Urban Humanities Convergence | March 16-18, 2016

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Essex County College Humanities Division
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Urban Humanities Convergence
March 16-18, 2016

As the world becomes more urbanized, we seek to understand how the Humanities engages with and contributes to urban communities. The Urban Humanities Convergence will interrogate notions of urban spaces, identities and movements by bringing together scholars, artists and activists working within these terrains. From anti-gentrification activism to art movements, from urban fiction to graphic novels, the conference will encompass a wide range of disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary inquiry beyond the ivory tower.

The Urban Humanities Convergence will also highlight Newark's 350th anniversary as a city by including events in conjunction with Newark 350, a year long celebration of one of America's oldest and greatest cities.

We especially welcome panels, screenings, exhibits, performances, interactive events, etc. on the following topics:

--Urban Identities and Intersectionalities across Race, Gender, Class, Citizenship Status and Sexual Orientation
--Gentrification
--Urban Social Movements and Struggles
--Newark's 350th Anniversary
--Urban Music Genres
--Urban Fiction
--Graphic Novels
--Film Noir/Noir Fiction
--Housing and Architecture

Abstracts should be 300 words in length and must be submitted via the submission form at http://goo.gl/forms/Jai4DFz0KN by January 31st, 2016.

The Conference Coordinators may be contacted at: Dr. Eileen De Freece (defreece@essex.edu) and Prof. Jina Lee (jlee6@essex.edu).

The Conference will take place at Essex County College in downtown Newark, New Jersey. The college is accessible by public transportation (approximately 20 minutes via train) from Manhattan and other areas within the state.