The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


CFP – Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The University of Memphis

The Graduate Association for African-American History (GAAAH) at The University of Memphis invites graduate students at all levels to submit proposals for its 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African-American History, to be held February 11-13, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee. We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on all topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of the history of African Americans and blacks throughout the Diaspora. We hope to represent a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

For graduate students individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address; and brief curriculum vitae. The organizers of complete sessions should send, in a single submission, abstracts and cvs for each of the paper presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address from Dr. Eddie S. Glaude.  Dr. Glaude is a William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University.  Dr. Glaude’s books include In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America and Exodus!: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America.


The submission deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014. A committee of University of Memphis professors will consider all papers for the “Memphis State Eight Paper Prize” which is awarded to the conference’s best paper. The first place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place papers will also receive recognition.


Participants will be notified of acceptance by December 10, 2014, and completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than February 1, 2015.


Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH President Jeffery Jones: or  


For questions please call Jeff at (901) 678-2515 or contact GAAAH faculty adviser Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at (901) 678-2516 or