CFP: [African-American] The âTheorizing Blacknessâ Conference- 4/4/08- CUNY Graduate Center

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Alan R. Takeall
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The Africana Studies Group of the CUNY Graduate Center presents:

The “Theorizing Blackness” Conference

April 4th 2008

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

On April 4th, 1968 the esteemed civil rights leader and social
philosopher, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was gunned down in
Memphis, Tennessee thus marking what many regard as the closing bookend
of the mainstream African-American Civil Rights Movement. Since that
pivotal moment in 1968 (a watershed year in numerous other respects)
momentous sociopolitical, technological, and cultural changes have
occurred both within the United States and around the world. In light of
those substantial changes, “Theorizing Blackness” asks: What does
blackness mean in the current day? How is blackness conceived,
constructed, represented, and consumed. How has it changed or remained
the same? This conference aims to bring together thinkers from all
disciplines and all academic levels to interrogate these and other
relevant issues concerning the contemporary and future meanings of
blackness. We are currently requesting abstracts of 300 words or less
that address these questions and various other topics related to the
theme of blackness both within the United States and abroad. We welcome
submissions for individual papers or organized panels on particular
topics. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


* Gender
* Immigration and Internationalism
* Sexualities
* Class
* Self-Representation
* Identity
* Globalization
* (Post)Colonialism
* Media Representations
* Popular Culture
* Historical Contexts
* Public Intellectualism
* The Social Sciences
* Health and Illness
* The Humanities and the Arts
* Deviance, Crime and Criminalization
* Afrocentrism
* Afrofuturism
* Whiteness Studies
* Black/Ethnic Studies
* Education
* Multiculturalisms
* Academia
* Philosophy and Existentialism
* Activism and Resistance
* Music
* Religion
* Families
* Literature
* “Post-Blackness?”


All correspondence, including submissions, questions, and concerns,
should be directed to the conference Co-Chairs, Akissi Britton or Alan R.
Takeall, at:

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent to the email address
provided with your submission by November 9, 2007.

Thank you,

Alan R. Takeall
Conference Co-Chair and Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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