Graduate Association for African-American History


The 22nd Annual Graduate Conference in African American History will take place on February 16-17, 2023. 


The Long Civil Rights Movement: From Slavery to the Present 


The GAAAH 22nd Annual Graduate Conference program can be downloaded here.


GAAAH Conference 2023

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tamika Nunley, History Department, Cornell University

Keynote Title: "Archives and Erasure: Searching for Justice in the Lives of Enslaved Women"

Time: Friday, February 17, 2023, 1:45-3:45 pm

Location: Rose Theater, South Lobby


Proposal Guidelines: 

We invite graduate and undergraduate students at all levels to submit proposals. We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on interdisciplinary topics relating to the scholarship and teaching of the history of black people throughout the African Diaspora. We hope to present a broad range of disciplinary and methodological approaches. The conference will take place on February 16-17, 2023, at the University of Memphis University Center. 

The individual paper proposals should include a 300-word abstract, including a paper title; author contact information; postal address and e-mail address; and brief curriculum vitae. 

The organizers of complete sessions should send, in a single submission, abstracts and CVs for each of the paper presenters; 200-word description of the session; and contact information for all participants. Please list audio-visual requirements, if any. 


The submission deadline for proposals is January 6, 2023. 

Participants will be notified of acceptance by January 9, 2023. 

Completed 10-12 page papers must be received no later than January 30, 2023. 

Memphis State Eight Paper Prize: 

Graduate Papers submitted by December 19, 2022 will be evaluated by a committee of University of Memphis professors for the Memphis State Eight Paper Prize, which is awarded to the conference’s best paper. The first-place prize includes a monetary award. Second and third place papers will also receive monetary prizes. 

Contact Information: 

Please submit all proposals by e-mail to GAAAH: gaaahuofm@gmail.com

For questions, please e-mail our president Aniya Gold: aagold@memphis.edu 

or contact GAAAH faculty advisor Dr. Brian Kwoba: bwkwoba@memphis.edu