* DEADLINE EXTENDED* Oct. 14 NEMLA 2014 "The Future of Black Studies: Past and Present"

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Black Studies, as a phrase, have more prominently reentered the lexicon of academics in the recent years more prominently. Black Studies, argues Sylvia Wynter, "were to find their original transgressive intentions defused" in favor of promoting multicultural and ethnic studies programs that supported the universalizing logics "against which the challenges of [Black Studies, Black Power, and Black Arts] had been directed in the first place." Jared Sexton, seeking to complicate and refigure culture studies proposes, "All researches, insofar as they are genuinely critical inquiries, aspire to black studies." Finally, Sabine Broeck, at a recently delivered talk, concentrated these thoughts into the following statement: "Black Studies is Humanities Studies."
This panel explores the intellectual, cultural, social, literary, weight of these five simple words. How can the critical interventions made by these critics within Black Studies reconfigure--or disrupt--broader critical debates within the Humanities? How might grounding ourselves within a critique of liberal Humanism reframe our understanding of theorizations behind something like post-humanism? Might a criticism of post-humanism necessitate a return to the body? Thinking more historically, how were narratives of protest and intellectual resistance defused of their urgency? What methodologies, objectives, and ethics might emerge from a reassertion of the urgency behind Black Studies? Finally, what is the state of Black Studies in the academy today, and where do we see it headed? Papers may choose explore these questions as well as the following topics: The intersections of (queer) theory and Black Studies; historical theorizations of Blackness; pedagogical approaches to teaching Blackness and race/racism; anti-humanism.

Updated Deadline: October 14, 2013. Please submit 300-word abstracts, contact information, and a brief biography to Diego Millan (diego.millan@tufts.edu).