12th Annual Ida B. Wells Conference

Call for Papers

University of Memphis
April 5-6, 2019

The Ida B. Wells Conference is organized by the graduate students (Corey Reed and Jasper St. Bernard) and director (Dr. Lindsey Stewart) of the Ida B. Wells Association. The Ida B. Wells Association was founded by University of Memphis graduate students to promote discussion of philosophical issues arising from the African American experience and to provide a context in which to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. This year's conference will feature Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Kathryn Sophia Belle (formerly Kathryn T. Gines) as keynote speakers.

The theme of this year's conference is "Celebrating the Intellectual Legacy of Ida B. Wells in Philosophy." We invite undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers that contribute to this theme. For example, papers might use as topics:

  • Ida B. Well's legacy in black feminist traditions and political thought
  • Ida B. Well's influence in social and political issues of today (including, but not limited to, police violence/brutality, mass incarceration, black journalism, issues in representation for black women, the "say her name" and "me too" campaigns, black life in the South, and the tradition of radical black self-determination)
  • Recent recognition of Ida B. Wells on a national scale (such as the new monument in Chicago and/or recent articles like those in The New York Times)
  • Connections between Ida B. Wells' thought and trends in African American Philosophy, Black Feminist Philosophy, and Critical Philosophy of Race
  • Philosophical implications of Ida B. Wells' inclusion in black art, such as television, film, music, painting, etc.

The deadline for submission is December 1, 2018. For consideration of your submission, please limit papers to 2,500 words or less. Please send papers to Corey Reed (cnreed4@memphis.edu) and Jasper St. Bernard (jdstbrnr@memphis.edu).