Paine College
GA Department of Social Sciences

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Conference Theme: Breaking Down the Barriers: Just How Far Have We Come

"What It Means To Be Black in America"

The Department of Social Sciences at Paine College is requesting proposals for the Annual Conference on the Black Experience. The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from February 6-8, 2018.

The 2018 conference will explore and celebrate life, leadership, and legacies of African American culture. We will examine the social institutions within the African American community that serve to empower Black people as individuals (youths and adults) and families, as well as scrutinize the obstacles present to obstruct the true path to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the United States of America. Topics of interest may include but are not limited to the following:

  • The Strength in the Muscle of the HBCU for African Americans
  • The Power of African American Religious and Spiritual Leadership
  • African Americans in Academia
  • Biographical Studies of African American Leaders
  • The Black Family’s Role in Retaining Traditional Positive Culture
  • Organizing Strategies from Defiance to Resistance
  • The Impact of Black Consciousness on American Politics
  • The Psychology of the African American Experience
  • Black in America: The Nuance of Racial Identity and Influences of Skin Color
  • Police Brutality Against African Americans

Proposals/abstracts are encouraged from all disciplines to reflect the broad aspect of what it means to be black in America in the socio- economic, psychosocial, and political development of the Americas. Abstracts are sought in three categories:

  • Professors, Independent scholars, and Cultural Professionals
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students

Submission requirement: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be no more than 750 words. Please demonstrate a clear explanation as to the significance of the presentation to the conference theme. Be sure to indicate the status of all participants, (professor, independent scholar, cultural worker, student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation. Poster presentations are also welcome. Abstracts are to be submitted no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged in order to ensure capacity and participation. Submit to or Contact person:

Dr. Tamala Brown
Chair, Department of Social Sciences – Paine College
1235 15th St., Augusta, GA 30901

COBE invites proposals that focus on various aspects of African American (AA) life and leadership, policy, collaborations, research and innovative strategies that impact those who work with, within, and around social institutions and institutions of higher education or in areas that have great impact on AA life and culture, issues, and improvement in any way. Following the official theme: Breaking Down the Barriers: Just How Far Have We Come, COBE encourages submissions that create opportunities for critical thinking about AA life, education and academia, the impact of great leadership, as well as life and sustainability in an evolving political and economic climate. We welcome theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches that may advance our conceptualization of social justice and partnerships as we navigate various strategic pathways to success in a modern society that has built on the backs of African Americans, but continues to function on the premises of racism and destructive bounds of discrimination. Submissions are accepted in three formats: general conference presentations, panel discussions and one poster session with numerous posters and presenters.

Presentation Types:
Please indicate the session type most appropriate for your proposal.

General Conference Presentation (45 minutes)
Presentations are 45-minute formal scholarly or research paper presentations. These presentations can be performed by an individual presenter or an organized panel of presenters contributing expertise and perspectives on a topic centered around the central theme of breaking down barriers for African Americans and/or issues surrounding being Black in America. Presenter(s) may share their research or innovations through a lecture or an introduction followed by discussion and/or activities.

Panel Discussions
Panel Discussions are flexible and an ideal format for in-depth discussion. They involve one or more presenters speaking on a similar topic who share a table with several attendees interested in that topic area. For this conference, there will be a total of 5-7 seats in each panel. Each presenter at each panel will have approximately 5-7 minutes to speak. After the presenters have completed their speeches at their respective tables, they will have approximately 15 minutes to receive feedback and have an open dialogue with all participants seated at the table. Presenters should bring questions to pose to others within their roundtable group. Additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided as requested.Proposals involving students as panelists are strongly encouraged.

Poster Session (45 minutes)
Posters combine a graphic display of research with the opportunity for an informal discussion of findings throughout a 45-minute session. Individual presenters will set up displays that showcase their papers in a designated area of traffic flow. Detailed instructions about the preparation of posters will be available. Additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, is provided as requested. Student posters are strongly encouraged.

Paine College
Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Tamala P. Brown, Department Chair
1235 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901
706-821-8229 or

The Conference on the Black Experience

“What It Means To Be Black In America”

Paine College, Augusta, GA

February 6-8, 2018

*Registration Due by January 19, 2018*

Contact Details


*A select publication of works will be completed for any person who wishes to submit papers or articles up to 3 pages maximum. If you would like your submission to be considered, please submit an extended piece in addition to the abstract. Submissions must be completed no later than January 17, 2018. Please put the request in the email along with your original abstract submission. You will be notified if your work is chosen to be previewed in the publication.

Please email, mail, or fax registration form to:
Conference on the Black Experience
C/O Dr. Tamala Brown
Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Paine College
1235 Fifteenth St.
Augusta, GA 30901

Phone: (706) 821-8229
Fax: (706) 821-8623
Email: or

Hotel Details:
The Partridge Inn
2110 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
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