Comparative Black History

Conference at Michigan State University

Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History
Call for Papers

The planning committee for Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in Comparative Black History, in conjunction with the Comparative Black History PhD program at Michigan State University, invites proposals for a national conference to be held September 20-23, 2001. Building upon the model of the 1995 "Comparative History of Black People in the Diaspora" Symposium at Michigan State University, which produced the anthology Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in Diaspora, this conference seeks to challenge professors and advanced graduate students to continue recent efforts to explore, as well as expand, research within the African Diaspora. This forum will provide an opportunity for scholars to network in an environment that offers constructive criticism and fosters intellectual stimulation through comparative roundtable discussions, thematic sessions, keynote addresses and scholarly debate on various topics within the African Diaspora.

In addition to papers and panels on Africa and the Americas, we seek scholarship on issues concerning such diverse regions as Australia, Europe, Asia, or any place where people of African descent reside. While it is our intention to expand the recent research of Black peoples beyond slavery and to further scholarship beyond the areas traditionally considered as the African Diaspora, we welcome papers and presentations on familiar topics dealing with Black peoples. However, all proposals should represent the vanguard in methodological approaches and theory.

Topics can include but are not limited to the following: identity, resistance, gender, labor, slavery, genocide, migration, religion, education, sexuality, black nationalism, and the Cold War. With your contributions, this conference will help to usher in a new era of ideas on the black diaspora for the twenty-first century.

Submission Guidelines:

Individual proposals should include a one page abstract and current CV. Panel proposals should include an abstract of the panel's intent and a current CV for each participant. All proposals are due no later than 31 January 2001. The preferred method of submission is a Word or WordPerfectattachment emailed to: or

You may also mail proposals to the address below. For further information, visit our website at or contact:

Comparative Black History PhD Program
Attn: Eric D. Duke (Conference Liaison)
Michigan State University History Department
301 Morrill Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036
517-410-3439 or 517-355-7500

Posted: 2 June 2000