The broadcast of the miniseries adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots, which aired in January of 1977, became a ratings bonanza, a cultural touchstone, and a defining moment in the representation of African Americans in popular media. 40 years later, the impact of Alex Haley’s novel and the ABC miniseries continues to be felt, most notably in the recent History Channel “reboot” of the miniseries, but also in less obvious but more profound ways.
Now in its ninth year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference invites panel and paper proposals on any aspect of Southern literature. The conference will be held 10-11 February 2017. Topics may include but are not limited to:
Call for Manuscripts
Examining the life of Prince Rogers Nelson: Known to the World as, Simply, Prince.
Special Issue: Journal of African American Studies
Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies is seeking papers with the following themes: The African University, Women and Africa, and Islam and Africa. Please read each CFP below for more information. Abstracts should be submitted to email@example.com by June 1st, 2016.
Ufahamu Call for Papers: “The African University.” (Due June 1st, 2016)
The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from 16 May 2016 to 23 May 2016. These job postings are included here based on the categories selected by the list editors for H-Announce. See the H-Net Job Guide website at http://www.h-net.org/jobs/ for more information. To contact the Job Guide, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1-517-432-5134 between 9 am and 5 pm US Eastern time.
"Photography of African Slavery in Qajar Iran, May 2016"
Interview of Dr. Louise Siddons, Associate Professor of Art History (Dept. of Art, Oklahoma State University) with Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies (School of International Studies/School of Media& Strategic Communications, Oklahoma State University).
In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time.
ABC-Clio announces a new project in the history of race, ethnicity, and politics in North America. Race and Ethnicity in the United States: From Pre-Contact to the Present, is a four-volume work with about 700 entries and over 1,000,000 words to be published in 2018. The editor is Russell M. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of History at Bacone College.
Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Queens College has undertaken a three-year project led by faculty and students to advance understanding and formulate plans of action that foster diversity and inclusion in urban communities and higher education. As part of this, the College will host a two-day conference to showcase research by emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences.