CONFERENCE THEME:

“Fields and Functions of Africana Studies: Mapping Terrains of Research, Teaching and Resistance”

The National Council for Black Studies for its 44th Annual Conference is accepting abstracts for individual paper presentations, panel sessions, round-table discussions, and media sessions (see definition of each below) that explore the fields and functions of Africana Studies and its continuous development and advancement.  READ MORE.

All abstracts must be submitted through the NCBS Abstract Submission Site, managed by All Academic.  Any abstract sent to submissions@ncbsonline.org will be returned.  If this is your first visit to this year’s NCBS Abstract Submission Site, you should use the user account you created last year. If you did not create an account last year you will need to create a new user account. Once you have created a user account you can access the site through the user login to the left.  Site will launch in early Sept.

NOTE:  The NCBS Abstract Submission Site is for abstract submissions only.  NCBS Membership and Conference Registration is handled through the NCBS website.

First consideration and expedited responses to abstracts given to NCBS members, so you are encouraged to join, click here.  You must be a registered attendee of the conference in order to present.  Registration is open now, click here.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 17th, 2020.

Participant Definitions

Individual Paper Abstracts:
An individual paper submission is a single-present format reserved for non-academics, students (both undergraduate and graduate), professionals, and professors.  Please include the following information to complete your submission:

  • Paper abstract (no more than 250 words);
  • Paper title;
  • Name, Address, Phone, Email are required.
  • Name will appear in conference program just as entered into All Academic system. Please no all caps, no all small letters when entering into system.
  • Institution/Affiliation and designation (i.e. undergraduate, graduate, director, chair, professor, etc.)

Panel Sessions:
A full panel submission is a multiple-presenter format that consists of session chair, three to four (3-4) individually titled papers thematically connected.  A full panel of three (3) individual papers can include a discussant.  Discussant comments should be limited to ten minutes (10).  Three paper panels should afford twenty minutes (20) per presenter; four paper panels should afford fifteen minutes (15) per presenter.  Please include the following information to complete your submission:

  • Panel Abstract (1-2 pages)
  • Panel Title;
  • Name, affiliation, and email for session chair;
  • Name, affiliation, email, and paper title for each presenter;
  • Name, affiliation, and email for each discussant
  • Names will appear in conference program just as entered into All Academic system. Please no all caps, no all small letters when entering into system.
  • Name of Primary Contact

Roundtable Discussion:
A roundtable submission is a multiple-presenter format that consists of session moderator/chair that directs the discussion and four to six (4-6) designated speakers addressing a single theme.  The moderator is expected to develop questions in conjunction with roundtable participant to drive the discussion, but roundtable participants are not expected to present prepared papers or comments; brief introductory remarks of no more than five (5) minutes from designated speakers are encouraged.  This session type is ideal for more free-flowing, unstructured discussions.  “State of the Field” or “Future Research Directions” are examples of the kind of topics that are suitable for this type of session.  Please include the following information to complete your submission:

  • Roundtable Abstract (1-2 pages)
  • Roundtable Title;
  • Roundtable abstract that clearly outlines the thematic or subject contours to be discussed;
  • Name, affiliation, and email of moderator/chair;
  • Name, affiliation, and email for each designated speakers;
  • Names will appear in conference program just as entered into All Academic system. Please no all caps, no all small letters when entering into system.
  • Name of Primary Contact

Media Session:
A media session can consist of either: a) an individual discussion of an independently produced film, or b) a panel where a moderated or group discussion of an independently produced film is conducted following the screening (with a maximum of 5 designated discussants -including the film producer).

  • Media Abstract (no more than 250 words);
  • MediaTitle;
  • Name, affiliation, and email of moderator/chair;
  • Name, affiliation, and email for each group member;
  • Names will appear in conference program just as entered into All Academic system. Please no all caps, no all small letters when entering into system.
  • Name of Primary Contact

Images from 43rd Annual Conference Sessions