2014 SACS Conference

Sponsored by Savannah State University

"Black Experience, Culture and the Diaspora in North America."

Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014

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The Southern Association for Canadian Studies (SACs) are excited to announce our upcoming annual conference Call for Proposals for "Black Experience, Culture and the Diaspora in North America." Please see the attached flyer for information. The conference will be held on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 on the Campus of Savannah State University in historic Savannah, Georgia.

SACs is proud to Announce our  Keynote Speaker will be Canadian Author Lawrence Hill the famous novelist and memoirist! Hill is the author of seven books. His three novels are Some Great Thing (1992),Any Known Blood (1997) and The Book of Negroes (2007) [published in the United States under the title Someone Knows My Name].  

His non-fiction books are: Trials and Triumphs: The Story of African-Canadians (1993), Women of Vision: The Story of the Canadian Negro Women's Association (1996), Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001), and The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, with Joshua Key (2007).


This specialized conference features multi-disciplinary works on the tapestry of the Black Experience in North America inclusive of the experiences of persons of African Ancestry in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and United States that define the Africana Diaspora on the Continent. Papers, presentations, panels, case studies, displays and innovative works will cover topics ranging from anthropology, art, geography, history, literature, politics, philosophy, and sociology, to name a few fields to be represented. The open line of inquiry requested of presenters represents the strength of this conference program and  is meant to encourage discovery and challenge intellectual and conceptual boundaries of current research and thinking on the diaspora in North America (with particular interest in Canada).


Submission Information:  For those interested in submitting an academic/discussion paper, please provide (by email attachment) a one page abstract that includes a title, focus of the paper, discipline represented, contribution to an understanding of the diaspora in North America and Canada, summary of related treatments and importance or implications of the work. See LINK HERE


All proposals must be submitted by email to Dr. Robert W. Smith at  and please include your phone number and full contact information. Also please direct any questions to Dr. Smith by email.





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