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Call for Papers:


*October 31 - November 1, 2009*

*UC Santa Cruz*

[image: Angela Davis]
For almost four decades, Angela Y. Davis’s scholarship and activism has
defined the meaning and practice of being a public intellectual and has
radically transformed many sites of knowledge production, including the
positioning of the U.S. academy as a site of intervention and social
transformation. Few professors have had such a broad impact in their fields
of expertise or on the world in their lifetimes. This gathering of her
former students, in conversation with scholars nationally, maps the impact
of her vision on issues such as democratic theory, philosophy, Marxism,
cultural studies/popular culture, social policy, race, class, and feminisms.
Professor Davis has also trained students as activist scholars for almost
four decades in both university systems in California. We thus convene this
conference to examine the poetics and politics of Professor Davis’s pedagogy
in California over the past forty years (1969-2009) and to consider how her
role as an activist scholar/teacher bridges the academy/community divide and
dismantles the false dichotomy of theory/praxis.

*Interested scholars and activists are invited to submit abstracts for
fifteen to twenty-minute presentations addressing the work of Angela Y.
Davis for the following four panels *(please indicate which panel you wish
to participate in). A fifth panel, Legacies in the Making, facilitated by
Professor Bettina Aptheker, is by invitation. Questions and inquiries may be
directed to: davissymposium2009 at gmail.com.*

*Abstracts must include your name, professional title and affiliation,
e-mail address and telephone, a presentation title, and should be 500-700
words in length.* Please mail your submission, subject heading "AYD
abstract," to: ihr at ucsc.edu as a pdf file by August 15, 2009. *For more
information, please see
*Panel 1: Voices of Resistance*
Facilitator: *Rashad Shabazz*, George Washington Henderson Post Doctoral
Fellow, Geography, University of Vermont.
This panel addresses themes of institutional persecution and individual and
collective resistances. Institutions can include, but are not limited to,
the prison industrial complex, the state, schools, the workplace, and the
home, and resistances might be anything from direct action to cultural
production and pedagogy.

*Panel 2: Race, Gender, and Politics*
Facilitator: *Kehaulani Kauanui*, American Studies, Anthropology, Wesleyan
In this panel presenters will be discussing how Angela Davis’s framing of
race, gender, and politics have affected their work. Papers may also address
the history and legacy of Davis’s political affiliations by identifying a
particular argument or theoretical approach from Davis’s texts or lectures,
and by discussing how their work builds upon that approach.

*Panel 3: Cultural Legacies*
Facilitator: *Kevin Fellezs*, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and
Arts, UC Merced.
Papers in this panel will connect the presenters’ work with Angela Davis’s
analyses of such cultural productions as the Blues and visual
representation, and the complex relationship of culture to race, gender,
class, and sexuality.

*Panel 4: Are Prisons Obsolete?*
Facilitator: *Sora Han*, Criminology, Law and Society, UC Irvine.
Angela Davis’s contribution to critiques of state violence and the prison
industrial complex is considerable; the papers in this panel will explore
how panelists have drawn on that work to inform their own related projects.

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