April 10, 2017
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Humanities New York: James Baldwin's America

Wednesdays: April 19 and 26 / May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Join us for a series of readings of works by James Baldwin, including Early Novels & Stories and Collected Essays, both edited by Toni Morrison. Books will be provided and a light dinner will be served.

Adelphi University, Ruth S. Harley University Center

April 19: Rooms 213 and 214, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: Rooms 215 and 216, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Nassau Community College, College Center Building

April 26: Rooms 252 and 253
  • 5:00pm - 6:45pm: I Am Not Your Negro, an award-winning documentary by Raoul Peck
  • 6:45pm - 8:00pm: Book discussion
RSVP to darling@adelphi.edu or (516) 877-4980.
Seating is limited.

Sponsored by Humanities New York, the Nassau Community College Department of Africana Studies and the Adelphi University Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies

Should you, or your guests require an accommodation based on a disability, or need to request an ASL interpreter, please contact the Student Access Office by phone at (516) 877-3806 or email at SAO@adelphi.edu. Please allow for a reasonable time frame prior to the event; we suggest a minimum of five business days.

50 Years After: History, Memory and Legacy of the Nigeria-Biafra War

Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois

September 1-2, 2017

Since the passage of the Genocide Convention, the world has seen and witnessed several genocides in the last sixty years. Some of the significant genocides that have occurred in Africa in recent times include Igbo/Biafra, Rwandan and Darfur genocides. These genocides, as was the case of the Armenian, Kosovan genocides, all reflect the historical conflagration of human bestiality, age old prejudices and biases that resonate with Nazi trivialization of Jewish personhood - in shape, though not in magnitude. However, unlike the Jews, Armenians, Rwandan and Darfur genocides, the Igbo genocide has been neglected by scholars, activists, and community and national leaders. The reluctance or indifference to a systematic study and documentation of the Igbo experience in Nigeria stems from the attempt to subvert a focus on the Igbo Genocide and the impact of war generally.

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970), we invite scholars, community activists and human rights practitioners to an International Conference to be held at Dominican University, Chicago, to address the following issues: history and memory of the war; the status of academic research on the Igbo genocide; impact of the war on children; an integrated international human rights response; international criminal law perspective; and role of civil society, community and international organizations.

The conference is jointly coordinated by Professor Nkuzi Nnam, Director, Director Black World Studies, Dominican University, Chicago (nkuzi@dom.edu) and Professor Chima Korieh, Director, Biafra War Oral History Project (chima.korieh@gmail.com)
The conference committee will be pleased to welcome 300-word abstract no later than June 10, 2017. Please include a 50 word biographical data and as well as the author's name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation. A full version of the paper to be presented should be submitted by August 20, 2017.

Emil your abstract to: chima.korieh@gmail.com

The conference registration fee is $150 for regular faculty and other participants and $100 for students.

This conference is jointly sponsored by Department of Black World Studies, Dominican University, Transatlantic Research Group, Igbo League, Inc., and Biafra War Oral History and Documentation Project.

State of Education in Africa (SOA) - 2017 PitchFest Competition Closing Soon April 19th
May 3rd and 4th, 2017
Nairobi, Kenya

Do you have an innovative and creative idea that uses technology to solve some of Africa's most challenging needs across the field of education?

The 2017 State of Education in Africa Conference will stage a competition between newly formed education-technology companies supporting African Education. PitchFest finalists will have the opportunity to make short pitches of their idea to conference attendees, including business, government and non-profit leaders from around the globe.

To support next stage development for their business
First prize winners will receive USD 2500
Second place will receive USD 1500
Third place will receive USD 1000
Applications will close April 19th. Finalists notified on April 24th.
Please see  www.soeafrica.org/pitchfest/ for more information
or contact Jourden Williams at  jwilliams@aaionline.org or +1 (646) 645 7286

The Africa-America Institute
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1706
New York, NY 10170-0002
Tel:  +1.212.949.5666

Call For Papers (CFP): This Is Not Your Grandfather's Black Studies: Centering Pleasure and Anti-Respectability as Methodology

University of Missouri, Columbia

October 13-14 2017

Please submit a detailed abstract of your paper or panel to  blackstudies@missouri.edu by  April 29, 2017

Individual paper proposals should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals (including all paper titles and names of panelists) should be no more than 500 words. Additionally, please include a brief biographical statement or CV with your proposal.

On  October 13-14 2017, the Black Studies Department at Mizzou will host its annual Black Studies Fall Conference. This two-day conference encourages critical dialogue among scholars, community members, undergraduate and graduate students, and sex practitioners on two topics that have remained largely neglected within the field of Black/African-American Studies: sex and pleasure. The conference will take place in Columbia, Missouri on the Mizzou campus and with partnering community organizations.

We position Stacey Patton's provocative essay, "Who's Afraid of Black Sexuality" in The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012), as a starting point for thinking through how silence about sex and pleasure has "left a gap in the classroom and in black studies scholarship." While prominent black feminist scholars have illuminated histories of black women's sexual violation under slavery and their counter-resistance, the culture of dissemblance in black communities to shield themselves from racism, and sexual ideologies that fueled Jim Crow legislation and lynching - few have said anything about "black sexual agency, pleasure and intimacy, or same-sex relationships." Instead, black sexuality is exclusively positioned in relation to white violation, dehumanization and the larger project of positioning black folks as subhuman.

While this gap has been undertaken in the fields of black (queer) studies (E. Patrick Johnson, Robert Reid Pharr, Cathy Cohen) and queer of color critique (Rod Ferguson) alongside grassroots organizations such as act ActUP, new scholarship in black sexuality studies suggests that "although the dynamics of respectability have evolved they are not any less insidious." These new inquires reveal how respectability politics serves as a neo-colonialist measure in which respectability becomes a primary technique of power and knowledge, while suggesting how anti-respectability as a methodology can "carve new territories for Black and Gender Studies, respectively." This new cohort strategically centers black women's and men's pleasure seeking endeavors through nuanced discussions on sex work, pornography and other highly consumed forms of media within the realm of popular culture and archives they create (Mali D. Collins-White, Ariane Cruz, Jillian Hernandez, Xavier Livermon, Kaila Story & Jennifer Nash (2016) Disruptions in Respectability: A Roundtable Discussion, Souls, 18:2-4, 463-475).

As such, we invite scholarly works, including performance pieces, visual art and poster boards, which interrogate respectability politics alongside ideas about how to deploy anti-respectability as methodology within black studies.  

Topics to be discussed (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Black trans* experiences
  • The politics of "recovery work"
  • Labor, migration and sexuality
  • Race, gender and disability studies
  • Youth, black girls and moral panics
  • Trans-generational relationships in black feminism
  • The AIDS crisis, race and "safe sex" initiatives/criminalization
  • Student activism, intramural policing and self-care
  • Domestic violence and sex abuse in black churches
  • Illicit Eroticism - BDSM, pornography and sex work
  • Teaching and researching about black (queer) sexuality studies and/or respectability in the U.S. Midwest/South
  • Teaching and researching about black (queer) sexuality in historical contexts
  • Institutional research limitations in deploying anti-respectability as methodology
Conference Organizer: Christina Carney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Missouri ( carneyc@missouri.edu)

Department Assistant: Mary Beth Brown, History Ph.D. Candidate, University of Missouri, ( BroMary@missouri.edu)

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