The Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference

September 23-27, 2015: Atlanta, Georgia

Call For Papers

A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. In 1915, few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Indeed, it was nearly universally believed that Africans and people of African descent had played no role in the unfolding of history and were a threat to American civilization itself. A century later, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history.

This transformation is the result of effort, not chance. Confident that their struggles mattered in human history, black scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders self-consciously used their talents to change how the world viewed African Americans. The New Negro of the post-World War I era made modernity their own and gave the world a cornucopia of cultural gifts, including jazz, poetry based on the black vernacular, and an appreciation of African art. African American athletes dominated individual and team sports transforming baseball, track-and-field, football, boxing, and basketball. In a wave of social movements, African American activism transformed race relations, challenged American foreign policy, and became the American conscience on human rights.

While the spotlight often shines on individuals, this movement is the product of organization, of institutions and institution-builders who gave direction to effort. The National Urban League promoted the Harlem Renaissance. The preservation of the black past became the mission of Arturo Schomburg and Jesse Moorland, leading to the rise of the Schomburg Research Center in Black Culture and Howard University's Moor- land-Spingarn Research Center. The vision of Margaret Boroughs and others led to the African American museum movement, leading to the creation of black museums throughout the nation, culminating with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Student activism of the 1960s resulted in the Black Studies Movement and the creation of black professional associations, including the National Council of Black Studies, and a host of doctoral programs at major American universities.

At the dawn of these strivings and at all points along the road, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has played a vital role. When he founded the Association in 1915, Carter G. Woodson labored under the belief that historical truth would crush falsehoods and usher in a new era of equality, opportunity, and racial democracy, and it has been its charge for a century. In honor of this milestone, ASALH has selected "A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture" as the 2015 National Black History theme.

Deadline for submission of proposals as follow:
- Individual papers deadline is March 1st.
- Early Bird panel deadline is March 15th.
- Panel Session deadline is March 30th.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system which will be available for submission on December 1. For complete panels that are submitted by March 15, day and time preferences will be given on a first come first served basis.

An updated FAQ document will be added to this page at a later date. Please check back.

The Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference Program Co-Chairs
Cornelius Bynum, Ph.D.: and Lionel Kimble, Ph.D.:
Academic Program Committee Coordinator:

All participants must be members by April 2nd and registered by July 3rd. There are no refunds for membership dues and none for registration fees after August 3rd, 2015.

You may download the 2015 Call for Papers here.

AV equipment for Paper Presenters

If you are interested in renting AV equipment for your presentation, a form from the hotel will be provided here as we get closer to the date of the convention. You will need to PSAV at the hotel directly. ASALH does not manage AV equipment for paper presentations.

ASALH Convention on Facebook

We have set up a Facebook page for the ASALH Convention which presenters can use to interact with and connect with other presenters for various paper topics at our convention.