March 11, 2015
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13th Annual Africana Studies Symposium
10th William Wilson Brown, Jr. Conference in Latin American Studies
6th R�o de la Plata Workshop
Locating and Connecting Latin America and the African Diaspora

Thursday, April 30 th  - Friday, May 1 st , 2015
UNC Charlotte
Space plays a fundamental role in the study of the African Diaspora in the Atlantic world. Be it in Africa, in Latin America, in the Caribbean, in the United States, or in Europe, scholars from all disciplines have always discussed the role played by spatial dislocations during the era of the transatlantic slave trade in spreading African culture throughout the globe. Long after that era was gone, and well into the present, diasporic ideas and practices have bridged and re-interpreted spatial dislocations by tracing connections between seemingly disparate regions in the Atlantic basin, while formulating multiple political, economic, social, and religious linkages between those regions.
In this conference, community activists, entrepreneurs, scholars, students, and film directors will interrogate the importance of 'space' in understanding the African Diaspora, with a special focus in Latin America - the region with the largest number of Afro-descendants outside of Africa. How does the study of particular regions in the Atlantic world benefit from considering its diasporic connections? Conversely, how can the study of the African diaspora be challenged by studying the experiences of its members in specific spaces? How do these questions apply to the study of Afro-Latin America?
The conference organizers welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of Afro-Latin America, especially those with a comparative or a transnational focus implying a dialogue with other regions. Still, conference proposals are not required to address the theme. Please send a proposal of no more than 150 words to , by Friday, March 13. Those interested in participating in the R�o de la Plata Workshop should contact Erika Edwards:


This two-day event is the result of the joint efforts made by the 13 th Annual Africana Studies Symposium, organized by the Department of Africana Studies; the 2015 William Wilson Brown Jr. Conference, organized by the Program in Latin American Studies; the R�o de la Plata Workshop, organized by the History Department; and the Graduate History Association.


The Dakar Institute of African Studies is presently accepting applications for our summer study abroad program in Dakar, Senegal

The Dakar Institute of African Studies is presently accepting applications for our summer study abroad program in Dakar, Senegal. This program is open to all students attending accredited American institutions and who are interested in issues pertaining to Africa. It is of particular interest to French, English, Religion, Philosophy, Education, and Africana Studies majors. The Dakar Institute also offers exciting opportunities in hands-on learning through our internship program. We offer work and service related experience to our students through traditional internships, service learning, as well as community service programs. The deadline for applications is March 15th. The dates of the program in Dakar are June 29th to July 31st. For more information please visit You can apply directly from our website:

In conjunction with the study abroad program an international symposium on "Valorizing African Cultural Heritage and Thought in the 21st Century", convened by The Dakar Institute (DIAS-IEAD), Universit� Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), and the West African Research Center (WARC) will be held on July 3rd and 4th, which our students will be encouraged to attend. Please click on the following link for those of you who would be interested in presenting or attending:

Please find two brochures about our program attached.



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