THE AFRICAN HERITAGE STUDIES ASSOCIATION
“THE DYNAMICS OF LEADERSHIP IN ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION IN AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA”
November 2-4, 2017
Long Beach, California
CALL FOR PAPERS/PROPOSALS
JULY 15TH 2017
“Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou.”
– Akhenaton, 14th century BC
Leadership in Africa and the African diaspora emerged from those who stood firm in their conviction of what was right and just. They exemplified their convictions by the way they lived and illustrated their love for the people through their actions. They never depended upon a single leader but nurtured a multitude of leaders, including those who had honor bestowed upon them by the world as well as the countless brothers, sisters and youth who made decisions to forge ahead in the face of adversity. Our historical legacy from ancient Kemet; the unparalleled kingdoms of Mali, Songhai and Kush; through the atrocities of enslavement; up through the Civil Rights movement to navigating the present is spread across many geographical locations and varying demographics. The powerful voices and actions of Toussaint L’Overture, Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner led to emancipation; revolutionary leaders such as Queen Nzinga, Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela waged war against colonialism; W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington and Mary McLeod Bethune encouraged and inspired education; and from the roots of Marcus Garvey’s Black nationalism leaders like Shirley Chisholm, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height and Kwame Toure fought for political participation and autonomy. The Black Lives Matter Movement, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors are among those who are currently calling for revolution and total liberation. The question now is, what can we expect from our present and how can we ensure a Renaissance in our future.
We encourage the submission of proposals that focus on some aspects of the following topics:
Although this is a call for papers and proposals for panels, also accepted are workshops, films, and other creative works. Please send 150-400 word abstracts inclusive of title, organizer, participants and their abstracts. Be sure to include your name, address, institution or organizations, email and phone number.
Proposals should be submitted to Dr. Ife Williams,
AHSA Program Chair:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-208-3972
Deadline: July 15, 2017