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Extended Deadline: Currents of the Black Atlantic
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CUNY Graduate Center, ESA 2014 Conference
Currents of the Black Atlantic
Opening Keynote: David Scott, Columbia University
Closing Keynote: Sibylle Fischer, New York University
CFP deadline: Abstracts of 300 words or less electronically to BlackAtlanticCurrents@gmail.com by 31 December 2013.
Two decades since its publication, Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic (1993) united conversations about race, place, diaspora, and slavery within the Atlantic world. This interdisciplinary conference takes as its point of departure Gilroy’s ethos of looking outside of and challenging established categories (such as those determined by nationalist modes of thought). In the spirit of thinking both with and beyond the Black Atlantic paradigm this conference seeks to create a space for scholars to negotiate its theoretical limits while gesturing towards alternative frames and futures for the Black Atlantic. This interdisciplinary conference revisits the roots and routes, the genealogies and the futures, of The Black Atlantic.
This conference invites critical and methodological conversations among students and faculty who have been theorizing ways that rethink diaspora, transatlantic cultures, race, historiographies, and notions of “modernity.” This conference aims to bring together scholars across disciplines and bridge conversations that will shift the grounds, directions, and temporalities of the Black Atlantic.
Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
Memory, Subjectivity, and the Black Diaspora
This is the annual conference of the English Student Association at the CUNY Graduate Center. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a 3-5 line bio, contact information, and a/v requests to BlackAtlanticCurrents@gmail.com. Additionally, feel free to submit abstracts as a fully formed panels and/or roundtables. We also welcome suggestions for non-traditional conference presentations.
The deadline for abstracts and other proposals is December 31st, 2013. Participants will be notified by the end of January.
For more information, visit the conference website: blackatlanticcurrents.wordpress.com