The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Humanities, and Languages, and Center for Critical Race Studies is hosting a Symposium commemorating 400 Years of African American Life and History. This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to the North American continent. Undoubtedly, the past four centuries of African American life have been replete with trauma, struggle, and resiliency. The Symposium will examine the centrality of race and racism throughout United States history and ongoing efforts to dismantle structural systems of oppression. We will also highlight the myriad achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States.
The Symposium aims to provide undergraduate students interested in Africana studies opportunities to engage and network with graduate students performing cutting-edge research in Africana studies. We also seek to provide graduate students at a wide range of colleges and universities opportunities to engage UHD faculty concerning transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies and creative methods that enrich educational experiences of students of color, especially transfer and first-generation college students.
2019 Call for Papers
The Symposium Committee welcomes undergraduate and graduate students at UHD and other institutions to submit paper proposals and abstracts on any of the following topics:
Slavery and Resistance
Citizenship and Armed Forces
Race and Racial Formation/Identity
African American Literature and Creativity
African and African American Art
Entertainment (Music, Film, Dance)
Civil Rights Movement
Black and Brown Coalitions
The African Diaspora
Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities
Queer Black Studies
Race and Politics
Race and Sports
Black Lives Matter
Including Other Related Topics
Any students registered for undergraduate or graduate courses in Fall 2019 are eligible. See the symposium url link below for more details.
University of Houston Downtown
One Main St.
Houston, TX 770002