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Africana studies accepting papers for April symposium

Africana studies accepting papers for April symposium

The Department of Africana Studies will hold its ninth Africana Studies Symposium April 14-15. This event, titled “Crossroads I: The New African Diasporas in the United States,” will focus on the post-Cold War African and Caribbean diasporic formations in the United States, which account for roughly 20 percent of the black population.

Prospective presenters are invited to focus on a conceptualization of the new African diasporas as overlapping knowledge communities with memories and interests and to explore how these communities are building social capitals that are transcultural and transnational, as well as rooted in the local and national spaces of the United States.

Symposium organizers encourage methodological and theoretical diversity and invite participants from different social sciences and humanities to submit papers. The symposium is open to junior and senior scholars, advanced graduate students and policy analysts. Interested participants should e-mail a 250-400 word abstract with a two-page vita to africana_studies@uncc.edu by Friday, Jan. 14. Authors of abstracts that are accepted will be asked to submit a draft of the paper by March 31. For more information, e-mail department chair Akin Ogundiran at ogundiran@uncc.edu.