NOVEMBER 1 – 3, 2017

The Department of Humanities at Paine College requests proposals for the 20th Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. This year’s conference theme is “After Harlem Was In Vogue: The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy.” Presentations will analyze the literature, history, philosophy, art, music and will provide inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches from the social and political sciences, economics, and STEM.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and critical formulations of the Harlem Renaissance;
  • International constructions of the New Negro;
  • The Great Depression, economic instability, and the end of the Harlem Renaissance;
  • Black internationalism and transnationalism before, during, and after the Renaissance;
  • Racial, sexual, sociocultural, economic, and political migrations in and out of Harlem and New York;
  • Renaissance’s impact upon 20th and 21st century national and international literary, social, musical, and artistic movements;
  • Jazz, Bebop, and Hip Hop Aesthetics and Creative/Musical Expression;
  • Race, space, place, and identity in Renaissance fiction and nonfiction;
  • Constructions of Black modernity within Harlem, the U.S., and abroad;
  • Contributions of understudied artists, musicians, critics, and writers to the Renaissance;
  • Political, social, religious, and cultural ideologies that were shaped during and after the Renaissance;
  • Critiques of scientific racism in literature and other modes of creative production;
  • Development of Black historical thought and philosophy in the Renaissance and beyond;
  • Interracial alliances and contentions before, during, and after the Renaissance;
  • Other perspectives on the theme or on the Harlem Renaissance.

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be no more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested. Participants must indicate their status (professor, independent scholar, organizer, artist, entrepreneur, graduate student, or undergraduate student) and provide a tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation, along with contact information. Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted by no later than 11:59 pm on October 16, 2017. Submit electronically to