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  • 23 Dec 2020
  • 12:00 AM (PST)
  • 13 Mar 2021
  • 11:59 PM (PST)


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Sun, Soul, and Soil: Diasporic Blackness and Justice in Global Museums, Part Two

Call for Papers: Sun, Soul, & Soil: Diasporic Blackness, Part Two; Segunda Parte; Deuxième Partie; Apakan Meji; Hokkolen; De Pati


Please join us for the 43rd annual Association of African American Museums conference. Building on last year’s theme, we will continue to explore the theme Sun, Soul, & Soul: Diasporic Blackness, Justice, & Global Museums. We invite proposals that consider the global impacts and work of black institutions, reflect on concepts of justice within museums, and explores the African diaspora broadly defined.

Proposals might discuss the idea of diaspora, examine the role of cultural landscapes in shaping communities, and reflect on how our ties to land and place influence the approach of communities and museums to our work.

Papers, panels, interactive training, and presentations might consider the following questions:

Papers, panels, and presentations might consider the following:

●          How are African and African American museums addressing the diaspora?

●          How are museums defining and modeling justice-centered work in the 21st century?

●          How are museums engaging descendant communities?

●          How are museums dealing with the intersecting pandemics of COVID (16)19 and climate change?

●          How are museums reframing African and African American narratives “out of a concern for justice”?

●          How African American museums are planning for the America 250th.  

Threads & Paths

●          Digital Humanities & Digital Engagement

●          Art and the Diaspora

●          Community & Innovation

●          Global Engagement, Exploration, Global movements

●          Restorative Narratives & Storytelling for the 21st century

●          Family track for those attending with their museum professional friends and family


●          Workshops

●          Panels

●          Multimedia experiences

●          Tours

By submitting your proposal, you agree to AAAM's Code of Conduct, are willing to present in a virtual environment, and agree to have your session recorded and used by AAAM at a later date.

Session Topics should address best practices in one of the following areas:

Track 1: Audience Diversity (Relevance, Outreach and Responsiveness)

Track 2: Collections Information Management and/or Digitization (Archiving & Conserving)

Track 3: Financial Stewardship (Resource Management and Institutional Advancement)

Track 4: Leadership Development (Strategic Forecasting and Succession Planning)

Track 5: Organizational Development (Mission, Governance and Operations Planning)

Track 6: Visitor Experience (Education, Curation, Interpretation, Public Programs, and Exhibits)

Track 7: Advocacy (Creating Buy-In, Alliance Building among Funders and Policy Makers)

Track 8: Marketing (Social Media, and Audience Engagement)

Within these tracks, we encourage proposals for interactive trainings that engage the nuts and bolts of all aspects of your work from conception to implementation.

 Tips for Online Proposal Submissions:

Proposals must be submitted online via the AAAM online submission portal. 

Proposals must be submitted by a Current AAAM Member.

Session Organizers must input a User ID (email) and self-selected Password for use when submitting proposals on the AAAM website.

Both the user ID and Password should be retained in a safe place for future reference.

All required fields must be filled in order for the online application to be submitted.

Click the Register button to begin your session proposal online application.

Deadline for Session Proposals: Saturday, March 13th, 2021 (11:59 am PST)


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