Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference
April 10-11, 2014
"Revisiting Black History, Identities, Sexualities, and Popular Culture"
Keynote Address by Horace Campbell, Syracuse University
The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University invites you to its second bi-annual Africa and the Atlantic World Conference. This year’s conference aims at exploring new ways of studying the complex experiences of Africana people worldwide through the lenses of Black history, identities, sexualities, and popular culture. We are particularly interested in 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. These experiences need to be discussed not only in relationship to the similar developments that occurredin Africa and the United States, but also in connection with parallel dynamics that evolved in other parts of the world such as the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Our interests in these issues stem from the growing vision and dedication within critical Africana scholarships to study the important contributions of African and African-descended people in the humanities in both local and global contexts.