Call for Abstracts “Let’s Talk About Hair: An Interdisciplinary Symposium”

Call for Abstracts

“Let’s Talk About Hair:  An Interdisciplinary Symposium”

Purdue University February 25, 2014



Spring semester 2014 The Purdue Black Cultural Center will host an exhibition titled “AFROS:  A Celebration of Natural Hair” photographs by Michael July.  The exhibit on loan from the Ft. Wayne Art Museum inspired by the original book captures the spirit and essence of the fro today and pays homage to the historical significance of natural hair iconic voyagers.  It shows pictorially the power, beauty and glorious nature of the Afro and tells the deeper “hairstory” of each of the models. 


Building on the theme of the AFROS exhibition, The Purdue University Black Cultural Center in conjunction with The Purdue University Graduate School’s Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs is inviting students to submit a proposal on the identity politics, product development, sociocultural significance, economic importance and/or scientific relevance of natural hair.  Students should explore how natural hair has been central to various topics and issues within academic disciplines and public discourse. 


Students whose abstracts are accepted will be required to present on February 25, 2014 from 2:00 -4:00pm to discuss their research or creative project.Monetary awards ranging from $500 -$1,000 will be given to the top presenters.


Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and must be submitted by Monday, January 27, 2014 utilizing the survey below:

Inquiries regarding the symposium may be made to Renee Thomas or Dr. Colleen Gabauer.


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