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AFRICAN ATHENA: BLACK ATHENA 20 YEARS ON...: A CONFERENCE
6-8 NOVEMBER 2008, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UK.
This is a Call for Papers from scholars of African Studies, Black British
Studies, African American Studies, of South Asia, of the Middle East, of
classicists, philologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and any
intellectual beyond these borders.
African Athena was Bernal's original title for Black Athena,
his "infamous" work that has confronted the modern academy with some of
the most challenging questions it has faced over the last twenty years.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks neither to demonize nor lionize
Bernal's book, but to open dialogue on the issues it has posed: can a myth
of Afrocentrism ever be a useful narrative in contemporary culture? How do
Africanizing and classicizing cultures interface and interpenetrate in the
arts and lives of Africans, Europeans, Caribbeans and Americans? Does
Black Athena offer new possibilities for comparison between African and
Jewish diasporas, cultures and struggles? How do we deal with the
difficult collusion of essentialist and poststructuralist discourses
in "postcolonial" thought? These issues are only a point of departure.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professors Martin Bernal, Paul Gilroy, Stephen
Howe, Partha Mitter, Valentin Y. Mudimbe, Patrice Rankine and Robert J.C.
Send proposals of up to 500 words by March 31 2008 to Dr. Daniel Orrells,
Department of Classics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.
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