and achievements of leaders in various areas of human civilization including (but not limited to) politics, religion, education, culture, law, military, and medicine while contemplating issues related to race and gender. We are particularly interested in papers related to women in leadership, “race leadership” in the African American tradition, race, ethnicity and reconciliation in African nations and papers that explore leadership in history and global societies more generally. We welcome individual papers or panel proposals that address these topics or other aspects of race, gender, and leadership from historical, anthropological, sociological, legal, cultural, and political, perspectives. Papers related to the topic of race more generally are also welcome. This conference is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope and we invite scholars from various disciplines as well as those with expertise in interdisciplinary fields of knowledge such as gender studies and race studies.  The conference webpage will be updated periodically and can be found at:

Proposal Guidelines: Send a 150-word abstract and title for each paper, one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and contact information for each presenter by May 30, 2017 to Hettie V. Williams and Julius Adekunle at:

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Race and Reconciliation
  • Race, Gender, and Leadership
  • Race and Gender in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
  • Gender in African Politics
  • Race Leadership in African American History
  • Race, Gender, Religion and Leadership
  • Gender and Leadership in Business
  • Women in Science and Medicine
  • Women and Leadership in African Politics and Governance
  • Education and Leadership

The Monmouth University race conference was founded in 2008 by Dr. Julius Adekunle and Hettie V. Williams. This conference has brought together scholars from more than fifteen U.S. states, four continents, and twelve nations. Robin D.G. Kelley, Tera Hunter, and David Roediger have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. Dr. Jonathan Holloway will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 conference. Dr. Jennifer Scanlon and Dr. Elizabeth Higginbotham among several other distinguished guests will also speak at the conference. 

Contact Info: 

Hettie V. Williams

Monmouth University

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