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14th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference: “Reckoning”

Harrisonburg, VA and online
Organization: James Madison University
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-02-07 to 2024-02-10 Abstract Due: 2023-10-15

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held from Wednesday, February 7 to Saturday, February 10, 2024. The conference brings together scholars, archivists, and practitioners from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. This year’s theme is “Reckoning.”

We invite proposals for both virtual and in-person presentations. We welcome proposals from scholars from all relevant disciplines at any point in their scholarly careers. Proposals for individual presentations or pre-constituted panels could address, but are not limited to:

  • Accountability
  • Standards and measuresResponsibility and mutuality
  • Justice and its systems
  • Truth and reconciliation
  • Transparency
  • Assessment in education and other professions
  • Reparations and restorative justice
  • Decolonization
  • Ecological reckoning
  • Racial reckoning
  • Consequences and repercussions
  • Narratives, testimonials, exposés, archives, and historiography
  • Equity
  • Dead reckoning and wayfinding
  • Education as reckoning
  • Crisis and its resolutions
  • Recursions
  • Vengeance and/as/or justice
  • Endings, aftermaths, and futurities
  • Takhar, Ngozi
  • Haints, soucouyants, duppies, and other hauntings
  • Black geographies
  • Digitizing reckoning
  • Reckoning the body
  • Healthcare systems
  • Intersectional reckonings

Please send 300-word presentation proposals, or 1000-word panel proposals, to aaadstudies@jmu.edu by October 15, 2023. Proposals should include a presentation and/or
panel title, along with each presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief
bio. Please specify whether your proposal is for an in-person or virtual presentation. Panel
proposals must include at least three panelists.

International respondents traveling to the United States in need of Visa documentation are
encouraged to submit their abstracts as early as possible, ideally before October 1. International
respondents will be notified on an ongoing basis. US respondents will be notified within a month
after the deadline listed above.

This year, in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, we will be hosting a special stream of panels devoted to “Accountability in African Public Policy and Administration.” Further details may be found at https://bpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/sites.lib.jmu.edu/dist/1/494/files/2023/08/CFP-Accountability.pdf. If you are interested in presenting your work as part of this special stream, please specify on your proposal.



Dr. David Babcock