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 The Place of Education in African American History and Culture

8th Annual New Perspectives Conference

Presented by the Triangle African American History Colloquium 

February 28 & March 1, 2014

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Triangle African American History Colloquium (TAAHC) invites proposals for single papers or complete sessions related to the broad theme of African American education across a range of time periods, geographical areas, and disciplines. Scholarship on the history of black education, while prolific, has not yet fully explored political, economic, cultural, and social dynamics. With education as the central thread, scholars at this conference will weave together multiple strands of the past – connecting such varied topics as slave resistance, the African diaspora, pedagogical practices, segregation, civil rights, black politics, and a host of other possibilities – to understand more clearly how education was and continues to be a fundamental tenet in African American history and culture.

The conference seeks to address questions such as: What did education mean to black people, both enslaved and free, in the colonial and antebellum eras? In the decades following emancipation, how did African Americans capitalize on their newfound freedoms to increase educational opportunities for themselves? What role did education play in the construction of new identities before and during the rise of Jim Crow? In the twentieth century, how did segregated education affect African American individuals and communities? What is the role of the teacher/professor in African American communities? How did African Americans envision and utilize the concept of educational equality? How have black communities developed unique pedagogies? What is the current state of African American Studies in higher education, and how has it changed over time? In answering these and other questions, the conference should illuminate the multifaceted ways in which education has been at the core of African American history and culture.

The TAAHC Conference Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Martha Biondi, Professor of African American Studies and History, and Chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her most recent monograph is The Black Revolution on Campus, published by the University of California Press in 2012.

Eligibility & Deadline: Proposals consisting of approximately 150-200 words from faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are welcome. The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 15, 2013. Proposals received after that date will not be considered. Please respond via email to with your name, institution, title, email address, proposed paper title, 150–200 word abstract, and curriculum vitae. Please put “Conference Proposal” in your subject line.

Questions and concerns may be addressed to Evan Faulkenbury at