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Call for Papers: AAHGS 30th Conference

30th Annual AAHGS Conference

Standing Tall on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors: 30th Annual Conference of Research and Discovery, 6-9 November 2008

University of Maryland Marriott Inn and Conference Center
Adelphi, Maryland

Call for Proposals

The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2008 Conference Call for Papers, to be presented at our next annual Conference on the University of Maryland Campus, Marriott Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi Maryland, on November 6-9, 2008.

The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African American, Caribbean, Native American genealogy and the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora.

Authors and possible candidates for keynote and general assembly gatherings may also submit their proposals.

The following focus areas are offered as suggestions for session topics

-African American History
-Caribbean-American Research
-African American Migration (varied)
-Periods of War: Revolutionary War; Civil War; WWI; WWII; Korean War, Vietnam
-Use of Technology in research (not product sales presentations)
-Church/Religious History in the African American Experience
-The Civil Rights Movement
Research methodologies (various levels)
-State Specific Research Resources
-Adoption Records
-Local history, i.e. town histories; institutions; industrial history as it relates to the African American experience
-Native American/African American experience
-Black Inventors
-Blacks in Antiquity
-Blacks in the West;

The topics are merely suggestions. We are looking for presenters that have solidly researched their topic area, are able to inform a diverse audience and deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations.

Proposal Format:
-Session title
-Name(s) of Session Presenters - indicate lead
-Research skill level of audience
-Purpose/learning objective
-Session Description - Provide narrative of information to be covered in the presentation (This information will be included in the Conference Syllabus)
-Include presenter(s) biographical information
-Include list of resources and/or bibliography
-A/V Requirements (this must be included in your initial proposal):
-Please indicate the type of audio/visual equipment that will be required for your presentation. Examples: I will be using PowerPoint for my presentation. I will bring my own laptop, but will need a projector
I will use PowerPoint and will provide my own equipment
I am using PowerPoint and will need a laptop, and projector from AAHGS

-Finally indicate if you need an overhead projector, slide projector, TV/VCR, DVD, flip chart, portable sound system, microphone, table or podium.

Submissions should be forwarded, preferably via email, no later than April 30, 2008.

Proposals should not exceed 12 pages and must include all required information. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be made within 10 days of receipt of proposal. Be sure to include complete name, email, postal mailing address and telephone number(s).

All presenters agree to participate at their own expense. A token of appreciation is offered, however it does not cover conference costs. Please take this into consideration before submitting or agreeing to participate.

Session materials, bios, etc. will be included in the Conference Syllabus.

For more information: Contact Charles A. Howard, Vice President for Genealogy Submission may be done either via email to:
Or via postal mail to:

Charles A. Howard, Conference Chair
21 Longfellow Street, NE
Washington, DC 20011-2441
(202) 722-0408

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