Forthcoming Symposium: “Puerto Rican Studies for a New Century”

Repeating Islands

President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Roberto Márquez (William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mount Holyoke College) announces the inaugural annual membership meeting of the association, in conjunction with a one day symposium organized around the theme “Puerto Rican Studies for a New Century: Challenges, Prospects and Possibilities.” With featured speakers Edna Acosta-Belén, Juan Flores, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, the symposium will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, in Assembly Room 615W, at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York City.

Edna Acosta-Belén is Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, U.S. Latino and Woman’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she has served as Director of its Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is co-founder and editor of the Latin(a) ResearchReview and author…

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SYMP: Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas @ Yale

Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas.

Indigenous Visions:
Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Beinecke Library

Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2011
Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

SYMP: Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s)@ University of Delaware

Mediamorphosis: Print Culture and Transatlantic Public Sphere(s), 1890-1940
September 9 and 10, 2011

This two–day symposium will provide a forum for literary scholars, historians, media historians, and art historians to share works–in–progress on the transformations of print media and transatlantic public spheres at the turn of the twentieth century. The symposium will feature work that probes artificial literary and art historical boundaries, challenges national divisions and the divide between nineteenth– and twentieth–century print culture studies, and links texts and writers across different genres or sectors of the print media of the period. There will be ample time for open discussion; there will be no concurrent panels. Presentations will engage substantially with the following areas of common interest:

• advancing our understanding of print culture’s role in the period’s movements for racial, class, and gender equality;

• identifying and theorizing the relationship between print culture, empire, and cross-cultural (transatlantic, transnational) writing, reading, and publishing;

• bringing the theories and methods of material culture studies to bear on the analysis of print artifacts as “objects” or “things”;

• grasping the increasing textual hybridity of the period’s print artifacts, by examining such phenomena as the interactions between illustration and text and the complex collage effects created by advances and experiments in typography and image reproduction;

• developing our knowledge of Anglo-American links, interactions, and networks among writers, publishers, editors, agents, and other participants in the period’s print culture;

• analyzing and theorizing the relationship between transformations in print culture and evolving notions of authorship and the literary, including the role of the nascent academic field of English, in Britain, the United States, and/or the colonies/commonwealth.

This symposium is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and supported by: the Center for Material Culture Studies, the Departments of Black American Studies, English, and Women’s Studies, the University of Delaware Library, the Institute for Global Studies, the University Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events (CAPE), and the Delaware Humanities Forum.

CONF: Ireland, America and the Worlds of Mathew Carey @ Library Company of Phila

Ireland, America and the Worlds of Mathew Carey
27-29 October 2011

Cosponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies,
The Program in Early American Economy and Society,
The Library Company of Philadelphia, and
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

This first part of a trans-Atlantic conference will feature
presentations and discussion about printer and editor of influential
periodicals, on Mathew Carey (1760-1839). By the mid-1790s, he had
transformed himself from printer to publisher, from artisan to
manufacturer, and into one of the early republic’s foremost political
economists.  Carey’s identity as an Irish-American and a Catholic, and
his contributions to the economy and politics are inseparable from the
trans-Atlantic print culture of the early national era.  This conference
is free and open to everyone interested in its themes.  To review the
program and read pre-circulated papers for this conference, which will
be posted in late September, please register electronically at:

The second part of this trans-Atlantic conference will be
held at Trinity College Dublin, on November 17-19, 2011.  It will hosted
by the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and Trinity
College Dublin, and the Trinity Long Room Hub in association with the
National Library of Ireland, University College Dublin, and the
University of Aberdeen.  For further information please contact Johanna
Archbold at:

CFP: Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians


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The 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Willemstad, Curaçao, from Sunday, May 13, to Friday, May 18, 2012.

Information about how to propose either an individual paper or a panel-along with the forms for each-are posted online at the ACH website  (look under “Annual Meeting”).  We had a record number of new presenters at the 2011 Puerto Rico conference, a trend we hope will continue.

More information about proposed conference topics, the most recent Annual General Meeting minutes, and calls for the ACH prizes (including the Andres Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize and the Gould-Saunders Memorial Endowment Travel Fund Award) appear in the Bulletin, our semi-annual newsletter.  The most recent issue is available at the ACH website under the heading “Bulletin.”

In the meantime, please consider joining us in Curaçao in 2012, and remember that all proposals are due to the ACH Secretary-Treasurer by October 15, 2011.

Sincerely yours,
Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretary-Treasurer
Association of Caribbean Historians

SYMP: Public Forum “Flashpoints and Fault Lines: Museum Curation and Controversy” April 26-27 @ Smithsonian

The public forum outlined below is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Media are asked to call the contacts above to cover the sessions. It will be webcast live at

SYMP: Nka Roundtable III: “Contemporary African Art and the Museum”

Nka Roundtable III: “Contemporary African Art and the Museum”

Over the next several weeks curators and directors of major museums in the United States, Germany, Japan, South Africa and the UK will engage in spirited but substantial discussion on the relationship between contemporary African art and the museum. I expect excursions into the history of this relationship, its crucial moments, state of affairs, and challenges that remain. In the process, we shall debate issues of presenting this material in art and ethnology museums; the politics of acquisitions and display; museums and scholarship; and the place of contemporary African art–relative to the “traditional” and western contemporary. I suspect that there will be surprising turns in the course of our discussion, but I am certain that the deliberations of this diverse, unprecedented and distinguished panel of curators will surely be of immense value to students and scholars working or interested in this exciting, dynamic field. Please join us!

