4th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference  

         Theme: "Changing Research for a Changing World"
                                           Atlanta, GA
                                    October 27 - 29, 2016

                         Keynote Speakers:

         Dr. Patricia Hill Collins      Dr. Ivory Toldson          Dr. Joy DeGruy

The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2016 conference themed “Changing Research for a Changing World.” This year’s meeting aims to address how recent social, political, and economic shifts have influenced our scholarship. Some of the questions we pose for the conference are: what specific local or global changes of the past decade have affected your research inquiries and in what ways has your research responded to these changes? What innovative and transformative approaches have you applied to facilitate a better understanding of social issues as well as theoretical dilemmas? How has your scholarship helped to foster change in your community, institution, or field? The Conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome. 


We will begin reviewing waitlist submissions in June and send acceptances out on a weekly basis as spots become available on open panels. We will end our review process in late August.

We accept abstracts from (1) individuals who wish to present on a panel and from (2) groups who want to create their own panel. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Submissions should be anonymous – please do not include your name or the name of your institution on the document. Include the title of your abstract and note whether it is an individual or a group submission. All group submissions require at least three presenters.

Submitting author will receive a confirmation message upon submitting the abstract. Acceptance announcements will be sent via email to the submitting author as spots become available on a panel that best suits the abstract. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance within 4 weeks or receiving their acceptance notification. Failure to register and confirm acceptance within 4 weeks following the acceptance email will result in rescinding acceptance.

The abstracts should be related to the conference theme and we have previously accepted topics such as:

• African / Latino Diaspora

• Art, Performance and Music

• Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consumerism

• Community Planning and Development Projects

• Discrimination

• Diseases, Vaccines, and Nutrition

• Gender and Cultural Difference

• Health, Economic, Social Disparities

• Mentorship

• Poverty

• Science, Technology, Engineering,  Mathematics (STEM)

• Service Learning and Civic Engagement

• Structural Inequalities

• Urban and Higher Education

• Youth and Family Dynamics

• Youth Programming


Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. You may not submit or take part in more than one presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. Individual presenters will be assigned to a panel and will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations.


In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference will have interactive roundtables. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community. Workshops on handling job talks, grant writing and proposals, balancing relationships, and stress and time management will also be addressed.


For questions regarding the Call for Papers please contact:

Kristina Nazimova               Kristina@blackphdnetwork.com