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Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference
Start Date: 4/11/2014 All Day
End Date: 4/11/2014
Event Description

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its second bi-annual Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 10 and 11, 2014. The theme of this year’s meeting, "Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture,” highlights 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.

The conference kicks-off on April 10 with a Department of Pan African Studies' Open House at noon followed by a reception starting at 5 p.m. in the Uumbaji Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall. Student performances, Under the Baobab: A Festival of Pan-African Arts, will follow the reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The keynote address and nine open sessions will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11.

Dr. Horace Campbell, Professor of African American Studies and political science at Syracuse University and noted Pan-African scholar and writer, will deliver the keynote speech from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. on April 11, during a lunch session in Ritchie Hall, Room 215.  From his early years in Jamaica, Campbell has been involved in struggles for liberation, peace, and justice.  Since his years in the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, he has been an influential force, offering alternatives to the hegemonic ideas of Eurocentrism.  In an attempt to theorize new concepts of revolution in the 21st century Campbell has been seeking to popularize the philosophy of Ubuntu and to expand on his ideas of fractals and the importance of emancipatory politics.  His new book, Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA, is about the centrality of the humanist philosophy of Ubuntu to emancipatory politics and the reconceptualization of revolution in the 21st century.

Session topics on April 11 include:
  • Traditions and Aesthetics of Pan-African Music
  • The Process of Acceptance: Being a White Instructor in Pan-African Studies Department
  • Passing, Black Bodies and Race in Literature and Culture
  • Cosmology and Identities in Transatlantic and Islamic Traditions
  • Education, Historical Relationships and Multinational Corporations in Africa
  • Women and Power Across Borders
  • Media, Identity and Knowledge Preservation in Pan-African Cultures
  • Language, Race and Endurance in Transnational Literature and Culture
  • (De)Constructing, Femininity and Blackbodies
The conference registration fee is $50 and includes a reception, continental breakfast and lunch.  For more information on the conference and to register, please visit

Location Information:
Kent Campus - Oscar Ritchie Hall  (View Map)
225 Terrace Drive
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-2300
Contact Information:
Name: Cinnamon Small
Phone: 3306722300
This event is open to:
  • Current Students
  • Faculty / Staff
  • Alumni
  • General Public

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