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CFP: Theorizing Blackness

The Africana Studies Group of the CUNY Graduate Center presents:

The "Theorizing Blackness" Conference

April 4th 2008

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

On April 4th, 1968 the esteemed civil rights leader and social philosopher,
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee
thus marking what many regard as the closing bookend of the mainstream
African-American Civil Rights Movement. Since that pivotal moment in 1968 (a
watershed
year in numerous other respects) momentous sociopolitical, technological,
and
cultural changes have occurred both within the United States and around the
world.

In light of those substantial changes, "Theorizing Blackness" asks: What
does
blackness mean in the current day? How is blackness conceived, constructed,
represented, and consumed. How has it changed or remained the same? This
conference aims to bring together thinkers from all disciplines and all
academic
levels to interrogate these and other relevant issues concerning the
contemporary
and future meanings of blackness.

We are currently requesting abstracts of 300 words or less that address
these
questions and various other topics related to the theme of blackness both
within the United States and abroad. We welcome submissions for individual
papers
or organized panels on particular topics. Topics include, but are not
limited
to, the following:

BLACKNESS IN, AROUND, AND, UNDER…
Gender
Immigration and Internationalism
Sexualities
Class
Self-Representation
Identity
Globalization
(Post)Colonialism
Media Representations
Popular Culture
Historical Contexts
Public Intellectualism
The Social Sciences
Health and Illness
The Humanities and the Arts
Deviance, Crime and Criminalization
Afrocentrism
Afrofuturism
Whiteness Studies
Black/Ethnic Studies
Education
Multiculturalisms
Academia
Philosophy and Existentialism
Activism and Resistance
Music
Religion
Families
Literature
"Post-Blackness?"

THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT AND PANEL SUBMISSIONS IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10,
2007.

All correspondence, including submissions, questions, and concerns, should
be directed to the conference Co-Chairs, Akissi Britton or Alan R. Takeall,
at:
_theorizingblackness@gmail.com_ (mailto:theorizingblackness@gmail.com)

theorizingblackness (at) gmail.com

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent to the email address provided
with your submission by November 9, 2007.

Thank you,

Alan R. Takeall
Conference Co-Chair and Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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