Call For Papers



October 10-13, 2013

Nashville, Tennessee

In honor of the January 1, 1863, implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2013 Conference Call for Papers. The 2013 conference will be held at The Inn at Opryland October 10-13, 2013.

Papers and other conference activities explore all aspects of freedom, including, but not limited to, such topics as literacy, death, the Emancipation Proclamation, religion, art, sports and music.

The annual AAHGS Conference is the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and findings related to the expansive history of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Authors and possible candidates for general assembly gatherings may also submit proposals.

The following focus areas are offered as suggestions for session topics: 

  • African-American history/sports/music/medicine/professions/firsts
  • DNA/use of technology in research (No product sales presentations)
  • Church/religious history in the African-American experience
  • Research methodologies (various levels)
  • Antebellum/Civil War/confederates/reconstruction
  • Local history, i.e. town histories, institutions, industrial history, migration paths
  • Native American/African-American experiences
  • Society management
  • Tennessee slavery
  • Ethnic research, writing, publishing, source records

Presenters who have solidly researched their topic area and are able to deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations to diverse audiences are invited to submit.

Submission of Papers

Submissions should be forwarded to,  no later than February 20, 2013. March 20, 2013. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be made no later than March 1, 2013 April 1, 2013

Proposals must include the following required information:

  • ž  Name of session presenter(s), address, telephone, fax and email address
  • ž  Session title
  • ž  Research skill level of audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • ž  Proposals are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format. If high quality and  camera ready, they can be submitted in PowerPoint.  PDF formats will not be accepted.
  • ž  Include list of resources and/or bibliography
  • ž  Speaker must provide a 50-100 word bio, with headshot and a maximum 100-word description of the lecture for website, press releases and other materials
  • ž  Photos should be sent as jpeg, tif, gif, or bmp
  • ž  Syllabus material is required for every lecture presentation and should be between 2 and 8 pages per lecture. Syllabus material is due by July 1, 2013.
  • ž  Please indicate your AV requirements, such as overhead projector, slide projector, TV/VCR, DVD, internet usage, flip chart, portable sound system, microphone, table or podium. Be specific.
  • ž  Speaker will provide his or her own laptop computer for digital presentations



All presenters agree to participate at their own expense. A $75 per lecture honorarium is offered, as well as a complimentary conference registration packet. Honorarium payments may be traded on a dollar for dollar basis on your conference registration, syllabus advertising or exhibit space.  However, it does not cover conference costs. Please take this into consideration before submitting or agreeing to participate.



College students are encouraged to submit proposals and are not required to register for the conference if selected to present. Faculty members are encouraged to assist/present with students.


Key dates:

  • January 2, 2013 – Call for Papers issued
  • February 20, 2013 – Deadline for paper submissions
  • March 20, 2013 — Extended deadline for paper submissions
  • March 1, 2013 – Selection and notification of speakers
  • April 1, 2013 – Extended deadline for selection and notification of speakers
  • May 1, 2013 – Deadline for syllabus material submission

We look forward to your participation!


Conference co-chairs: 

Chajuan Fitzgerald, Chapter President, AAHGS Nashville,

Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, National President, AAHGS,


Note: Updated March 3, 2013 to reflect extended call for proposal dates.