Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference 2018
Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference
April 12-13, 2018
"Intersectional Approaches to Survival: Legacies of Resistance"
Keynote address: April 12, 2018
Reception 5 pm Uumbaji Gallery room 134 Oscar Ritchie Hall
Keynote Speaker: Professor Linda James Myers
6 pm room 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall
The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University will hold its fourth biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference on April 12th -13th, 2018. This year's conference focuses on intersectionalities between approaches to resistance that various communities have historically deployed to confront systemic forms of dominance.
This year's Keynote Speaker will be Professor Linda James Myers, Director of the AAAS Community Extension Center, College of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty of the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University. Professor Myers specializes in psychology and culture; moral and spiritual identity development; healing practices and psychotherapeutic processes; and intersections of race, gender, and class.
In honoring creative approaches to survival and resistance this year's conference will run concurrently with our annual Pan-African Festival, which will take place April 12-14, 2018. The festival activities will include free health and wellness workshops, art exhibitions, live performances, a Black Playwrights Showcase and a Pan-African Vendors Marketplace.
Topics and themes of papers/artistic work will include: Legacies of resistance and survival; Environmental racism; The water line of Detroit; Health and wellness; Food deserts; Barack Obama’s presidency and legacy; Donald Trump’s presidency; Public Policy and black communities; Police brutality; The Prison Industrial Complex; Immigration policy; Black bodies; Black sexuality; Suicide in black communities; Critical race theory; Black art, music, performance, and theatre.