CFP: African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Conference 2020

10th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, James Madison University, Feb 20-21, 2020

**Proposal deadline extended to Nov. 1, 2019**

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies program at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held on the campus of JMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia on February 20-21, 2020. This year's theme is “Black Temporalities: Past, Present, and Future.” Ranging across topics from oral history to Afrofuturism, the conference will bring together a group of scholars from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by novelist Nalo Hokinson (Midnight RobberBrown Girl in the Ring), and a featured talk by the JMU Dean of Libraries, Dr. Bethany Nowviskie, who writes on liberatory and speculative digital library design.

We welcome proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines at any point in their scholarly careers. Proposals for 20-minute presentations or 60-minute panels could address topics such as:

  • Afrofuturism
  • Archaeology
  • Black Digital Humanities
  • Commemorative Practices
  • Continuity
  • Environmental Justice
  • History
  • Humanisms
  • Memory
  • Modernism
  • Modernity
  • Myth
  • Oral Histories
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Knowledges
  • Posthumanisms
  • Queer Futurities
  • Reclamation
  • Reparations
  • Rupture
  • Science and Technology
  • Slow Violence
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Trauma
  • Witnessing 

Please send any questions and/or 300-word presentation proposals (or 1000-word panel proposals) to by November 1, 2019. Proposals should include a presentation and/or panel title, along with each presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a brief bio. Panel proposals must include at least three panelists.


Decisions will be made by Nov. 15, 2019. Updates regarding conference registration and accommodation details will be posted to and will be provided to presenters as the conference date draws near.