Monday, October 31, 2011

DuBois: 50 Anniversary Call for Papers

Call for Papers, Panels & Posters

W. E. B. Du Bois 50th Anniversary Commemorative Conference

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of Atlanta:

A Commemorative Conference at Clark Atlanta University

The year 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. W.E.B.
Du Bois. On his birthday in February of that year, it is fitting that
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrate his life and scholarship: Dr. Du
Bois wrote his most influential works in the 23 years he spent as a
professor at Atlanta University. Serving as faculty of the Departments of
History and Economics, he taught at Atlanta University from 1897 to 1910,
and then returned from 1934 to 1944 as chair of the Department of
Sociology. Dr. Du Bois also had impact in the area of social work and as a
novelist, poet and short story writer. The W.E.B. Du Bois and the Wings of
Atlanta Conference will serve as a meeting at the crossroads of various
paths of Du Bois’s work. Conference participants will engage in an
interdisciplinary and international introspection of the life, scholarship
and activism of one of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th

In a four-day conference, beginning on February 20, 2013 and concluding on
Du Bois’s birthday of February 23, Clark Atlanta University will host
panels that highlight his countless contributions, especially those
produced in the 23 years of his tenure. Central works to be discussed
include the Phylon journal (founded in 1940) and the Atlanta University
Publications (which he directed 1898-1914), where he covered topics
including African Americans in higher education, art, the Black church,
urbanization, health, business, economics, and race relations in Georgia.
Books published while in Atlanta are also central to the CAU discussion:
The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Black Reconstruction (1935) and Dusk of
Dawn: An Essay toward and Autobiography of a Race Concept, the second of
his three autobiographies (1940).

The Wings of Atlanta conference seeks to bring together local,
national and international scholars to explore themes in Dr. Du
Bois’s publications and collected papers in order to illuminate his
experiences at Fisk University, Harvard University, University of
Berlin, Atlanta University, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, New York,
Chicago, Ghana and other areas where Du Bois lived and worked.
Especially welcome are panels addressing the multitude of Du Boisian
intellectual legacies and implications of his myriad research

This conference will be held as a conclusion to the year-long W. E.
B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series hosted by the Clark Atlanta
University Office of the President, Office of the Provost, School of
Arts and Sciences, and the Department of History. The W.E.B. Du Bois
and the Wings of Atlanta Conference, held on CAU’s campus, offers a
uniquely significant locale from which to commemorate, interrogate,
and celebrate the life and work of this exquisitely educated and
distinctly complex man.

As interest is wide but space limited, individual conference papers will
be considered, but panels of 4-6 papers will be given preference. Panel
proposals should be no more than 4 pages long and individual paper
proposals no more than 2 pages. Panel submissions must identify the panel
chair, names, phone numbers, email addresses, and institutional
affiliation information for the chair and all panelists.

One-page proposals for undergraduate and graduate student posters are also

Send proposals to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans at

For questions or additional information, call Dr. Evans at 404-880-6352.

Conference proposals will be accepted between January 1, 2012 and July 1,

Acceptance notification: August 15, 2012.

Excerpt from “Of the Wings of Atlanta,” chapter five in The Souls of Black
Folk (1903) The function of the university is not simply to teach
bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools, or to be a
center of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine
adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.

CAU History Department Website:

Call For Proposals PDF:

CAU History Department Facebook Page:

2012 W.E.B. Du Bois Major Works Seminar Series

In 2012, Clark Atlanta University will host a year-long reading seminar on
the major works of W.E.B. Du Bois.

The CAU President, Provost, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and
Chair of the Department of History will engage in a sustained
consideration of Du Boisian texts in preparation for the 2013 On the Wings
of Atlanta Commemorative Conference. We encourage scholars of all levels
to join the CAU campus, Atlanta University Center, and Atlanta-metro
institutions in a nation-wide Sankofa sojourn into the writing of the most
profound, relevant and complex scholar of our generation.

Spring 2012

The Souls of Black Folk (1903); The Gift of Black Folk (1924)

February 24, 2012 RACE RESEARCH
The Study of the Negro Problems (1898); The Philadelphia Negro (1899);
Bibliography of the Negro American (1905); Select Discussion of Race
Problems (1916)

March 23, 2012 CRIME & HEALTH
Some Notes on Negro Crime, Particularly in Georgia (1904); Health and
Physique (1906)

April 27, 2012 LITERATURE & ART
The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911); Dark Princess: A Romance (1928);
The Negro Artisan (1902 & 1912)

Fall 2012

The Autobiographies-- Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil
(1920), Dusk of Dawn: An
Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept (1940), and The
Autobiography of W. E. Burghardt Du Bois (1968)

August 31, 2012 AFRICA
The World and Africa, an Inquiry into the Part Which Africa Has Played in
World History (1946/1965); Africa, Its Geography, People and Products: Its
Place in Modern History (1930)

John Brown: A Biography (1909); Black Reconstruction: An Essay toward a
History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct
Democracy in America, 1860-1880 (1935)

October 26, 2012 CHURCH, FAMILY & UPLIFT
Some Efforts of American Negroes for Their Own Social Betterment (1897 &
1909); Morals and Manners (1914); The Negro Church (1903); The Family

November 23, 2012 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
The Negro in Business (1899); Business and Business Education (1947,
Joseph Pierce Ed.); Economic Cooperation (1907 & 1917)

January 23, 2013 EDUCATION
College Bred Negro (1900 & 1910); The Common School (1901 & 1911)

February 22, 2013 BLACK FOLK, THEN & NOW
The Negro (1915); Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)

Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Chair, Department of History
Dual Associate Professor, History and African American/Africana Women's
Clark Atlanta University
200w McPheeters-Dennis Hall

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