Extended CFP: Race Conference

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

Extended Call for Papers

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. This discussion has for obvious reasons broadened into conversations about race, gender, and leadership as the nation’s first African American president has been replaced by a man Donald J. Trump who deployed nativist tendencies in his quest for office while also having been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. The concept of leadership and roles of leaders are important to the development of any society. Leaders, in any category, are often looked upon for vision and mission. Those who lead are also 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, labor leaders who have fought against corporate power, 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 examine 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. Conversations about leadership in history and global societies invariably always lead us to contemplate 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. 

Please contact Hettie V. Williams, Lecturer in African American History, Department of History and Anthropology, at hwilliam@monmouth.edu for more details. The conference webpage will be updated periodically and 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 July 15, 2017 to Hettie V. Williams and Julius Adekunle at: muraceconference@monmouth.edu

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
  • Corporate Responsibility and Business Leadership

The Monmouth University Conference on race was founded by Dr. Julius Adekunle and Dr. Hettie V. Williams and it is a biennial interdisciplinary and international conference that has taken place since 2008. This conference has brought together scholars on race across multiple disciplines from more than fifteen U.S. states, four continents, and twelve nations. Alan H. Goodman, Robin D.G. Kelley, Tera Hunter, and David Roediger have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. Jonathan Scott Holloway and Jennifer Scanlon among several other distinguished speakers will present at the 2017 conference. 

Contact Info: 

Dr. Hettie V. Williams

Monmouth University

Department of History


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