Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Call for Papers: W. E. B. Du Bois 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference

via PSRT-L:
The year 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr.W.E.B. Du Bois. On his birthday in February of that year, it is fittingthat Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship:Dr. Du Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent asa professor at Atlanta University. Serving as faculty of the Departmentsof History and Economics, he taught at Atlanta University from 1897 to1910, and then returned from 1934 to 1944 as chair of the Department ofSociology. Dr. Du Bois also had impact in the area of social work and asa novelist, poet and short story writer. The W.E.B. Du Bois and theWings of Atlanta Conference will serve as a meeting at the crossroads ofvarious paths of Du Bois's work. Conference participants will engage inan interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life,scholarship and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals ofthe 20th century.
In a four-day conference, beginning on February 20, 2013 and concludingon Du Bois's birthday of February 23, Clark Atlanta University will hostpanels that highlight his countless contributions, especially thoseproduced in the 23 years of his tenure. Central works to be discussedinclude the Phylon  journal (founded in 1940) and the Atlanta UniversityPublications (which he directed 1898-1914), where he covered topicsincluding African Americans in higher education, art, the Black church,urbanization, health, business, economics, and race relations inGeorgia. Books published while in Atlanta are also central to the CAUdiscussion: The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Black Reconstruction (1935)and Dusk of Dawn: An Essay toward and Autobiography of a Race Concept,the second of his three autobiographies (1940).
              The Wings of Atlanta conference seeks to bring togetherlocal, national and international scholars to explore themes in Dr. DuBois's publications and collected papers in order to illuminate hisexperiences at Fisk University, Harvard University, University ofBerlin, Atlanta University, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York,Chicago, Ghana and other areas where Du Bois lived and worked.Especially welcome are panels addressing the multitude of Du Boisianintellectual legacies and implications of his myriad research agendas.
              This conference will be held as a conclusion to theyear-long W. E. B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series hosted by theClark Atlanta University Office of the President, Office of the Provost,School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of History. The W.E.B.Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta Conference, held on CAU's campus,offers a uniquely significant locale from which to commemorate,interrogate, and celebrate the life and work of this exquisitelyeducated and distinctly complex man.
               As interest is wide but space limited, individualconference papers will be considered, but panels of 4-6 papers will begiven preference. Panel proposals should be no more than 4 pages longand individual paper proposals no more than 2 pages. Panel submissionsmust identify the panel chair, names, phone numbers, email addresses,and institutional affiliation information for the chair and allpanelists.
One-page proposals for undergraduate and graduate student posters arealso encouraged.
Send proposals to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans at<> .
For questions or additional information, call Dr. Evans at 404-880-6352.

Conference proposals will be accepted between January 1, 2012 and July1, 2012.
Acceptance notification: August 15, 2012.

CAU History Department Website:
Call For Proposals PDF:
CAU History Department Facebook Page:

Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Chair, Department of History
Dual Associate Professor, History and African American/Africana Women'sStudies
Clark Atlanta University
200w McPheeters-Dennis Hall
Dr. E's Resource Page: <>  - [updated]