Academic Announcements

As part of our mission to advance the study of the Atlantic World, this page will be used to post academic announcements that may be of interest. This list is by no means extensive.  These conferences are not run through CLAW.

Call for Proposals

Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 2017


The program committee welcomes proposals on any and all music-related topics. However, we especially encourage submissions that engage in some way with our selected topic of “Memory and Erasure.” Because of music’s extraordinary power to receive, retain, recall, and rewrite the memories of a culture, musical performances have long stood at the center of collective remembrance. Whether “retained either through cultural formation (text, rites, or monuments) or through institutional commemoration (recitation, practice, observance) […] and formalized through ceremony,” music is an essential part of how we construct history, especially in public spaces (Assmann 1995). This year’s conference will be held in Charleston, a city that is not only deeply embedded in so many crucial chapters of American history–colonialism, the Middle Passage, mercantilism, the American Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, etc.–but is also deeply invested in practices of remembrance themselves through the city’s hundreds of historically-designated landmarks and historically-focused tours. As we were all reminded by the horrific attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015, practices of historical remembrance in Charleston are just as vital now as ever, continuing to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. As SEMSEC gathers in the Holy City this coming March, we invite our members to reflect on the unique role that music plays in these processes of memory and erasure.


Submission guidelines

Please include the following with all proposals:

1.      Name

2.      Presentation title

3.      Institutional affiliation

4.      Mailing address

5.      Email address

·         Phone number


The Program Committee welcomes proposals from scholars working in a wide range of fields including musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and popular culture. Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are particularly encouraged.


Proposed submissions should indicate one of the following formats:

1.      individual scholarly papers (20-minute presentation, 10-minute discussion)

2.      organized panels of 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant

3.      forum/roundtable-format discussions linked to conference themes

·         other creative presentations or workshops involving performance, scholarship, and discussion


For individual scholarly papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should clearly indicate a central argument, research methodology, and conclusions. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.


Each member of an organized panel must submit an individual paper proposal (see submission guidelines above for individual scholarly papers) and the panel chair/organizer must submit a panel abstract of no more than 150 words. Organizers of forum/roundtables should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words detailing the central theme, purpose, and scope of the forum, with a preliminary list of participants. The suggested forum format is 90-minutes, with four to six panelists including a discussant (though other options will be considered). Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.


E-mail all proposals as attachments in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format by Friday, December 16th at 11:59 PM EST to Joshua Kalin Busman, program chair (​

CFP: Fifth Summer Academy of Atlantic History

 “Connecting and Globalizing the Atlantic”
Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain
28 September – 1 October 2017
In the past few years, historians of the Atlantic World have increasingly turned their interest toward North and South Atlantic relations and connections between Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Pacific Worlds. Atlantic History has turned global – to some extent at least.

17th Annual Africa Conference at UT Austin

Greetings from the 17th Annual Africa Conference at UT Austin, the largest and lognest running annual student-run scholarly conference on Africa and the African Diaspora in North America. We are pleased to invite scholars and activists to present at our next gathering. Our theme this year is “Rupturing Colonial Legacies: Colonialisms and Decolonizations in Africa and the African Diaspora.”

The goal of the 2017 Africa Conference is to problematize historical and contemporary colonial and neo-colonial power structures in relation to Africa and the African Diaspora, as well as to (re)imagine and map out alternative futures both within and outside of these global matrices of power and domination. Thus, we invite proposals for papers, panel presentations, roundtables, and artistic works/performances that critically engage the seen and unseen, named and unnamed global constellations of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa and the African Diaspora of past, present, and future.

As in years past, participants will be drawn from around the world and represent a large variety of disciplines and intellectual traditions. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Panel proposals (of 3-5 presenters) are especially encouraged, as well as submissions in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Notably, selected papers will be published in multiple pre-contracted edited volumes following the conference, providing graduate students and junior faculty with valuable publishing opportunities.

The CFP is currently available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Please visit our website for more information:

Contact Info:

Dr. Kenneth Kalu and Farid Leonardo Suárez

CFP: 10th Annual African American Studies Spring Symposium

Each year the University of Texas at San Antonio hosts a daylong African American Studies Spring symposium. On this 10th anniversary, the symposium invites presentations from across the disciplines that examine the complexity of Intersectional Black Identities. The event offers a space to explore all that “intersectionality” has signified and all that it has become.
This stimulating symposium will set the stage for collective exploration and celebration of Intersectional Black Identities across social and cultural realities. Topics will include a broad range of lived experiences, intellectual inquiries, and creative representations. The work of keynote speaker Jericho Brown, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, provides a pathway for (re)considering the axes and edges of history, community, love, expression and more. This call welcomes papers and presentations covering Black identities marked by intersections with constructs such as the following:
African Diaspora and Afro-Latinidad
Who gets to be Black?
Speculative Blackness
Medicine, health and ability
Style-shifting, code-switching and ebonics (e.g., Gullah, Creole) The body and sexualities
Equity and access (e.g., history, race, language profiling, curriculum, health)
Creative art and interpretation
Activism, revolution and protest (e.g., #StayWoke, #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName)
We especially welcome the submission of proposals for organized panels, workshops, performances, and visual media. *Each single or multi-author presentation/workshop/performance receives a $300 honorarium.
Submit abstracts of no more than 400 words, Times New Roman, 12-point font, single-spaced. Clearly articulate your presentation type, focus, and connection toIntersectional Black Identities. Include presentation title, author’s name, professional title, academic/work affiliation, cell phone number, postal address, and email address.Email abstracts and inquiries
N.B.: All accepted presenters must be in attendance for the entire day of the symposium and the evening reception in their honor. Accepted participants will be announced by December 5, 2016.
Contact Info:

Please contact Dr. Joycelyn Moody at for more information or questions.

Contact Email:


2017 Annual Africa Conference

The Department of History, Political Science, Geography, & Africana Studies at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, invites academics, independent scholars, policymakers, and graduate students to present scholarly papers at its fifth annual conference on the theme: Transformations in Africana Studies: Epistemology, Theory Building, and Methodology

Africana studies is an academic discipline which interrogates all aspects of African identities and experiences including those of its diaspora. It involves the study of peoples of African descent irrespective of location, and their political, economic, social, and cultural institutions from a multidisciplinary framework. It thus incorporates the fields of African Studies, African American Studies, Afro-Caribbean Studies, Afro-Latin American Studies, and Afro-European and Asian studies.

This year’s conference will provide a platform for scholars and other participants to examine Africana Studies from the prism of intellectual development and scope, theoretical conceptualization, theory building and knowledge production, paradigm shift, and other facets of its character as a scholarly enterprise.

Further information can be found here