African Athena was the original title of Martin Bernal's epochal "Black Athena". This conference seeks to re-open dialogue on the urgent and pressing questions and issues Bernal's work poses: can a myth of Afrocentrism ever be a useful narrative in contemporary culture? How do Africanizing and classicizing cultures interface and interpenetrate in the arts and lives of Africans, Europeans, Caribbeans and Americans? Does Black Athena offer new possibilities for comparison between African and Jewish diasporas, cultures and struggles? How do we deal with the difficult collusion of essentialist and poststructuralist discourses in postcolonial thought? These are merely points of departure...
Keynote Speakers: Martin Bernal, Paul Gilroy, Shelley Haley, Stephen Howe, Partha Mitter, Valentin Mudimbe, Patrice Rankine and Robert Young.
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