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17th Annual Black Theatre Network Conference
The Black Theatre Network
"They Keep Comin'!" - Black Theatre Celebrates Life Against All Odds
August 2 - 5, 2003

For more information on the event, please click here.

Color Lines Conference
August 30 to September 1, 2003, Cambridge(MA)

The conference will feature an extraordinary outpouring of cutting-edge
new thinking and research on race in America from leading practitioners
and scholars. Please join The Civil Rights Project at Harvard in what
promises to be a truly fabulous and memorable event.

"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line."

Exactly 100 years after the publication of the famous W.E.B. Dubois
prediction in THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK, The Civil Rights Project at
Harvard University is organizing an historic convening of researchers, civic
and business leaders, journalists, scholars, advocates, and policymakers.

Join Julian Bond, Antonia Hernandez, William Julius Wilson, Karen
Narasaki and many other leading figures from a wide range of academic
disciplines and professional sectors as we take stock, confront the
widespread ambivalence about racial integration, and chart a course for
the generation ahead.

The 1,000 researchers, civic leaders, educators, business people, elected
officials, union activists, attorneys, and religious leaders expected to attend
Color Lines comprise a major slice of the nation's intellectual, policy and
civic leadership on matters of race and ethnicity. The weekend will provide
many opportunities for you to participate in invigorating discussions and
make promising new connections.

The information and insights we exchange at the conference, and the
courses of action we pursue after the conference, will help shape our
collective national understanding of race and racial integration well into the
21st century.

**Register early! Space is limited. Registration Deadline: August 1, 2003**

To register, or for in-depth information about the Color Lines Conference,
including a full listing of the panels, please click here.

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announcement to interested colleagues and throughout your professional

Conference participants will receive all of this cutting-edge new research
and thinking on easy-to-use CD's

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Co-sponsored by the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for Afro-American Research,
the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Joblessness
and Urban Poverty Research Program, the Harvard Immigration Project,
and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

First International Conference on "Race and Racial Reconciliation"
University of Mississippi - Institute for Racial Reconciliation
October 2-5, 2003, University of Mississippi at Oxford

For more information on the event, please contact:

Dr. Susan M. Glisson
William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Barnard Observatory
University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Affirmations and Contestations: Interrogating the Connections between African and the African Diaspora
II conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), October 2-4, 2003 Northwestern University, Evanston ( IL)

The conference will be research driven, featuring panels organized in ways
which effectively stimulate discourse across geographic, disciplinary,
cultural, and theoretical boundaries. All geographic areas will be
represented, including the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Paper and panel
proposals that incorporate gender and women as categories of analysis
are encouraged.

Examples of projected panels include:

- Transnational Immigration;
- Immigrants Returning Home;
- Carnival;
- Therapeutic Strategies;
- Media Representation of the Diaspora;
- Youth - Challenges and Possibilities;
- Researching and Theorizing Women's Issues;
- Globalization and the Diaspora;
- Reparations;
- Orature Ethics and Aesthetics;
- Religion as Resistance/Religion as Community Builder;
- Comparative Slavery and Anti-Slavery Movements;
Gender and Cultural Continuity;
- Slave Labor and Capitalism;
- Shifting Definitions of African Liberation;
- Past and Present in the Expressive Imagination;
- Interpretations of the Past through Music/Art/Dance/Literary-Oral
- Cultural Transmissions;
- African Perspectives on the Diaspora.

The registration fee for faculty is $50 and $15 for students. Cash and
checks only, please.

Further information can be found at ASWAD.

Graduate Student Conference "America: Visions and Divisions"
Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
October 3, 2003

This conference is designed to promote an exchange of ideas, in academic form, on any topic relating to the past or present culture of North America and how these cultures have been shaped through various representations and/or misrepresentations.

American Studies Conference
c/o Department of American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin
303 Garrison Hall B7100
Austin, TX 78712

Interculturalism: Exploring Critical Issues
Inter-Disciplinary.Net and Learning Solutions

October 30th-November 1st 2003, Milan, Italy

Marking the launch of a new annual conference, research and publication series, this inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the meaning and implications of interculturalism, from both a practical, political perspective and in a more strictly theoretical sense.

The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net and Learning Solutions as part of the 'Critical Issues' programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

For further details and information, please visit their website.


U.S. Black Immigration, Race and Racialization: An Annotated Bibliography, by Marc Perry (PDF file, 362 kb)

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Call for Papers and Forthcoming Events

Are All the Women Still White? Globalizing Women' Studies: An Anthology

Call for papers

Twenty years after black feminists Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott,
and Barbara Smith edited the groundbreaking anthology "All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, but Some of Us are Brave: Black Women's Studies" (with a new edition forthcoming by Nellie Y. McKay), this question remains: what is the impact of scholarship and activism by women of color on feminism and women's studies for the 21st century? Moreover, has this work been successful in dismantling the normalization and universalizing of the white female body in gendered discourses occurring in academia, activism, public policies, cultural institutions, and the world stage?

Our anthology, "Are All the Women Still White?", provides an update of
these concerns and a critical engagement with new challenges in
globalizing the field of women's studies. Hence, we invite papers from
all disciplines that address the following topics:

I. Embodiment and Signifier Appropriations/uses of the bodies of women of color for National and/or international discourse.

