Post-Racial America?: An Interdisciplinary Conference--November 9 & 10, 2012

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Griot Institute for Africana Studies--Bucknell University
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The Griot Institute at Bucknell University announces and invites paper submissions for a conference entitled Post-Racial America?: An Interdisciplinary Conversation, to be held November 9th and 10th, 2012 in Lewisburg, PA. Keynote speaker: Farah Jasmine Griffin. Conference website: Abstracts due midnight Sept. 1, 2012 to

If "post-racial" means to live in a space where race is no longer significant or important, we might imagine that this sort of utopian ideal would be difficult to create and maintain, given the history of racism in the U.S. Yet the election of President Barack Obama in 2008-along with other cultural changes and events-has led many to ponder the possibility of a post-racial America. Does "post-racial" imply that race has become less determinative in American culture? If so, what are the manifestations and consequences of that change? Alternatively, is the concept of post-raciality another manifestation of the mask-a way of burying the persistence of racism under the veneer of progress, inclusion, and diversity? Given the salience of the idea of post-raciality, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies invites scholars and artists to explore these and other questions at our interdisciplinary mini-conference to be held in the direct wake of the upcoming 2012 election-another locus for the post-racial debate. We hope for a generative, intimate conversation and welcome traditional scholarly papers, as well as creative and performative responses to the topic. All presentations will be considered for inclusion in a conference book publication.

Our keynote speaker will be Farah Jasmine Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Griffin received her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is the author of Who Set you Flowin - The African-American Migration Narrative (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995) as well as If You Can't Be Free, Be a Mystery. In Search of Billie Holiday (New York: The Free Press, 2001) and Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane and The Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne Press, 2008). Her most recent book, Harlem Nocturne: Black Women Artists and Politics in Mid-Century New York, will be published by Basic Books in 2013.

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be sent as Word attachments to Only e-mail submissions will be considered. Conference presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes. The abstract submission deadline is midnight September 1, 2012. Abstracts must include presenter's name, title, affiliation, physical mailing address, e-mail address, phone number(s), and any audio/visual requests. Presenters will be notified of status by September 15th. All presenters and attendees must register for the conference to attend.

For complete conference information and to register, please visit conference website: