Spring Conference

2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes African Studies Conference

Pondering African Futures: Technologies and Strategies for Growth

May 11, 2019


The African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its second annual regional one-day conference on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes African Studies Conference creates a space for the sharing of ideas and broader intellectual engagement for Africanist faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.  Seeing the need for opportunities for scholarly development and networking among educators and researchers in African Studies outside of the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, we invite Africanists from universities, community colleges, HBCUs, and other academic institutions in the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and New York to participate in the conference.  The larger goal is to stimulate a regional intellectual community for Africanist scholars and researchers across a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and institutions.  Papers aligned with the conference theme or papers on other themes are all welcome.  Co-sponsors for this conference also include the Department of Africana Studies and the U.S. Department of Education, and the University Center for International Studies.


2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes African Studies Conference Agenda


Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all conference attendees. 


Venue: William Pitt Union - Ballroom (3959 Fifth Ave. Pgh, PA 15213).  University of Pittsburgh Campus Map  


Parking: There will be both garage and on-street metered parking available. Soldiers and Sailors Garage is located right across the street from the William Pitt Union and has a weekend rate of $5.00 for all day parking. Visitor Parking at Pitt.


Hotels: For those of you who are planning to stay overnight, there are a number of local hotels on and near campus. The three that are closest to the William Pitt Union are:


The Oaklander, A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel
5130 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
0.0 miles from Alumni Hall
By phone: Call 877-829-2429 and ask for the University of Pittsburgh Visitor’s Rate
Online:  Enter code 5UV

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
0.0 miles from Alumni Hall
For reservations, call 800-864-8287 and use code PADM
Area shuttle complimentary

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
0.5 miles from Alumni Hall
Area shuttle complimentary


Please click HERE for more lodging options. The above referenced discount codes are for visitors to The University of Pittsburgh. 



Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Patrick Manning


Dr. Patrick Manning is an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, Emeritus, at the University of Pittsburgh. The title of his presentation is, African Population and Migration: Past, Present, and Future. Dr. Manning served from 2008 to 2015 as founding director of the World History Center and as president of the American Historical Association in 2016-2017. Trained as a specialist in the economic history of Africa, he has become a specialist in world history overall, emphasizing the place of Africa and Africans in global affairs. His books on history of Africa and the African Diaspora include: The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (2009); Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, 2nd ed. (1999); Slavery and African Life (1990); and Slavery, Colonialism, and Economic Growth in Dahomey, 1640–1960 (1982). His major articles and book chapters on Africa and the diaspora include: “Historical Writing in Postcolonial Africa: The Institutional Context,” Intl J. of African Historical Studies (2019); “Mobility,” in Desai and Masquelier, Critical Terms for the Study of Africa (2018); “The Differences of Inequality in Africa,” in Hudson and Tribe, Contradictions of Capital (2016); “Locating Africans on the World Stage: A Problem in World History,” Journal of World History  (2015); “African Population, 1650–2000,” in Akyeampong et al., Africa’s Development (2014). “Africa’s Place in Globalization,” Journal of Globalization Studies (2014); and “African and World Historiography,” Journal of African History (2013). His next book is A History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System (2020).