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Workshop on African American Intellectual History

In connection with the new program in Black Studies, the Departments of Ethnic Studies, History, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies are collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Equity and Inclusion to host a “mini-conference” focused on Black intellectual history, to be held on October 21, 2017. Themes for the workshop will include: Intellectual Histories of Slavery’s Sexualities; Abolitionism and Intellectual History; Black Internationalism; and Black Power, Politics, and Protest. The program is based on a forthcoming edited collection sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Founded in 2014, the AAIHS is a scholarly organization designed to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching Black thought and culture. It is open to scholars in all disciplines, including but not limited to African American history, literature, philosophy, art, dance, and film.

The conference will have a “workshop” format, with discussions of pre-circulated papers that represent the latest scholarship in the field. Sessions will be held in the EMU, beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 21 and will continue throughout the day until 6:00 pm. The event will target a mix of senior scholars, such as Davarian Baldwin, Amrita Myers, and Quito Swan, alongside newly emerging scholars who will receive valuable feedback on their work. The conference is open to the entire University community. To RSVP, please register here.

For more information, or to get copies of the pre-circulated papers, please contact Professor Leslie Alexander.