The Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The
University of Memphis invites graduate students at all levels to submit
proposals for its 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference in
African-American History, to be held October 31-November 2, 2012, in
Memphis, Tennessee. We welcome the submission of individual papers,
complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the
scholarship and teaching of African-American/African Diaspora histories and
cultures. We encourage the participation of graduate students who represent
a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.
Individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a
paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address;
and a brief curriculum vitae. The organizers of complete sessions should
send, in a single submission, abstracts and cvs for each of the paper
presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information
for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Deborah Gray
White, Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of Ar’n’t
I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South (1985 and 1999), the
groundbreaking gendered analysis of the institution of slavery.
Additionally, she is the author of Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in
Defense of Themselves, 1984-1994 (1999) and Let My People Go:
African-Americans, 1804-1860 (1996). Professors from area institutions
will serve as panel commentators and participate in a workshop on
professional development and the job market.
The submission deadline for proposals is September 22, 2012. A committee
of University of Memphis professors will consider all papers for the
“Memphis State Eight Paper Prize” which is awarded to the conference’s best
paper. The first place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place
papers will also receive recognition.
Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 1, 2012, and
completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than October 15,
For questions, you also may call Ms. Kaleta at (901) 678-3395 or contact
GAAAH faculty advisors Dr. Arvin Smallwood at (901) 678-3869 and
firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Ernestine Jenkins at
email@example.com and ( 901) 678-3450.