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Call for Papers

Department of Pan-African Studies 2nd Bi-Annual Conference

***Deadline Extension***



"Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture"

APRIL 10 &11, 2014


The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University invites papers for its second bi-annual Africa and the Atlantic World Conference. This year's conference aims at exploring new ways of studying the complex experiences of Africana people worldwide through the lenses of Black history, identities, sexualities, and popular culture. We are particularly interested in the interconnections between the experiences of blacks living in Africa and the Black Diaspora and the significance of these experiences in the formation of past and current identities in a global world. These experiences need to be discussed not only in relationship to the similar developments that occurred in Africa and the United States, but also in connection with parallel dynamics that evolved in other parts of the world such as the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Our interests in these issues stem from the growing vision and dedication within critical Africana scholarships to study the important contributions of African and African-descended people in the humanities in both local and global contexts. In this vein, the conference invites submission from academic scholars, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, community leaders and activists on ways to reflect the strengths and diversity of people of African descent. We welcome artistic submissions and  have set aside gallery space and theatre space for such endeavors.

Topics and themes of papers/artistic work may include:

·         Theories and Africana Studies

·         Approaches to Africana Studies

·         The humanities and Africana Studies

·         Social Sciences and Africana Studies

·         The future of Africana Studies

·         Public Policy and Africana Studies

·         The role of arts in the development of Africana Studies

·         Geography and identity

·         Gender, sexuality, and the black body

·         Black popular culture

·         Diasporic economics and labor markets

·         Migration and identities of modern immigrants

·         Redefinition of the African American identity

·         Culture, representation and performance,

·         Obama Phenomena

·         Jobs for Africana graduates


Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250 words, an abbreviated CV (1 page), your full name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address. The new due date is now December 6, 2013. Please send all materials electronically to:

by mail to:

Attention: Conference Committee
Department of Pan-African Studies
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240

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