Since the 1974 publication of The Black Sociologist (edited by James Blackwell and Morris Janowitz) social scientists have time and again demonstrated the persistence of enduring patterns of racial segregation at the residential, political and even regional level and across Higher Education in particular. Where the 1974 book offered an unassessed hope about the numbers of Black sociologists that would follow its release, in the contemporary context Black sociology and sociologists by proxy continue to occupy a precarious status within and outside of the academy and discipline. Thus, the goal of this year’s conference is to bring together a diverse range of scholars, scholarship, critical race theories and perspectives to assess, confess, and trouble the enduring patterns of isolation and intellectual segregation under which Black sociology and sociologists are being produced.
Papers and panels selected under the theme The New Black Sociologists will also focus on the contemporary moment with especial attention and analysis rooted in the recent rise of the #BlackLivesMatter and the movement for Black Lives, Assata’s Daughters, the Black Youth Project and myriad racial and social justice activisms in the Obama Age. How are Black sociologists minding the scholar-activist tradition? What are the new stakes for Black sociology in the Obama and Trump age? We also welcome proposals and papers that the intellectual contributions Black sociologists have made in a range of substantive research areas from religion, to class analysis, to feminist studies, and urban research, and many others.
All interested individuals are invited to submit papers as well as proposals for complete sessions (three-to-four papers) and roundtables (including: Regular Sessions, Author Meets Critics, Regional Spotlight Sessions, Thematic Sessions, Poster Sessions, and Workshops). Questions can be sent to Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter, 2018 Program Coordinator and Assistant Program Coordinator Dr. Oluchi Nwosu-Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org, but all submissions must be made through the online system by April 15, 2018. Further, all program participants must be current 2018 ABS members. The ABS membership year runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. To be included in the final program, all participants must register by the registration deadline of June 1, 2018. Membership renewal and conference registration can be completed here. Other registration information and mail-in payment forms are available online via the ABS website. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia!