"Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora" 4/22-24/2010; deadline 12/15/09

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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; The City College of New York

"Let Spirit Speak!
Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora"
April 22-24, 2010
The City College of New York
New York, NY

In many traditional African cultures, there is unity in the material and the spiritual, in the seen and unseen. There is no difference between the sacred and the secular within this system of thought: everything is imbued with the spirit of God. Binaries that dominate Western thought (man/woman; mind/body; light/dark; good/evil) do not function in the same way within these cultures, as the emphasis is not on extremes but on balancing these radical differences, on reconciling them.

In this three-day conference, we wish to celebrate the myriad manifestations of life in the languages and literatures, the music and arts of the African Diaspora. We will rejoice in the multiple expressions of life, giving voice and paying homage to the ancestors.

We invite scholars and cultural workers from all areas of arts and humanities:
Art, Dance, Drama, English, Ethnic Studies, Film, Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, International Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion.

We invite paper abstracts and complete panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals on all aspects of the cultural manifestations of the African Diaspora. Submissions should detail requests for specific audiovisual equipment, if needed. We also ask that a proposal for a complete panel, roundtable, or workshop include a brief description of the theme as well as abstracts for all speakers. Abstracts should be a minimum of 300 words. We welcome presentations in all of the languages of the African Diaspora in the Americas.

The deadline for abstracts and proposals is December 15, 2009.

Selected papers from the conference will be published as conference proceedings.

Please email abstracts to Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés at culturaljourneys2010@gmail.com.

The conference website is forthcoming at www1.ccny.cuny.edu/culturaljourneys