Feb 16

Bridging the Gap: African Diaspora Studies, Area Studies & Disciplines

A symposium sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program.

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
9:00 am – 9:00 pm / Weitz 236

How can African Diaspora Studies, which does not think of itself in terms of geographic borders, provide a conceptual bridge to studying the varieties of experience of peoples of African descent within traditional area studies, disciplines, and in different historical eras?

Contact if you're interested in joining the group for lunch.

Tentative Schedule

Morning Session I, 9:00 - 10:15a.m.
A panel discussion on conceptualizing African Diaspora Studies and their relation to area studies, the disciplines, and other interdisciplinary fields. Speakers: Jean Rahier, Florida International University; Bruce Whitehouse, Lehigh University; Marlon M. Bailey, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Morning Session II, 10:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Questioning the Motherland: Do Intra-African Migrants Belong to the African Diaspora?  Speaker: Prof. Bruce Whitehouse, Lehigh University (with additional input from Tina Mangieri, SIT)

Lunch 12:15- 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session I, 2:15 - 3:45p.m.
Black Social Movements in Latin America: From Monocultural Mestizaje to Multiculturalism. Speaker: Prof. Jean Rahier, Florida International University.

Afternoon Session II, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Intersections across Interdisciplinarities: African Diaspora Studies and Gender/Sexuality Studies. Speaker: Prof. Marlon M. Bailey, Indiana University, Bloomington

Possible wrap-up discussion to follow.

Sponsored by African/Afr American Studies. Contact: emusican, AFAM