Call for Papers: African Heritage Studies Association, June 15th 2016

Founded 1969 In Collaboration with the Ronald Walters Leadership
& Policy Center, Howard University Annual Conference
Washington, D.C.

Submission Deadline – June 15th 2016

Social Activism in Pan African communities has historically been informed by our scholars.  Frederick Douglas set the mark in the indefatigable fight against slavery and for the rights of women; W.E.B. Du Bois’ scholarship and activism laid down markers against colonialism and imperialism; Ida B. Wells’ research, writing and activism informed the world about lynching; and across the globe many other African descendants have distinguished themselves as scholar-activists in the struggle for human rights, justice, education and freedom, including Franz Fanon, Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary McLeod Bethune, Nelson Mandela,, Kwame Nkrumah, Angela Davis, to name a few.

AHSA is celebrating the legacy of scholar-activists and building on the work of those upon whose shoulders we stand by assessing and celebrating the role of Black scholars in historical and present struggles.  We encourage academics as well as social activists to coalesce around this topic, with the aim of informing and supporting the ongoing struggle of African peoples.


  • Pioneers of Pan Africanism
  • African Women and Labor
  • Mass Incarceration – The School to Prison Pipeline
  • The New Jim Crow
  • Social Media and the Mobilization of the Masses – for and against Black Liberation.
  • African Centered Non Governmental Organizations
  • From Ida B. Wells to The Black Lives- Movement and the Brutalization of Black Bodies
  • Black Club Movement
  • Black Theology as Black Power?
  • Black Power and the Black Panthers
  • Reparations
  • Revisiting the World Conference Against Racism and the African Descendants Caucus (Roundtable)
  • Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Revisited-Role of the African Scholar-Activists
  • Shoulders We Stand On: Honoring our Activists Ancestors
  • Legacy of Charles Houston and NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Rastafarian Movement: Reparations and Repatriation
  • Land Reform and Civil Rights
  • Machel, Cabral, Mandela & Biko: Armed Struggle in Africa
  • Globalization, Militarization, and “Terrorism” in Africa
  • The African Union and the Struggle for Peace and Development
  • Politics, Economics and Interventions in Diaspora
  • Closing: Organizing for the future-where do we go from here?

Please send 150-400 word abstracts for panels, roundtables or workshops, including title, organizer, participants and

their abstracts.  Please include your name, address, institution or organizations, email and phone number.

Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Ife Williams, AHSA Program Chair:
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