Call for Papers

A call for papers for an international conference on the Black Arts Movement

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA, September 9-11, 2016.


Black Arts Movement
Southern Style

(See below for Call for Papers PDF document.)

Students represented some of the strongest voices of self-determination and social change during the Black Arts Movement. As much as the Black Arts and Black Power Movements were needed in the 1960s and 1970s, today these movements are vital as a means of providing historical context and to awakening our youth to issues of voter disenfranchisement, and inequalities within our social system. This is why the New Orleans Black Arts Movement (BAM) Conference taking place, September 9-11, 2016 is important. The conference is designed to educate the public about the contributions of the South’s role in BAM. Why does that matter? The heart pumps blood so that the entire body operates. The South represents a vital part of the body of the Black Arts Movement.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Arts Movement, a question must be asked, “Where do we go from here?” This question is just one of many that will be answered at the International Conference on the Black Arts Movement – Southern Style at Dillard University, September 9-11, 2016. The call for papers on a worldwide level is asking the larger questions including and in addition to race and culture as we examine the south’s contributions to the Black Arts Movement, and how that changed us as a nation, and as a world. The emphasis of this conference is the South because of its rich legacy of literature, and social activism and as the cultural and spiritual foundation of many major voices in BAM. The Black Arts Movement, the spiritual twin of the Black Power Movement is noted for having changed how Black Americans viewed themselves as a race. Black Americans in the 1960s and 1970s created a new vision of Blackness, one that celebrated the uniqueness of Black culture. This call for papers invites people of all cultures and racial backgrounds to submit scholarly work that illustrates the influence of the Black Arts Movement with regards to women, food, poetry, drama, music, art, and southern writers.

Call for papers details:
The Black Arts Movement Conference welcomes research and creative arts submissions from people of all cultures and racial backgrounds for this September event in New Orleans. We are seeking papers related to the Black Arts Movement including the areas of history, art, music, literature, dance, drama, women, gender, and southern writers. Proposed presentations may take a variety of forms including research papers, personal narratives, interviews, theatre / music / multimedia, food or culinary activities, and poster presentations.

The one-page, 200-word abstract should include your name, the title of your presentation, any academic or community affiliations, email address, and any equipment needs. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Selection criteria:
Relevance to the themes of the Black Arts Movement, originality of perspective or presentation, contribution to an understanding of the Black Arts Movement, and artistic or creative significance.

Please email your 100-word abstract and/or paper and a brief biography to Kim McMillon at Receipt of your submission will be acknowledged via email with 24 hours. For information on conference registration, please visit

Dillard University
Black Arts Movement International Conference
Southern Style
Call for Papers

Submission/Proposal Deadline:
July 15, 2016


Call for Papers

The Dillard University Black Arts Movement International Conference supports the
following submissions:

Research Papers – Completed research papers on the Black Arts Movement in the areas of art,
history, music, food, drama, dance and in any related areas.

Student Papers – Research done by students in any of the topic areas listed above, or related areas.

Performance and Art Presentation – This should be work that furthers the research
on the Black Arts Movement. A video Presentation should be submitted with your abstract.


Format of Presentations:

Paper sessions will consist of three to four presentations in a 60-90 minute session.
The session will be divided equally between the presenters.

Workshop presentations will be given a full 60-90 minute session.

Panel sessions will provide an opportunity for three or more presenters to discuss their
research with attendees.

Artistic Presentations/Performances will be given 10 to 20 minutes for presentation.

Poster sessions will last 60-90 minutes in an informal environment that will allow
Participants to interact with attendees. An easel, and a display board will be provided.

Submissions should include the name, department, affiliation, and email address of each
participant and a description of the presentation.