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Now Accepting Submissions for the International Journal of Africana Studies

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The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world.  For 40 years our members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline.  Our commitment to putting theory into practice, however, has also led us to the front lines of community issues throughout the African Diaspora.  Our guiding philosophy is that education should engender both academic excellence and social responsibility.

Our members include top scholars, community leaders and students focused on a variety of issues related to the African World experience.

Conference Papers

NCBS 2016 Conference
Call for Papers
Forty Years of Black Studies in the Local, National and Global Spaces: Past Accomplishments and New Directions

On the heels of the establishment of the first generation of Black Studies departments and programs across the United States, starting from 1968, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte hosted a conference of Black Studies scholars in March 1975 to create a national organization that would help guide the standardization of the curriculum, mission, and the accreditation of Black Studies academic units. It was from that meeting that the National Council for Black Studies was created in July 1975. Forty years later, the field of Black Studies has grown into a formidable discipline and field of study with more than 200 degree programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels in the United States alone. The 2016 conference of the National Council for Black Studies offers a critical juncture to reflect on the difficulties and accomplishments that have accompanied the institutionalization of Black Studies in the academy, as well as the new opportunities and emerging challenges that deserve the attention of scholars, activists, and policy makers regarding the condition of black people globally.

Participants are invited to present new theoretical and empirical studies as well as new models of practice and social activism on a wide range of topics that deal with the Black experience globally and across time. The NCBS therefore invites abstracts for individual papers, panels, posters, roundtable discussions, and workshops on various aspects of Black Studies that are informed by historical and social science analyses, arts and literary criticism, philosophical reflections, and spiritual interventions, among others, especially as these may relate to the issues of race, migration, citizenship, social justice, Pan-Africanism, environmental and social sustainability, globalization, diaspora formations, development and economic empowerment, moral economy, community formation, sexuality, and gender.

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Journal Submissions

Now Accepting Submissions
International Journal of Africana Studies
Volume 14

The International Journal of Africana Studies welcomes essays presenting original scholarship that systematically examines aspects of the past and present experiences, characteristics, achievements, issues, and concerns of people of African descent worldwide. Each submission must be saved as a Microsoft Word file and sent electronically, as an attachment, to IJAS@ncbsonline.org. An essay also may be sent via postal mail to Bertis English, Editor, International Journal of Africana Studies, 210 G. W. Trenholm Hall, Alabama State University, 915 South Jackson Street, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104, USA. However, the service of an outside peer reviewer will not be secured until the editor receives the electronic submission. A hard copy not accepted for publication will be returned to its author only if a self-addressed and properly stamped envelope is provided in the original parcel.

Potential articles should be doubled spaced and not exceed thirty pages including footnotes, tables, and references. Each author’s name, academic or professional affiliation, rank or title, institution or organization, electronic-mail address, and telephone number should appear on a title or cover page. No identifying information of an author should appear anywhere else on a manuscript. The Turabian approach to citing sources, as presented in the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (2010), is preferred. However, an author may use the current scheme of the Modern Language Association or the American Psychological Association.

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Student Essay

Now Accepting Submissions
Student Essay Competition

Calling all students...! Submit your essay today to compete in the NCBS Annual Student Essay Competition!  Winners will be recognized at the March Conference Student Luncheon.  

1st Place -  $350.00
2nd Place - $250.00
3rd Place -  $125.00

1st Place -  $450.00
2nd Place - $350.00
3rd Place -  $225.00


Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Must bet typed in MS Word, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins left-to-right and top-to-bottom.

8.5" w by 11" high standard printing paper
Students are asked to document sources using either MLA or APA style guide.
Submissions MUST be mailed to the address below. Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted

Please include the following information on your COVER SHEET ONLY:
Class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student)
Mailing address
Telephone number
Email Address
Name of college or university
Name of Faculty Advisor

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