The African Diaspora has been historically conceived as originating with the Transatlantic Slave trade. However, some would argue that to perceive the African Diaspora only in relation to slavery is to obscure alternative means of conceptualizing the movement of Black bodies.
As scholars committed to interdisciplinary research, the Graduate Society of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University brings together scholars, community activists, artists, and other professionals to interrogate definitions of, theorize about, and imagine new possibilities for the African Diaspora.
Symposium papers will address the following topics:
• What are the practical applications of African American and African Diaspora Studies/Black Studies in the 21st century?
• How do migrations – local, national and international – affect diasporic identities?
• How does contemporary audio/visual media and popular culture help to re-imagine the borders of diasporic communities?
• How do outliers serve as change agents in these communities?
• What are the ways that the academy can engage in constructive dialogues with nonacademic communities?
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