Call for Papers

Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory

101st Annual Conference and Meeting

Richmond, VA

Richmond Marriott Hotel

October 5 – 9, 2016

The history of African American unfolds across the canvass of America, beginning before the arrival of the Mayflower and continuing to the present. From port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to the battle fields where their descendants fought for freedom, from the colleges and universities where they have pursued education, to places where they created communities during centuries of migration, the imprint of Americans of African descent is deeply embedded in the narrative of the American past, insert comma and the sites prompt us to remember. Over time, many of these sites of African American memory became hallowed grounds.

One cannot tell the story of America without preserving and reflecting on the places where African Americans have made history. The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable’s home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church and Frederick Douglass’ home — to name just a few— are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness. They retain and refresh the memories of our forbearers’ struggles for freedom, justice, and God’s grace and mercy. Similarly, the hallowed grounds of Mary McLeod Bethune’s home in Washington, 125th Street in Harlem, Beale Street in Memphis, and Sweet Auburn Avenue in Atlanta tell the story of our struggle for equal citizenship during the American century.

The National Park Service (NPS) takes responsibility for preserving and teaching about the places that have been central in the making of African American memory. Virtually every aspect of our experience has become part and parcel of the NPS mission, including the home of our founder, Carter G. Woodson. ASALH joins the National Park Service in celebrating a century of preserving the hallowed grounds of African Americans and all Americans.

Early Bird submission deadline for individual papers and panel submissions is April 15th.

Individual and panel submission deadline is April 30th.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system. Click here to access the All Academic Site.
For complete panels that are submitted by April 15, day and time preferences will be given on a first come first served basis. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), which can be downloaded here, for submission requirements for the various kinds of sessions.
Audio\Visual: Only panel proposal submitters will receive complimentary audio/visual equipment on a first come first served basis.

Proposals should include title of the paper or panel, author(s) and affiliation(s), an abstract of paper or panel of 200-250 words, and all contact information. Only panel proposal submitters will receive complimentary audio/visual equipment on a first come first served basis.

For information on how to make electronic submissions, visit /callforpapers-2015/, and visit the FAQ page for important information regarding submissions.