Looking Back/Moving Forward: The Future of Africana/Black Studies.


April 15-17, 2010

Africana Studies and Research Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Cornell University, 310 Triphammer Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850.

Tel: 607-255-4625; Fax: 607-255-0784.

e-mail: africana@cornell.edu

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University will host 'Looking Back/Moving Forward: The Future of Africana/Black Studies' The conference will be held April 15-17, 2010, to revisit and critically assess the origin and development of the field of Africana/Black Studies, as well as a look at new theoretical imperatives in the field and its future prospects in the context of global African Diaspora and transnational studies. The conference will invite several major scholars in the field from outside Cornell University to engage with Cornell-based scholars in a dialogue about the field and its future.

Critical Synopsis:

The field of Africana/Black Studies has undergone major changes and transformations within the last three decades, which were largely due to feminist, postmodernist, postcolonial studies and other critical interventions. A new generation of African and African American feminist scholars has produced a body of work critical of patriarchy and its hegemonic impact on the field. They also have been critical of western and white feminist scholarship that has either been patronizing or shown disregard for Africana/Black women issues and concerns. As a result of such interventions, a diverse array of gendered perspectives have evolved within the field of Africana studies and greatly enriched its discourses in social sciences and the humanities. The same could be said about new imperatives...

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