This symposium provides 14 Luso-Africanist scholars the opportunity to discuss a plurality of ideas about Portugal and West African societies' positions in modifying the Atlantic world. The multidisciplinary atmosphere encourages collaboration between diverse research and theoretical perspectives focused on topics such as culture contact and change, ethnic relations, identity formation, transnational networks, neo/post-colonialism, globalization, etc. This symposium explores three important questions: (1) How were the Portuguese unique in their maritime conduct? (2) How did African societies react to, adapt to, and resist Portuguese expansion? (3) How do these real and imagined histories influence contemporary African societies’ worldviews?
Dr. Jason Young from UB’s history department is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker and moderator for this symposium. Dr. Young received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2002 and was just named 2005-06 Ford Foundation Fellow. His current research includes the Black Atlantic, U.S. Slave culture and religion, and pre-colonial Kongo. Dr. Young is currently finishing a book titled “Rituals of Resistance: The Making of an African-Atlantic Religious Complex in Kongo and the Lowcountry in the Era of Slavery”.
Each presenter will be given twenty minutes followed by ten minutes for a question and answer period. Scholars already scheduled to attend include: (1) Walter Hawthorne, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University, (2) Joanna Davidson, Department of Anthropology at Emory University, (3) Edda Fields, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University, (4) Gérald Gaillard, Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lille 1, (5) Joshua B. Forrest, Director of the Kerr Institute of African History, Culture & Politics and Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Political Science at La Roche College., and (6) Isabel P. B. Feo Rodrigues, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
WHEN: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, April 22, 2006
WHERE: The State University of New York at Buffalo
120 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14261-0005
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: Friday, March 10, 2006
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
PRESENTATION FORMAT: Papers should be no longer than 20-30 minutes in length (8-10 pages 12 font, double-spaced).
Please submit the following items for the committee’s consideration as a Microsoft Word document by disk or electronically via e-mail:
1. an ABSTRACT of no more than 300 words. The title should appear clearly at the top of the abstract; the presenter’s name should not appear on the abstract.
2. a COVER SHEET with the following information: presenter’s name; presentation title; institutional affiliation (including department) and academic status; phone number, street and e-mail addresses; A/V needs; and a 50 word bio.
(UPON ACCEPTANCE: abstracts, affiliation, email addresses and bios will be reproduced in a booklet for all presenters).
State University of New York at Buffalo
Department of Anthropology
Buffalo, NY 14261-0005
ATTN: Brandon Lundy
PLEASE NOTE: Should your abstract be accepted, you will be required to provide a copy of your paper to the Committee by NO LATER THAN APRIL 8 so that the moderator will have time to review your work.
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