February 24, 2016
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Columbia University IRAAS Summer Institute:
"The Many Worlds of Black New York"

The Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) is now accepting applications for its 2016  Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI). Convening for one week between Monday 11 and Friday July 16, this year's STSI is themed "The Many Worlds of Black New York" and will focus on the history, cultures, and institutions of African-descended peoples in New York City. Early Decision applicants (those who submit their materials on or before Friday, 1 April, 2016) will receive notification by 15 April, 2016.  
This Summer Institute offers what few others are able: 
  • The opportunity to study African-American art, photography, history, culture, politics, and life through the lens of New York, and in New York
  • Attend seminars facilitated by today's leading scholars in African-American Studies
  • Visit and tour historical landmarks and institutions around the city
  • Receive instruction in the latest research methods and,
  • Enjoy afternoon and evening cultural excursions throughout New York City
This year's lecturers will include Samuel K. Roberts (STSI Director), Cheryl Hicks, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Brian Purnell, and Christina GreerSTSI seminars will explore various themes including:


  • The New Negro Movement and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Educating Harlem: Activism for Equality in the Mid-20th Century
  • The Struggle for Civil Rights in Brooklyn
  • Race, Policing, Gender and Criminal Justice 
  • Black Immigration since 1965
  • Health/Medical Rights
In addition to serving as a space for collaborative thinking and skills training, STSI will offer a unique opportunity to explore the tremendous richness and vast scope of African-American Studies.  
The fee for the STSI is $1,800 and a limited number of partial fellowships are available. 
Please go to  www.columbiastsi.com for more information or  contact us at    stsi@columbia.edu
Elizabeth Ross 
STSI Assistant Coordinator

Afro-Digital Connections: Afro-Latino and Afro-Descendant Cultural Production in the Digital Age.

Editors: Eduard Arriaga and Andrés Villar (Western University, Ontario)

Two decades ago, scholars in fields such as communication and information studies questioned the way social relations would be adapted to the increasing importance of global digital networks and to the tools used for digital communication. Maizies (1999) has inquired whether universal access, if granted, to processes of communication and representation that incorporate other processes of production, distribution, and consumption within global digital networks will be negotiated or imposed. This issue remains current because of the ubiquity of paradigms such as those of Big-Data, Cultural Analytics, and the Digital Humanities. These paradigms are fuelled by the increasing importance of digital networks (for example, social networks, financial corporations, etc.) and the centrality of their users as sources of information.

In the Americas (North, Central and South) and the Caribbean, the issue becomes more nuanced due to the central role played by race and ethnicity in the construction of political and social relations that are reflected in people's daily lives. Over the last two decades or so, the region has witnessed the emergence of 'minority' artists, activists, and organizations that take advantage of digital tools that are now more accessible: mobile technologies and social media tools increasingly allow these actors to supply their own images and self-representations. This edited book will explore the way Afro-Latin@, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean writers, artists, activists and organizations - NGO's, grassroots communities, etc.- have adopted online digital tools and mobile technologies to create self-representations, question traditional images, and connect with communities around the globe that share similar ethno-social perspectives. This book also seeks to shed light on contemporary processes of memory creation, artistic representation, ethnic connection, digital cultural production and resistance/reparation in order to understand how ethnic communities -particularly Afro-descendant ones- are adapting these tools to their own cultural and political practices. To that end, we invite manuscripts that address Afro-Digital Connections topics including the following:  
  • African and Afro-descendant digital activism
  • African and Afro-descendant digital art, digital performance, and digital literature
  • Digital humanities and reparations for Afro-descendant communities
  • Oral histories and digital archives
  • Theoretical interventions exploring ethnicity/race and digital technologies
  • Digital interventions that reconfigure African and Afro-descendant symbolic imaginaries.
  • Critical perspectives on digital inclusion
  • Digital actions against police brutality and government violence

Submission Guidelines:

If interested, please submit proposals in Spanish, English or Portuguese (300-500 words) and (one-page) CVs to Eduard Arriaga (earriag@uwo.ca or earriaga@alumni.uwo.ca) or Andrés Villar (avillar2@uwo.ca) by May 1st, 2016. When submitting your abstract, please use "Contribution Volume Afro-Digital Connections" as the subject line.   

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Angela R. Demovic, "Where are the Women When the Tourists Arrive?: Bodies, Space, and Islamic Femininity in Rural Zanzibar"
Christopher Driscoll and Monica R. Miller, "Ni**as in Paris?: Traveling between the 'Who' and 'What' of Diaspora in the Study of African American Religion" 
Musa W. Dube, "The Subaltern Can Speak: Reading the Mmutle (Hare) Way"
Jeremy Rich, "From Jean-Perce Makanzu to Makanzu Mavumilusa: An Evangelical Protestant Leader in Mobutu's Congo, 1960-1980"
Christian Vannier and Eric James Montgomery, "Sacred Slaves: Tchamba Vodu in Southern Togo"
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Edward Curtis & Sylvester Johnson, editors

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