David C. Driskell Center

An International Symposium

AFRICAS OF THE AMERICAS

April 18-20, 2002

 

SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 18

4:00-5:30 PM
2203 Art/Soc Building

K. Anthony Appiah, Departments of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University
"Race and the Ethics of Identity"

Dr. Appiah's lecture is cosponsored by the 2001-2002 University Distinguished Lecture Series

   

Friday, April 19

9:30-9:45 AM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Coffee Reception

 

 

9:45-10:00 AM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Opening Remarks

 

SESSION I : ATTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICANITY

10:15 AM-12:30 PM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Herman Bennett, Department of History, Rutgers University
"‘There is no trade there, I will not name them': Charting Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Africa"

Fatimah Jackson, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
"The Complex Biological Underpinnings of Africanity"

Vincent Caretta, Department of English, University of Maryland
"What if Equiano Was Not Born in Africa?"

Ibrahim Sundiata, Department of History, Howard University
"Not One, but Many Diasporas"

Commentary and Discussion

 

 

12:30-2:30 PM

Lunch Break

 

 

 

SESSION II : CLAIMS ON A CONTINENT

2:30-4:45 PM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Robert A. Hill, Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
"On the Genealogy of ‘Africa for the Africans', 1858-1958"

David Chioni Moore, Department of International Studies, Macalester College
"Defining Afro-Planetary:By Way of Baldwin, Hughes and Wright, circa 1956"

Christopher Davis, Department of Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
"‘What is Africa to Me?' Projects, Primordialities, and Problems in Writing African Identities"

Commentary and Discussion

 

 

 

RECEPTION

5:30-7:30 PM
Art Gallery
Art/Soc Building

Public Viewing of Successions: Prints by African-American Artists from the Jean and Robert Steele Collection

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 20

9:30-9:45 AM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Coffee Reception

 

 

 
SESSION I : AFRICAN TRADITION AS A POLITICAL PROJECT

9:45 AM-12:45 PM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Livio Sansone, Department of Anthropology, Universidade Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro
"Uses and Abuses of Africa in Brazil"

Jualynne Dodson, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
"Santería and the Reification of Western European/American World Making: ‘Is There No Balm in Gilead?'"

Katrin Hansing, Department of Anthropology, Oxford University
"Rasta, Race, and Revolution: The Rastafari Movement in Socialist Cuba"

Alejandro Frigerio, Department of Sociology, Universidad Católica Argentina
"Africanization, Re-Africanization, and Anti-Syncretism in the African and Neo-African Religious Diaspora"

Commentary and Discussion

 

 

12:45-2:30 PM

Lunch Break

 

 

 

SESSION II : AFROTOPIA

2:30-5:00 PM
Maryland Room
Marie Mount Hall

Eileen Julien, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, University of Maryland
"The Romance of Africa: Two Narratives by African-American Women"

Jean Muteba Rahier, Department of Anthropology, Florida International University
"Political Agendas and ‘Inventions of Africa': Alice Walker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Manthia Diawara"

Stephan Palmié, Department of History, University of Maryland
"The Color of the Gods: Notes on a Question Better Left Unasked"

Commentary and Discussion

 

 

5:30 PM

Farewell Reception