Convener: *Chika Okeke-Agulu* (Princeton University)

Participants: *Marla Berns* (Director, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles), *Christa Clarke* (Senior Curator, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ), *Laurie Ann Farrell* (Director of Exhibitions, Savannah College of Art & Design Gallery, Savannah, GA), *Khwezi Gule* (Chief Curator, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Johannesburg), *Kinsey Katchka* (independent scholar/curator), *Yukiya Kawaguchi* (Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), *Clive Kellner* (Curator-at-Large, The Gordon Schachat Collection, Johannesburg), *Karen Milbourne* (Curator, Smithsonian National Museum for African Art, Washington DC), *Raison Naidoo* (Director Arts Collections, Iziko: South African National Gallery, Cape Town), *Enid Schildkrout* (Chief Curator/Director of Exhibitions, Museum for African Art, New York) *Chris Spring* (Curator, British Museum, London), *Ulf Vierke* (Director, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth), *Okwui Enwezor*, *Salah M. Hassan*.

CFP: Session at Southeastern College Art Conference @ Savannah, GA

“African Diaspora Artists in the Americas: New Histories, New Constructions, New Interpretations”

This session will focus on new research addressing art created by African Diaspora artists in the Americas from the colonial eras to the present.  In the last two decades, scholars have both expanded the field of study of African American and African Diasporic art and developed newly nuanced interpretations of the meanings and implications of racialized discourses about artistic production and stylistic interchange.  This sessions seeks papers addressing issues raised by these new discursive constructions related to relationships between artists, social politics, and contemporary visual culture; the significance of trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific artistic and cultural interchange; the intersections of gender and class with racialized identities; post-colonial approaches to the history and effects of slavery; and challenges to the notion of race itself as an organizing category of knowledge.  Papers that address any aspect of these dimensions of the history of African American or African Diasporic Art in the Americas are welcomed.

Please submit a 200-word (maximum) proposal using the form found on the SECAC website plus a 1 page CV by April 20, 2011 to session Chair: Helen Langa, e-mail: (see address and phone below)

For more information about the conference and SECAC, see:

Helen Langa, PhD
Director, Art History Program
Associate Professor, Art History and Gender Studies
Katzen Art Center 233
Art Department
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 20016-8004


SYMP: African Art Symposium in Honor of Dr. Sidney L. Kasfir @ Emory

Critical Encounters: A Graduate Student Symposium in Honor of Sidney Littlefield Kasfir

Friday & Saturday
April 22 & 23, 2011
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University
Reception Hall
Throughout her career Dr. Sidney L. Kasfir has sought to rethink the way scholars, artists, museums, and viewers understand and categorize African art. She has attempted to expand our classificatory system without allowing generalizations to dilute the complex efforts of artists, cultures, and visual languages. This symposium, organized in honor of her retirement from Emory University, considers three themes to which Dr. Kasfir has contributed: Commodification and Tourism; Heritage; and The Artist, The Workshop, and Cultural Brokerage.

Invited graduate students from across the country, in multiple disciplines working with visual culture in Africa, will explore topics related to these themes in a day-long symposium that is open to the Emory community and the public.

This program is co-sponsored by Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, Art History Department, and Institute for African Studies.
Friday, April 22
7:30 pm
Keynote Address
Dr. Chika Okeke-Agulu, Assistant Professor of Art History, Princeton University, New Thoughts on the Mbari Mbayo Workshops in Osogbo, 1962-66

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SYMP: “BLACK IS…BLACK AIN’T” @ Indiana University


Keynote Speaker: Professor Michele Wallace

Saturday, March 26, 2011
8:15 AM – 6:00 PM

Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Program information and flyer:


The African Diaspora has been historically conceived as originating with the Transatlantic Slave trade. However, some would argue that to perceive the African Diaspora only in relation to slavery is to obscure alternative means of conceptualizing the movement of Black bodies. As scholars committed to interdisciplinary research, the Graduate Society of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University brings together scholars, community activists, artists, and other professionals to interrogate definitions of, theorize about, and imagine new possibilities for the African Diaspora.

Symposium papers will address the following topics:
* What are the practical applications of African American and African Diaspora Studies/Black Studies in the 21st century?
* How do migrations – local, national and international – affect diasporic identities?
* How does contemporary audio/visual media and popular culture help to re-imagine the borders of diasporic communities?
* How do outliers serve as change agents in these communities?
* What are the ways that the academy can engage in constructive dialogues with nonacademic communities?

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