Freedom or Liberation?: The Meanings of Autonomy in the Diaspora
North Carolina Central University invites proposals for the fourth annual African Diaspora Studies Symposium, to be held March 24-25, 2012. This year's theme is "Freedom or Liberation?: the Quest for Autonomy in the Diaspora." Liberation and freedom have been constant themes for Africans in the diaspora, from the commencement of the slave trade until today. As such, they have taken on myriad forms and meanings. From the philosophies of Edouard Glissant and Franz Fanon to the literature of Maryse Conde and Sam Selvon, from the music of Choc Quib Town and Uruguayan candombe to social movements protecting African migrants in Europe or protesting ongoing health disparities, all pertain-in one way or another-to the liberation struggle of diasporic communities. In keeping with the breadth of the Liberal Arts, we seek proposals for papers, panels, performances (music or theater), film, and graphic art from any branch of diaspora studies. The symposium has typically brought together an international array of scholars, activists, and artists, representing disciplines as varied as Public Health and performance art. This symposium seeks to explore the ways that diasporic communities have asserted-and continue to assert-themselves in seeking autonomy, liberty, and justice.
North Carolina Central University, located in the heart of Durham, was founded in 1910 and is the first state-supported liberal arts institution to serve the black population. The University prides itself on its relations with its Durham neighbors, and the NCCU African Diaspora Studies Symposium encourages input and participation from both academics and the community.
This two-day symposium is free and open to the public. It will be held on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC on March 24 and 25, 2012.
Papers and submission:
Individual abstracts should be 250 words or less and panel abstracts should be 750 words or less. Abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Please include, for all participants, a five-line biography with institutional/organizational affiliation and contact information.
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