The Black Arts Movement in the United States and Algeria

deadline for submissions: 
August 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Faculté des Langues Etrangeres/Université Abd el Hamid Ibn Badis/Algeria

International Conference on

“The Black Arts Movement in the United States and Algeria

18-19 November, 2019



Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

I. Segregation and Colonialism

I.1. James Baldwin on Justice/Injustice in the Algerian Context

I.2. Dr. Martin Luther King and Ahmed Ben Bella: “Linking Two Injustices”

I.3. Ben Bella, W. E. Dubois and Pan-Africanism

II. The Emergence of the Black Arts Movement

II.1. Negroes with Pens: Male/Female Novelists/ Musicians/ Playwrights etc

II.2. “Negroes with Guns”: The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

III. The Black Arts Movement in Algeria

III.1. Connecting Roots: Algeria and the First Pan-African Festival

III.2. Algeria’s Franz Fanon and the Coining of Black Power

III.3.The Revolutionaries: The Black Panther Party in Algeria

III.4.The Cultural Nationalists in Algeria: Emory Douglas/ Archie Shepp/ Nina Simone etc.

IV. Assessing the Role of Algeria and the Future of the Black Arts Movement

IV.1. The Afropolitan Experience

IV.2. Afro-CentrismIV.3.Afro-Futurism/ Black Panther Film/Afro-defeatism

V. Assessing the 1960s and 1970s

V.1. Have the Sixties and Seventies had an impact on today’s world?

V.2. Is travelling back to the 1960s and 1970s but a matter of sheer nostalgia?

V.3. Can we consider the 1960s as a short-lived turmoil or a starting point for reforms in the short and long range?

V.4. Are the visions/expectations of the 1960s and 1970s being countered?

Participants are invited to send a 250 word abstract by June 30, 2019, accompanied by a max two- page long cv to:

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