DIASPORIC ENCOUNTERS AND COLLABORATIONS
The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)
Third Biennial Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 5-7, 2005
The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) was created as an avenue through which scholars, activists, policy-makers, and others can discuss ideas concerning the state of the global African Diaspora and connect these ideas with concrete concerns and actions. Recognizing both the unity and the diversity of the African Diaspora, ASWAD conferences facilitate, in workshops, roundtables and panels, the exchange of information and knowledge about issues confronting African Diasporan populations around the world.
ASWAD has selected Brazil, the country with the largest African descendant population in the Americas and, after Nigeria, in the world, as the venue of its third biennial conference in recognition of both the historic place of Brazil within the Diaspora and the prevalent Africanity of its national culture. Brazil is traversing a most intriguing moment in Brazilian, South American and Lusophone history due to its population growth-180 million souls-and its current racial policies that favor the interests of its substantial population of African descent. According to the national census, the African descendant population of Brazil is approximately 90 million people, 50% of the total, and the city of Rio has almost 6 million inhabitants, of whom 52% are of African descent. In addition, ASWAD is aware of the increasing involvement of the Brazilian government with present-day Africa, highlighting a whole range of issues including North-South trade, debt relief, and the fight again st pandemic disease.
The official conference languages will be Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided for all major events.
Abstracts of conference presentations or proposed panels should be double-spaced, 300 words or no more than 1 page. These should be sent to email@example.com by March 1, 2005.
Conference Themes will include but are not restricted to the following:
Relationships and Connections between Africa and its Diasporas
Afrogenic Epistemologies and Hermeneutics: Conceptualizing the African Diaspora from the Inside
The Pre-Columbian African Presence in the Americas
The Diaspora as Imagined Community
Africa and the Development of the Americas and Europe
Twenty-First Century Pan-Africanism
Twenty-First Century Racism and Anti-racism
African and Diasporic Intellectuals and Discussions of a "Black Atlantic"
The Indian Ocean African Diaspora
Wars, Dysfunctional States, Refugees and Migration
Diasporic Languages and Linguistics
Expressive Culture as Boundaries and Linkages between Diasporic Populations
The Media and Diaspora Representations
Independent Film and the Reconstruction of the Black Image
African and Diasporic Oratures as Historic Sites of Struggle
Economies of the African Diaspora
Gender and Class in Trans-National Perspective
Non-governmental Organizations as Catalysts for Change or as Cultural Imperialists
Human Rights within the Diaspora: Issues of Autonomy and Interventions
African Diaspora Youth Attitudes and Behaviors
The Plight of Black Children Globally and its Implications for the Future
African and Diaspora Theologies and their Relationships with Ethics and Law
African Diasporan Spiritualities
Health Care Issues in African and African Diasporan Communities
Diasporic Collaborations-Santiago +5
Resistance and Marooning
Sustainable Development in the Diaspora
Education in and about the African Diaspora
Business and Entrepreneurship in the African Diaspora: Then and Now
Registration for participation/observation is US$50 for participants from the US and Europe. Registration for participants and observers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa is US$30 (or equivalent in reais).
The Conference site will be the five-star Sofitel-Copacabana Hotel, wonderfully located on one of the world's most beautiful beaches. The hotel, just 10 km from the domestic airport and 25 km from the international airport, is close to the downtown financial center and 30 km from Rio Centro, the city's main exhibition space.
October is in the middle of Rio's spring, with a temperature of 65-75F. This is usually a busy period for cultural events such as the International Film, Music, Theater, and Dance Festivals. Participants may want to extend their stay to experience the flavor of Rio for the weekend or to examine other historic sites in Bahia, Minas Gerais, and beyond.
The Sofitel-Copacabana has offered ASWAD participants a special group rate for double occupancy at US$150 per night, which includes a marvelous breakfast buffet. After August 15, 2005, the same accommodations will be US$170. The Sofitel-Copacabana will accept reservations on-line. For more information go to and search for Hotel Sofitel Rio de Janeiro . Participants may also make reservations on-line via the ASWAD web site, or a hotel reservation form may be downloaded and faxed to the Sofitel-Copacabana.
ASWAD participants are encouraged to take advantage of the Sofitel-Copacabana's extraordinary offer for not simply a conference, but an exquisite Brazilian experience at reduced conference rates. There are alternative accommodations at three and four star hotels: see Hotel Luxor Regente ****, Hotel Debret***, or Hotel SESC/Copacabana**/*** ; however, ASWAD hopes everyone will come together at Sofitel-Copacabana.
All airline rates for 2005 are subject to change after November 30, 2004 and no prices are guaranteed until reservations are made! (The following prices will be updated after the first of the year.)
Brazilian American Cultural Center Travel gives the following estimates for travel between Oct.4-9, which include a Saturday night stay-over:
New York to Rio- Varig- $696.00
Los Angeles to Rio- Varig- $822, United- $800, Continental- $801.00
Miami to Rio- American- $570.00
For further info, please check ASWAD's website at the web address below.
Michael A. Gomez
Professor and Chair
Department of History
New York University
53 Washington Square South, 7th Flr
New York, NY 10012-1098
212-995-4017 (Fax) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.aswadiaspora.org
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