Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference | Department of Pan-African Studies | Kent State University

Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its third biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 8, 2016. This year’s conference is themed “Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World” and aims to explore new ways of studying the complex experiences of Africana people worldwide. Registration is now open!  

The conference kicks-off on April 7, with a Department of Pan African Studies open house at noon followed by a reception for “Show off your African Wear” starting at 4 p.m. in the Uumbaji Gallery Foyer of Ritchie Hall.  The keynote address will be given April 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. by Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall.  To close out the conference, the African Community Theatre will run a special engagement of Carolyn Gage's "Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist", directed by Eileen Larson.  This play only lasts for twenty minutes and consists of a powerful cast of Kent State University students.

Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, an associate professor of Africana  Studies at Lafayette College, will deliver the keynote speech titled “Locating Violence; Origins and Geographies”, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 8,in Ritchie Hall, Room 250.  Dr. Wilson-Fall recently assumed the Directorship of the Africana Studies program at Lafayette College.  Previously, she served as Chair of the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University and as Director of the West African Research Center (in Dakar), where she served for five years.  Wilson-Fall works on themes of identity, culture, local histories and social space.  Her research and publishing include both African diaspora and continent-based projects.  Her new book, Memories of Madagascar and Slavery in the Atlantic, demonstrates through analysis of contemporary oral histories as well as historical records that the descendants of Malagasy slaves maintain African cultural traditions as their lineage.

The conference registration fee is $50, for non-KSU participants, and includes a reception April 7, 2016, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on April 8, 2016.  Conference only registration (does not include meals) is free for KSU staff, faculty and students.  For more information on the conference and to register, please visit: www.kent.edu/pas/registration