Community, Empowerment & Leadership in Black Canada – Conference May

The 2nd Biennial Black Canadian Studies Association Conference


 Halifax, Nova Scotia, 21-24 May 2015

 The Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA) will host its 2nd Biennial Black Canadian Studies Conference, Community, Empowerment & Leadership in Black Canada, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 21 to 24 May 2015. To be held at Dalhousie University, the goal of the conference is to promote dialogue, critical reflection and nuanced perspectives on the past, present and future of Black leadership in Canada.

The conference presents an exciting opportunity to explore leadership and the Black community in Canada locally, provincially, nationally & globally from a variety of perspectives. Conference organizers welcome papers from an array of disciplines that explore the Black experience in Canada, as well as those, that address the nature of Black Canadian Studies using a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Disciplinary contributions are encouraged from, but not limited to, anthropology, history, criminology, literature, music, and political science. Moreover, scholars outside the humanities and social sciences, in such disciplines as business, law, the health professions, engineering and natural sciences, are encouraged to participate. We also welcome input and abstracts from activists, community developers and community historians.  

Placed within the context of leadership, capacity building and community empowerment, topics may include, but are not limited to:

* class

* nationality/ism

* gender

* race & ethnicity

* youth

* education/schooling

* sexualities

* Anti-Black racism

*institution building


* health

* Pan-Africanism


* immigration policy

*Black leadership historically

*political representation

* neoliberalism

* democracy

*Black communities and criminal justice

* arts & culture

* theology & religion

* vanguardism

The long history of Black people in Canada has been shaped by the struggle for human recognition, social justice and democratic participation. In the face of growing austerity, the reconfiguration of the Canadian state and the transformation of global political economy, it is imperative that we analyze the place of Black Canadians within these ongoing changes, the state of the of Black communities across Canada, and generate strategies for the future. The conference will provide a venue and space for these very important conversations, discussions and debates.

The conference will take place over three days from Thursday evening on 21 May to Sunday afternoon, 24 May. Plenary sessions and panels will occupy important places throughout the conference schedule. In addition to individual paper proposals, participants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels. Panels can be disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and furthermore can consist of academics and non-academics. Panels may consist of three to four papers addressing a coherent theme or issue. The organizing committee reserves the right to make changes in the overall configuration of panels.

All proposals are due by February 15, 2015. Individual and Panel proposals and abstracts should be between 150-250 words.

While conference organizers will attempt to secure financial assistance for students and participants outside North America, we are unable at this time to offer financial support. Participants should therefore anticipate full responsibility for their own expenses unless notified otherwise. We encourage participants who require a visa to enter Canada, to make arrangements as soon as possible. 

For proposal submission and further information please contact:

Community, Empowerment & Leadership in Black Canada

 Further details about BCSA are at 


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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