March 1 deadline for Tubman Graduate Student Conference call for papers

The deadline for the Harriet Tubman Institute’s call for papers for the first annual Tubman Graduate Student Conference is March 1.

The inaugural conference, taking place at York University on May 6 and 7, is titled “Black Lives Matter: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Black Liberation and Activism”.

Papers from all disciplines are welcome from graduate students at all stages of research. During the conference, graduate students will present their research and keynote addresses will be given by professors specializing in studies of Africa and its diasporas.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • resistance through expressive culture and belief systems
  • gender, sexualities and the body
  • race, ethnicity and identity
  • policing, mass incarceration and the state
  • health and trauma
  • territory, space and identity
  • labour, class and community
  • migration and refugee studies
  • diaspora, transnationalism and translocalism
  • communities organizing through silence
  • media, communications and technology
  • black lives in educational theory and practice
  • oral history, narratives and life stories

Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for publication through the Harriet Tubman Institute. Furthermore, presentations will be recorded on digital video which will be made available on the Tubman website.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. Submissions must be accompanied by a short bio (limited to 250 words), the title and the abstract of the paper to be presented.

Submissions should be emailed to