The 2019 New York African Studies Association (NYASA) Annual Conference

Country: USA

City: New York

Abstr. due: 21.12.2018

Dates: 12.04.19 — 13.04.19

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology; Sociology;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: New York African Studies Association (NYASA)


Black Studies grew into an academic discipline in the wake of student protest at San Francisco State University in late 1968. By 1969, the wave that started in the Bay Area had spread throughout the nation’s State Colleges, Universities, and private Universities and Colleges with many creating their own Black Studies Departments. In that same year, the major Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) added their names to the list of institutions creating Black Studies departments.

In the intervening years, various breakthroughs and challenges – both internal and external – marked the growth and shape of the discipline. As disinvestment in public education and higher education continues, it bears remembering why we have Black Studies and why it remains important in 21st Century America.

The New York African Studies Association wishes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Studies as an academic discipline by exploring its glorious past, present, and future. We invite scholars and both graduate and undergraduate students to submit individual papers, entire panels, or creative works/performances that focus on Black Studies specifically, as well as the theory, research, methodology, teaching, and public education issues that broadly address the theme of the conference and related aspects of the Black Global experience.

Themes include—but are not limited to—the following:

* Origins of Black Studies

* The Intellectual Traditions of Black Studies

* Black Studies Philosophy and Activism

* Epistemological Considerations in Black Studies: Evolution of Black Studies, Afro-American Studies,

African American Studies, Pan-African Studies, African Studies, Africana Studies, Afrocentricity

* Black Studies Theories and Methodologies

* The State of Black Studies in K – 12 Education

* Black Studies of the Future—the Remainder of the 21st Century

* Black Studies and Language Challenges “What is in a name”: Race, Nigger, Coons, Negro, Colored

 People, Mulatto, Half Breed, Half Cast, Mixed Race, People of Color, Native American, Indian

American, Sambo, Tribe, Tribal Head, Bantu, Pygmy, Bushmen, Hamitic, Semitic, Black Africa,

Africa South of Sahara.

* Black Studies and Archeology of African Civilizations

* Black Studies and Social Sciences

* Black Studies and Humanities

* Black Studies and Performing Arts

* Black Studies and Visual Arts

* Nollywood

* Black Studies and Children’s Literature and Performing Arts

* Black Women Studies

* Black Gender Studies

* Black LGBTQ Studies

* Black Studies and the Sciences

* Black Studies and Architectural Studies

* Black Studies and Medicine / Health

* Black Studies, Mental Health, and Trauma

* Black Studies in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America

* Black Studies in Europe and Asia

* Black Studies and Religions / Spirituality

* Black Studies Resistance, Rebellion, and Revolution

* Black Studies and Information Technologies including Social Media

* Black Studies and Law Enforcement

* Black Studies and the Prison Industrial Complex

* Black Studies and the Military Industrial Complex

* Black Studies and Black Military Service in “The War on Terror”

* Black Studies and Black Genocide Studies

* Black Studies and African Organizations

* Black Studies and Latin American Organizations

* Black Studies and The African Diaspora 

* Sanfoka, birds, Janus, and/or other symbols 

* Geography, Space, Identity 

Many other topics for papers will be considered—please submit your proposal. Proposals for promoting student participation are especially welcome.


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