How do I submit an abstract for the conference?

You may submit your abstract and  50-word biography by email:

By postal mail:

Kent State University 
Department of Pan-African Studies
Attention Conference Committee
225 Terrace Drive
Kent, OH 44242
Be sure that your abstract and bio is sent in the following file formats: ms word, rich text format, text format.

We invite abstracts for papers, workshops, panels, roundtables, video and poetry performances, and other artistic forms that address any of the goals and themes listed below. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Abstracts should explain the topic, the content, and highlight key discussion points that advance the conference theme of increased activism from the 1960s to the present. All abstracts are due by November 1, 2019. Please submit a 50-word biography with your abstract. 

The AGAWC is particularly interested in highlighting the lives of Peoples of African descent, Indigenous Peoples, and other Peoples of Color. Topics and themes of papers/artistic works include: 
  • National and international histories of Black activism

  • Leadership and Black activism

  • Past and current forms of militarized violence

  • Activism and Black Lives Matter

  • #webelonghere

  • #sayhername

  • Revisiting the May 4th Massacre

  • Legacies of Black activism of   university/college students

  • Educators as activists

  • Public policy and Black communities

  • Police brutality 

  • The prison industrial complex 

  • Immigration policy

  • Black bodies

  • Black sexualities and gender identities 

  • Activism in Black communities

  • Race, class, and gender

  • Critical race theory and marginalized communities 

  • Activism in Black art, music, performance, and theatre

  • 1960s and 1970s nationalist movements/activisms across Africa

  • Political/social mobilization as strategies against state violence 

  • State violence and democratic decay  

  • Witness as testifying

  • Peace and healing