Scholars and researchers, please join the Department of Africana Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a stimulating exploration of the past, present, and future of the African Diaspora. Seen as perhaps the quintessential global periphery, Africa and its Diaspora stand at the center of this conference. We hope to generate new perspectives toward these areas by encouraging scholarship that interrogates the Diaspora’s role in broad historical and sociological trends, innovations in literature, music, and art, and geopolitical developments.
We seek papers that grapple with the complexities of identity and community among African-descended peoples throughout the Diaspora and on the continent itself. We also intend to spur debate about the analytical utility of terms such as “Diaspora” and “globalization.” To what extent, for instance, can the process(es) of Diaspora help us understand the centuries-old but recently accelerated phenomenon of globalization? This conference seeks to engage the community of scholars of various regions and epistemologies of the Diaspora in discussions regarding the centering, re-imaging and transnationalizing of Africana-related theories, concepts and ideas.
We hope to facilitate the gathering and interaction of the largest number of Africa and African Diaspora specialists as well as generalists and focus on the most pressing existential, ideological, and intellectual issues affecting the Black World across time and space.
Ms. Elsie Byrd, Office Manager
Dr. Robert S. Smith, Asst. Professor
Department of Africana Studies, Macy Building 204A
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