Currents of the Black Atlantic, ESA 2014 Conference

full name / name of organization: 
CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association

Two decades since its publication, Paul Gilroy's _The Black Atlantic_ (1993) united conversations about race, diaspora, modernity, and slavery within the Atlantic world. As its point of departure, the conference theme takes after Gilroy's ethos of looking outside of established racial and nationalist categories. Conference participants will look within and beyond disciplinary boundaries. By revisiting the roots and routes—the philosophical genealogies and the future directions—of _The Black Atlantic_, we aim to bring together the ongoing conversations among students and faculty who have engaged with Gilroy's heuristic paradigm. More specifically, we invite papers that, in light of _The Black Atlantic_, reexamine and theorize diaspora, transatlantic cultures, race, historiographies, and notions of "modernity." In the spirit of thinking both with and beyond the Black Atlantic critical framework, conference panelists will negotiate its theoretical limits while gesturing towards alternative frames and futures for _The Black Atlantic_. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

Memory, Subjectivity, and the Black Diaspora
Ethics, Archives, and Historiographies of the Black Atlantic
Early Modern Atlantic Crossings and Early Transatlantic Exchanges
Engenderings and Queerings of the Black Atlantic
Sounds and Music of the Middle Passage
Black Atlantic Matters: Things and Objects of the Middle Passage
The Black Pacific; Intersections of Race and Labor
Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies and the Black Atlantic

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a 3-5 line bio, contact information, and a/v requests to The deadline for abstracts is December 1st, 2013. Participants will be notified in early January. The conference will be held on March 14, 2014.