Reflecting Black 400 Hundred Years of African American Life and History Research Symposium

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Call for Papers
October 24, 2019
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies

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        

Black Language/Dialect                                      

African and African American Art

Entertainment (Music, Film, Dance)                  

Civil Rights Movement

Black and Brown Coalitions                                            




The African Diaspora                                          

Black Greek Fraternities and Sororities



Black Masculinity                                                

Black Feminism                                     

Queer Black Studies                                            

Race and Politics

Black Religion                                                     

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. 




Contact Info: 

University of Houston Downtown

One Main St.

Houston, TX 770002

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