AAAHRP Call for Papers

AAAHRP Call for Papers

The Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP) continues to present unfamiliar or forgotten black history through scholarly work and new research of scholars, historians, archivists and others with interests in African American history in a conference setting. The highly successful, enlightening, and extremely popular AAAHRP conferences are now international in nature, and have attracted presenters from countries as diverse as Brazil and England.

AAAHRP will hold its 2009 Biennial Black History Conference at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2009. The scheduled Keynote Speaker is Tim Pinnick, noted researcher and author of the books Conducting Coal Miner Research and Finding and Using African American Newspapers. Learn more about Tim Pinnick at

AAAHRP is accepting proposals for individual papers, panels, original documentaries, and workshops for its 2009 Biennial Black History Conference. Scholars, historians, genealogists, librarians, archivists, published authors, and graduate students from the United States and other countries are encouraged to submit proposals pertaining to neglected, unfamiliar, or forgotten black history and culture. Individuals involved with the preservation of black history at historic sites, museums, and history societies are also encouraged to submit proposals.

The conference theme, "Black History: Full Disclosure," allows a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:

African/Native American Relations
Black "Radical" Organizations
Fine Arts
Forgotten Black Leaders and Pioneers
Individual Black Classicists
Local History
Unheralded Men and Women
Women's Movements

In addition, AAAHRP desires proposals that illuminate the history of Africans in Europe, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Asia.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, and must include the paper's provisional title, the author's title and name, affiliation, mailing address, country, contact phone number and e-mail address. The abstract should be sent with a short bio (300-word maximum) to For workshop approval, submit details, including special requirements (300-word maximum); for original documentaries, provide short description (300-word maximum).

Graduate students should indicate "Debut Paper" on the proposal if the presentation will be the first at an academic conference. Debut papers may be grouped together at the conference, with prizes awarded based on comprehensiveness of research, presentation technique, adherence to time limits, and other factors. Authors of the first and second place selections will receive $200 and $100 respectively to help defray the costs of attending the conference.

The submission deadline is October 31, 2008. All submissions must be in English. Please note that proposals are reviewed upon receipt. If you are not ready to submit a proposal at this time, but plan to submit one before the deadline, you should send an "advance notification" to AAAHRP as soon as possible.

If you are interested in being a session chair, please provide your name, affiliation, brief bio and research interest(s), mailing address, country, contact phone number, and e-mail address to

All questions concerning the upcoming 2009 conference should be e-mailed to

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