HERMAN C. HUDSON SYMPOSIUM
Theme: CHALLENGING RACISM, (HETERO) SEXISM, CLASSISM, & HOMOPHOBIA IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PATRICIA HILL COLLINS*
Racism, (Hetero) Sexism, Classism, and Homophobia are critical, often under-interrogated issues in the African Diaspora (understood in its most inclusive sense). We seek papers exploring these issues from interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives to be presented at a one-day, international conference on April 16, 2005. We are interested in topics that explore questions pertaining to the cultural, educational, economic, historical, intellectual, political, and social experiences of African descent and African origin people in the U.S., and the broader African Diaspora in relation to this yearís theme.
Interested presenters should submit a one-page abstract (with academic affiliations indicated) and a one-page CV. Panel proposals should include a description of the panelís theme, a one-page abstract of each paper, the name of the panel chair, and a one page CV from each participant.
All materials should be sent to the attention of Jennifer Heusel and Amina McIntyre via e-mail (e-mail address provided below), or fax (-1-812-855-4432), or mail (African American and African Diaspora Studies; Memorial Hall East; 1021 East 3rd Street; Bloomington, IN, 47405-2201; USA). Deadline: March 11, 2005.
*Patricia Hill-Collins received her BA and PhD degrees from Brandeis University and an MAT degree from Harvard University. While her specialties in sociology include such diverse areas as sociology of knowledge, organizational theory, social stratification and work and occupations, her research and scholarship have dealt primarily with issues of gender, race and social class, specifically relating to African American women. She is also a member of the Women's Studies Program. She has published many articles in professional journals and edited volumes. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, published in 1990, has won many awards. Her second book, Race, Class and Gender: An Anthology (edited with Margaret Andersen), originally published in 1992 with a second edition in 1995, is widely used in undergraduate classrooms throughout the United States. Professor Collins has taught at several institutions, held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States, served in many capacities in professional organizations and has acted as consultant for a number of businesses and community organizations. She is currently completing her third book, tentatively titled Fighting Words, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. In recognition of her numerous accomplishments, Professor Hill Collins has been named Charles Phelps Taft Professor, the first female in UC history to hold this title.
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