Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

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Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 & 11, 2014. The theme of this year's meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture," highlights the interconnections between the experiences of Blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world.

The conference kicks-off on April 10 with a Department of Pan African Studies open house at noon followed by a reception starting at 5 p.m. in the Uumbaji Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall. Student performances, "Under the Baobab: A Festival of Pan-African Arts," will follow the reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The keynote address and nine open sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11.

Dr. Horace Campbell, Professor of African American Studies and political science at Syracuse University and noted Pan-African scholar and writer, will deliver the keynote speech from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on April 11, during a lunch session in Ritchie Hall, Room 215. From his early years in Jamaica, Campbell has been involved in struggles for liberation, peace, and justice. Since his years in the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, he has been an influential force, offering alternatives to the hegemonic ideas of Eurocentrism. In an attempt to theorize new concepts of revolution in the 21st century Campbell has been seeking to popularize the philosophy of Ubuntu and to expand on his ideas of fractals and the importance of emancipatory politics. His new book, Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA, is about the centrality of the humanist philosophy of Ubuntu to emancipatory politics and the reconceptualization of revolution in the 21st century.

Session topics on April 11 include:
• Traditions and Aesthetics of Pan-African Music
• The Process of Acceptance: Being a White Instructor in a
Pan-African Studies Department
• Passing, Black Bodies and Race in Literature and Culture
• Cosmology, Migration and Endurance in the Caribbean and Latin America
• Education, Historical Relationships and Multinational Corporations in Africa
• Women and Power Across Boarders
• Media, Identity and Knowledge Preservation in Pan-African Cultures
• Language, Gender and Race in Literature and Literature Culture
• (De)Construction Femininity and Black Bodies
• Translating Africa, Translating the Diaspora: Transmitting the Black Experience

The conference registration fee is $50, for non-KSU participants, and includes a reception, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is free for KSU staff, faculty and students. There is a $30 fee for attendance with meals and African Community Theatre production on April 11, 2014. For more information on the conference and to register, please visit: