CALL FOR PAPERS: BLACK RADICALISM IN THE UNITED STATES
April 14-15, 2018 - New York City
Black Radicalism in the United States had many faces and followed many directions, yet always dealt with the important question of how the plight of African Americans—the (former) slaves—in the US could be changed for the better. Many of the ideas related to this question might have been utopian, but even more of them were radical, covering the broad meaning of the word. Dealing with Black Radicalism in the United States therefore does not only mean political radicalism or questions related to the nation, it also demands an analysis of religious and cultural forms of radical thoughts.
The aim of the two-day conference in New York City is to bring together scholars and activists, who deal with the history and the legacy of Black Radicalism in the US. What have been the dreams as well as the fears of these radical movements and its African American supporters, but also of its African American antagonists? What, to be more precise, were the hopes and dreams of Black Radicalism in the United States, and who were the supposedly or actually existing enemies of these dreams? Which means were perceived as legitimate in order to achieve the utopia that Black Radicalism was possibly leading to?
These questions should be discussed in more detail and we ask scholars from all historical fields and neighboring disciplines, as well as currently active activists in African American movements, to send in short proposals for lectures that deal with, but are not limited to, the following fields of interest:
– African American Communism, Socialism, or Unionism
– African American Workers’ Issues
– African American Diaspora and Religious Radicalism
– The Black Power Movement
– African American FBI Informants
– Black Feminism
– Radical Harlem
– Relationships between African Americans, Afro-Europeans, and Afro-Caribbeans
The conference will take place on April 14-15, 2018, at New York University, Tamiment Library, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012.
Interested scholars or activists should send a short proposal (max. 300 words) and their CV (max. 2 pages) to FJacob@qcc.cuny.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com until January 10, 2018. Contributors will be informed about the acceptance of their papers by the end of January 2018.
In case of further questions related to the event, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers.
This event is organized by Dr. Frank Jacob (Queensborough Community College), in cooperation with the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU, and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung—New York Office.
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