[URBANTH-L]Call for Abstract
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International Conference Theorizing Africa/Black Diaspora: History and
The Center for Black Diaspora, African Identities: Journal of Economy,
Culture and Society (Routledge) and the University of South Africa Press are
pleased to announce an international conference on “Theorizing African/Black
Diaspora: History and Memory” to be held at DePaul University, May 19 and 20, 2006.
The conference explores the intellectual history, analytical and
interrogative discourses that constitute the distinctive and interdisciplinary field of
African/Black Diaspora Studies in the production of knowledge of the
deterritorialised and transnational nature of the African/Black Diaspora. Moving
beyond essentialist modes of theorizing about the emergent field of
African/Black Diaspora Studies, the conference provides a venue for a critical
exploration of history and memory and how these ideas illuminate the movement
(geographic, cultural, political and psychological) of the African/Black Diaspora in
the context of globalized and transnational spaces.
In the last half of the 20th century, African/Black Diaspora Studies emerged
as a critical space to interrogate dominant narratives and to
reconceptualize the histories, politics and cultures of the silenced voices of
African/Black diaspora in various academic fields. What is the state of knowledge of
African/Black Diaspora Studies at the present moment? In what ways does the
interdisciplinarity of the field contribute to theorizing African/Black Diaspora?
How does the present reconfiguration of various fields and blurred academic
boundaries provide new critical spaces to advance the field of African/Black
Diaspora Studies? What is the role of archives - past and present, embedded
and embodied memories in contributing to new frontiers of knowledge in
African/Black Diaspora Studies? How does the improvisational nature of African/Black
Diasporic culture and its radical narratives serve as sites for the
production of knowledge? In what ways does the field of African/Black Diaspora
Studies intersect and open new conversations with other diasporas about the past,
present and future?
University of South Africa
Selected papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of
African Identities, (Routledge), and an edited book as an outgrowth of the
conference is also planned.
Proposal of approximately 300 -- words abstract should be sent organizing
Committee by March 30,2006.
Conference Organizing Committee
Center for Black Diaspora
2320 N. Kemore Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3250
Proposals can be submitted by e-mail as a Microsoft attachment, with a
subject reading “Theorizing African/Black Diaspora” to: _bdiaspora at depaul.edu_
(mailto:bdiaspora at depaul.edu)
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