International Conference "Entangled Black Americas - Transdisciplinary perspectives and hemispheric dialogues" Center for Inter-American Studies (Bielefeld University), January 19/20, 2017
While the influence of African Diaspora Studies has increased significantly
within the last two decades, the articulation of a hemispheric perspective on the interconnectedness of
communities, movements, and cultures that make up the Black Americas is still in its initial stage.
Aiming to contribute to this process of bridging persistent demarcations between region and nation-based
research areas, a new transdisciplinary network has been launched with the upcoming conference at the Center
for Inter-American Studies (Bielefeld University) as its first public event.
This conference is meant to facilitate fruitful dialogues on "Entangled Black Americas" between
academics, activists, artists, and musicians from Brazil, France, Canada, Colombia, Switzerland, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago,
USA, and Germany. Panels on afro-diasporic entanglements in history, culture, literature, music, and politics will be complemented by a rich
cultural program which includes a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary "Black and Cuba" (2013) by
Robin J. Hayes, a poetry reading with spoken word performers Mariposa Fernandez and Natalie Caro from the Bronx (USA)
and dub poet Afua Cooper from Halifax (Canada), and also a concert by the Grammy award-winning band Quetzal from Los Angeles.
As a starting point for future collaborations, the conference intends to provide a space for discussions on the uses of a
network on the Black Americas against the backdrop of a hemispheric white backlash.
Organizers: Wilfried Raussert & Matti Steinitz
For registration (until January 12, 2017) and further information please contact: