The Center for Diopian Inquiry and Research on Education as Culture Transmission (DIRECT Center) and The Office of International Programs at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York are soliciting papers for the 3rd annual Uncovering Connections: Cultural Endurance between Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean conference to be held March 15-16, 2002.
Conceptually, papers* should include
address and promote an understanding of African culture as inclusive of the culture of Africans on the continent and Africans throughout the world,
foster scholarship that illustrates and investigates the mechanisms through which African culture has survived despite invasions, enslavement and colonization and
encourage students to explore the cultural continuities between Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.
We invite the submission of papers, including literature reviews that focus on:
The intergenerational transmission of African culture (i.e. the role of parenting in the survival of African culture or documenting the knowledge and practices of elders in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas)
The retention of African culture and traditions (Africanisms) in the Caribbean and the Americas (i.e. spirituality, cultural norms, behaviors, patterns of speech, culinary arts, and aesthetic forms of expression whose roots are traceable to Africa)
Instances of cultural unity and/or similarities among African people throughout the world
The diverse mechanisms through which the transmission of African cultural knowledge has been disrupted (i.e. through colonization, enslavement, neo-colonialism, schooling etc)
The various approaches African people throughout the world use or have used to maintain, retain or rediscover their cultural knowledge and identity.
African culture as a source of understanding and action in the context of contemporary phenomena
Interested persons should forward a one to two-page proposal by December 1, 2001 to the address below. The deadline has been extended to December 21, 2001.
Notification of acceptance will be mailed by January 14, 2002.
Dr. Mwalimu J. Shujaa
Medgar Evers College-City University of New York
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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