Conference Theme
Violence on Black Bodies in the Diaspora
2018 Conference

About This Years Conference

Southern Conference of African American Studies, Inc., (SCAASI) will host its annual conference from February 8-10, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn (formerly The King Edward’s Hotel) in Jackson, Mississippi. Working in collaboration with Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, the theme of the 2018 SCAASI Conference is Violence on Black Bodies in the Diaspora.

How is violence perpetrated, justified, resisted, adapted, and survived is a

guiding question for the 2018 SCAASI Conference.

We invite papers that consider violence and ideological conflict as interrelated concepts, where black bodies serve as contestation platforms and sites for protest, economy, resistance, reconciliation and/or how black bodies have become temporary gathering spaces and contexts for defining movements and migrations in history. We are especially looking for papers that problematize the extent to which gender continues to be a site of contestation or consolidation in understanding violence or that discuss the threat of violence and indirect violence of environmental discrimination.

We also welcome papers on all topics related to the Black experience, race or race relations, and social inequality or stratification.

Proposals Due Friday December 1, 2017

Proposals of not more than 250 words should be sent no later than Friday,

December 1, 2017, as a Word document /PDF attachment to with the subject heading of SCAASI Proposal. Along with the 250-word proposal, please include the following: presenter's affiliation and presentation title, and an indication of any special media or other needs. Proposals are double blind-vetted.

Review proposal starts: Monday, October 30, 2017.

Last day to submit proposal: Friday, November 27, 2017.

Notification of Acceptance: Friday, December 8, 2017.

Conference queries should be sent to SCAASI President Dr. Adel A. Bartley:

Membership renewal or new membership must be paid in full for inclusion in the final conference program.

Conference Dates February 8, 2017 to February 10, 2017

Conference Registration

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Faculty/ Professional Registration:  

$275.00 Registration received on or before February 6, 2018

$300.00 Registration received any time after February 6, 2018 

$250.00 = Registration Fully paid life members

Student Registration Information: (All students must sign in and register to receive conference materials.)
Presenting Students - All presenting students can attend sessions for free. However, there is a $50.00 free for meals and incidentals and an additional fee to attend a tour. 
Non Presenting Students -  Registration is $125.00. Plus an additional to attend a tour.
Students Participating in Contest -

Registration includes conference Luncheon and Breakfast and admission to the cultural event. (All registration fees can be paid through PayPal)

Hotel Registration Information

Hilton Garden Inn (formerly King Edward's Hotel)

235 West Capitol Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201, USA TEL: +1-601-353-5464

FAX: +1-601-353-5465

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Faculty/Professional Registration

i.Early (on or before Feb 6) - $275

ii.Regular (after Feb 6) - $300

iii.Life Member - $250

Student Registration

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ii.Presenting Students – Meals + Incidentals - $50

iii.Nonpresenting Students - $125

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Conference Volunteers Needed 
We are looking for volunteers to assist with some of the conference responsibilities. 
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Wood already touched by fire is not hard to set alight.

African Proverb


2018 Conference Coordinating Committee

Dr. tonya thames taylor

Dr. Abel Bartley - 2017 President

Dr. Wali Kharif

Dr. Andrew Baskin

Dr. Eunice Mathews Armstead

Dr. George Garrison

Dr. Ramona Houston

Dr. David Jackson

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We also welcome paper submissions to our annual peer reviewed journal The Griot:The Journal of African American Studies.

If you wish to submit your paper to the griot contact Co-Editors

Andrew Baskin

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and General Studies



Tashia Bradley

Senior Associate Dean of Students and Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs at Colby College and

For the 2018 Conference , SCAASI is working with Tougaloo College and Jackson State University, the City of Jackson, and the Mississippi Convention Center. 

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Schedule and conference speakers and special guest to be announced.