Thursday, November 4, 2021

10:00 am - 12:45 pm EDT
Symposium Introduction & Cultural Performance: Freetown Collective

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1:15 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Panel: Black Critiques of the Crises of Colonialism and Fascism in the 1930s

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In the years leading up to World War II, there was a rapid increase in ultranationalism throughout North America and Europe that would bring colonial and facist ideologies to the mainstream. This panel will aim to examine the circumstances that gave rise to these groups and what that meant for Black people across the globe.
Speaker(s)

Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College

Minkah Makalani, Johns Hopkins University

Khwezi Mkhize, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Moderators

Leslie James, Queen Mary University of London

Friday, November 5, 2021

10:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Plenary: Black (State) Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora

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In the wake of decades of colonial rule and destabilization, the nations of Africa aim to build and rebuild their democracies. Often viewed by westerners as “lawless” and lacking clear authority, this discussion will examine past and present politics and how this impacts the Diaspora.
Speaker(s)

Abosede George, Barnard College and Columbia University

Sabatho Nyamsenda, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Edilza Sotero, Federal University of Bahia

Michael Gomez, New York University

Moderators

Ben Talton, Temple University

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Panel: Black Food Futures: Dreams of a Food Sovereign Black World in Times of Crisis

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The conversation around the right to sustainable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food has grown in the past few years. How do industrial and developing nations address this issue in times of crisis? This panel will examine the social and economic impact that these resources have on not just on a community level but also on a global scale.
Speaker(s)

Frederick Douglass Opie, Babson College

Bobby J. Smith, II, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Adante Hart, MPH, RD, LDN,

Njathi Kabui, MA, Cultural Food Anthropologist, Kenya

Desiree Lewis, University of the Western Cape

Moderators

Valerie Grim, Indiana University

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
Plenary: Coalition Building in the Wake of 2020

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While we saw the word “unprecedented” used repeatedly throughout 2020, many precedents were also made. In the wake of protests that were seen and supported around the world, the discussion will ask what comes next in order to keep these voices alive and amplified through the building of networks across our communities.
Speaker(s)

Charisse Burden-Stelly, University of Chicago

Akosua Ampofo, University of Ghana

Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto

Russell Rickford, Cornell University

Moderators

Jared Ball, Morgan State University

Saturday, November 6, 2021

10:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Panel: Transgressive Bodies and Sexualities in Black Diaspora

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The idea that “the personal becomes the political” is never more apparent than when we discuss sexuality, gender, and culture within the Diaspora. Previously, socially accepted boundaries were clearly identified for all. Now, there is a movement involving millions of people who seek to change those definitions and boundaries. This panel will discuss the impact of these movements and the changes we have witnessed in the past few years.
Speaker(s)

Bruno Santana, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil

Megg Rayara, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brasil

Andrea Allen, University of Toronto

Joshua Reason, University of Pennsylvania

Moderators

Luciana Brito, Universidade Federal de Reconcavo da Bahia--UFRB

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Plenary: The Legacy of Andaiye: The Point is to Change the World: Selected Writings of Andaiye

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In honor of the daughter who inspired us to think on the intersections of gender, race, class and power, this session will examine and highlight the author Andaiye and the impact of her work throughout the Caribbean and beyond.
Speaker(s)

Brian Meeks, Brown University

Aaron Kamugisha, University of the West Indies, Barbados

Nicole Burrowes, Rutgers University

Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto

Moderators

Monique Bedasse, Washington University in St. Louis

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
Panel: Black Responses to Health Crises/Epidemics

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From the shocking cases of maternal mortality for Black mothers to the disproportionate cases of COVID within our communities, this session will examine the many ways in which Black voices are ignored by the larger medical community, and discuss ways in which we can advocate for each other and ourselves.
Speaker(s)

Edna Bonhomme, Bard College, Berlin

Jim Downs, Gettysburg College

Mary Hicks, University of Chicago

Grace Redhead, University of Warwick

Moderators

Ameenah Shakir, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University