Posted by lsuggs | 09/13/2013 04:35 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2013 is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists, and Critics of the Renaissance.” The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the lives, work, and impact of a variety of architects, artists, and critics of the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • • Local and regional literatures related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Local and regional histories related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • The philosophies and/or work of midwives such as: Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and/or James Weldon Johnson, etc.
  • • Community organizing during the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Art, music, and/or drama and the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Marcus Garvey, Literary Garveyism, Garveyites, and the U.N.I.A. Editors
  • • Harlem Renaissance Era journals, newspapers, clubs, and/or salons
  • • Oral histories from the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Spirituality, religion, faith, and doubt during the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:

  • • Professors, independent scholars, community organizers, artists, and designers
  • • Graduate students
  • • Undergraduate students

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested. Indicate all participants, status (professor, independent scholar, artist, designer, and student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, September 27, 2013. Submit electronically to cladams@ or Postal Mail:

Dr. Catherine L. Adams Chair, Department of Humanities

Paine College 1235 Fifteenth Street Augusta, GA 30901

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