The Black Arts Movement in the United States and 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:
Queries: please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org