The prevalence of the unmarked [American, white female] body as
normative. The reification of the Other and the reliance on image on the Internet. (We are particularly interested in articles addressing and/or engaging assertions that cyberspace is gender or race free space).

II. Feminist History Revisited.

-Claiming all our foremothers (women of color, LBT, differently-abled, varied classes, stay-at-home and working women, etc.).

- Examinations of the current narrative of feminist history, i.e. the "wave" theory and its slippages; articulations of alternative narratives (non-linear and linear models welcome).

III. Making Black/Third World feminist sense of world politics, globalization, and transnationalism.

- Critical engagement of neo-liberalism and the current economicage; included in this topic are questions addressing colonialism, neo-colonialism, late capitalism, and/or globalization, US imperialism and the mobilization of the image of women, long-term effects of economic and social policy for women around the world .

- Consumption studies: women defining space through consumption;
women being defined by consumption; the cultural politics of changing
consumption in urban areas, etc.

- Explorations of the role of gender, race, class and sexuality in transnational social networks.

IV. Feminist Subjectivities.

- Grassroots activists.

- International organizations.

- Transnational coalitions.

V. Feminist Theories, Methods, and Theorizing (including ethics and theology).

- Emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary essays, though essays
addressing single and multiple disciplinary approaches will be

VI. Feminism(s) in the Academy.

- Envisioning a feminist classroom.

- Discussions and/or examples of globalizing the curriculum, methods, and theory.

- Addressing the successes and the needs of Women's Studies from a women of color perspective.

We welcome both traditional essays and creative works (literary and
visual) that address these issues. A limit of two pieces will be
accepted for final publication. Please submit a 250-word abstract by August 15. Authors chosen will be asked to submit a full manuscript for review in mid-October for second review.

Submissions accepted at

18th Annual Conference "Transfronterismo: Crossing Ethnic Borders in U.S. Literatures"
Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), The University of Texas at San Antonio
10-14 March 2004

We invite paper abstracts and complete panel, workshop, and roundtable
proposals on all aspects of multiethnic literatures of the United States. We especially encourage those that engage in the conference theme. Transfronterismo highlights the theoretical, ideological, pragmatic practices and possibilities of hybridity, mestizaje, and diaspora in the formation of subjectivities, geopolitical coalitions, and literary cartographies. Transfronterismo serves as an alternative space that gives birth to distinct imaginaries, one with alternative mappings for the local, the global, and their shared/overlapping boundaries. What is it that we do when we affirm, deny, or transgress the border? We offer the following list as suggestions:

- Internal diasporas and subject positions

- Transnational and comparative approaches

- Borders of genre and frontiers of lived experience

- Reverse migration and cross cultural transnationalism

- Class boundaries and capitalist borders

- Patriotism and post-nationalist politics

- Interstices and aporias of ethnic identity

- Inter-racial and inter-ethnic encounters

- Hegemonic and geopolitics negotiations

- Gender and sexual crossings

- Literacy education and pedagogy

All proposal abstracts (250 words maximum) should be submitted in
triplicate. We strongly encourage proposals of complete panels,
roundtables, and workshops that should include a brief description and
abstracts for individual speakers. Abstracts should be postmarked December 1st, 2003, addressed to:

Professor Bill Mullen
Department of English, Classics, and Philosophy
The University of Texas at San Antonio
6900 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, TX 78249-0643.

Fax and e-mail for international submissions only: (210) 458 5366

All presenters must be members of MELUS. For information about
membership and renewal, visit the MELUS website.

"Taking Stock: The State of Black America in the Twenty First Century"
April 22-24, 2004

Sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the
Program in African American Studies at Princeton University, and the
Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the
Caribbean at the City University of New York, this national conference will
examine the condition of contemporary Black America from a variety of
disciplinary perspectives.

Brief Proposals for the papers and panels are invited on such issues as
the state of African Americans in political and economic systems, the arts,
the law, journalism, sports, the educational system, religion, science, health
and medicine, etc. Papers that address the condition of peoples of African
descent in the diaspora are also invited.

The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center and at the CUNY
Graduate School in New York City. It will bring together scholars, students,
legislators, and the general public to engage in discussions on the
contemporary situations and future of the peoples of African descent.

E-mail or fax a brief proposal and a short CV by October 15, 2003 to:

Colin Palmer
Program in African American Studies
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
Fax: 609.248.5095.

Black American and Diasporic Studies
Michigan State University Press Book Series

Call for papers

Though anchored by the black experience in the United States, we are
seeking outstanding manuscripts that examine any dimension of the black
experience: whether focused on the United States, Africa, or elsewhere in
the Black Diaspora. Ours is an interdisciplinary and richly comparative
project, both nationally and internationally.

Thus, for example, we are especially (but not exclusively) interested in
works that examine historical and/or contemporary interconnections
between African Americans and blacks in Africa and/or elsewhere in the
Black Diaspora.

The MSU Press Books Series is distinct yet has close ties to the emerging
African American Studies programs at Michigan State University, including
the newly established Ph.D. program in "African American and African
Studies;" two additional book series linkages are those with Michigan
State University's biennial "Race in 21st Century America Conference"
project and the Midwest Consortium for Black Studies (which includes
Michigan State University , University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin
Madison, and Carnegie Mellon University).

Book Series Editor
Curtis Stokes, James Madison College,
Michigan State University
517-432-0869 or

Black American and Diasporic Studies
Phone: (517) 355-9543
Fax: (517) 432-2611

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