CFP: Black Canadian Studies Association Conference

The Black Canadian Studies Association will host its 2nd Biennial Black Canadian Studies Conference (BCSA), Community, Empowerment & Leadership in Black Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 21-24, 2015. To be held at Dalhousie University, the goal of the conference is to promote dialogue, critical reflection and nuanced perspectives on the past, present and future of Black leadership in Canada.

The conference presents an exciting opportunity to explore leadership and the Black community in Canada locally, provincially, nationally & globally from a variety of perspectives. Conference organizers welcome papers from an array of disciplines that explore the Black experience in Canada, as well as those, that address the nature of Black Canadian Studies using a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Disciplinary contributions are encouraged from, but not limited to, anthropology, history, criminology, literature, music, political science and scholars outside the humanities and social sciences such as business, law and engineering and natural sciences. We also encourage and welcome input and abstracts from activists, community practitioners and community historians.

Related to leadership, capacity building and community empowerment, topics may include but are not limited to:

  • class
  • nationality/ism
  • gender
  • race & ethnicity
  • youth
  • education/schooling
  • sexualities
  • Anti-Black racism
  • crisis
  • institution building
  • identity
  • health
  • Pan-Africanism
  • feminism & women
  • immigration policy
  • slave rebellions
  • political representation
  • neoliberalism
  • democracy
  • arts & culture
  • theology & religion
  • vanguardism
  • alliances
  • non-Black contribution

The long history of Black people in Canada has been shaped by the struggle for human recognition, social justice and democratic participation. In the face of growing austerity, the reconfiguration of the Canadian state and the transformation of global political economy, it is imperative that we analyze the place of Black Canadians within these ongoing changes, the state of the of Black communities across Canada and generate strategies for the future. The conference will provide a venue and space for these very important conversations, discussions and debates.

The conference will take place over three days from Thursday evening on May 21 to Sunday afternoon, May 24. Plenary sessions and panels will occupy important places throughout the conference schedule. In addition to individual paper proposals, participants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels. Panels can be disciplinary, multi-disciplinary or consist of academics and non-academics. Panels may consist of three to four papers addressing a coherent theme or issue. The organizing committee reserves the right to make changes in the overall configuration of panels.

All proposals are due by February 15, 2015. Individual and Panel proposals may be 150-250. Panel proposals must also include abstracts of 150-250 words for each paper.

While conference organizers will attempt to secure financial assistance for students and participants outside North America, we are unable at this time to offer financial support. Participants should therefore anticipate full responsibility for their own expenses unless notified otherwise. We encourage participants who require a visa to enter Canada to make arrangements as soon as possible.

For proposal submission and further information please contact:
Afua Cooper,BCSA Chair, or or 902-494-4088

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