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CFP: Bridging the Gap conference – Dakar, July 2018

Bridging the Gap:
Black Studies Across Social, Geographical, Epistemic, and Linguistic Lines
July 6-7, 2018 – Dakar, Senegal

from the CFP:

The Fourth International Symposium of the Dakar Institute, in collaboration with Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), the West African Research Center (WARC), and the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, Mona, aims to bridge the gap across social, geographical, epistemic, and linguistic lines that plagues the discipline of Black Studies today. The Organizing Committee plans to create a platform that offers the possibility to revisit the transdisciplinary and transnational ambitions of the discipline beyond the aforementioned limits. We welcome papers, panels, and performances (visual, musical, dramatic, etc.) that:

  • consider the limits of the US-centered Black Studies model and the constraints of its social, geographical, linguistic, epistemic, and disciplinary boundaries
  • explore topics and fields of discussion beyond the US-centered tradition and/or the humanities and social sciences
  • decolonize Black Studies from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • rethink representation, inclusion, and equality in university institutions, teaching, and research
  • confront legacies of exclusion and oppression to strengthen the rigor and accountability of our teaching, research, and institutional spaces
  • compare discourses from different geographical areas
  • provide new readings of the classics of Black Studies that establish a dialogue between early and contemporary generations of black scholars
  • address possible radical transformation in African knowledge-making and pedagogies through theoretical and/or practical inquiries from any angle in the humanities, social sciences, arts, health sciences, math, biology, law, medicine, economics, architecture, etc.
  • tackle issues in Black Studies from a multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary perspective, or from the disciplines of education, literature, sociology, history, philosophy, dance, music, linguistics, law, religion, anthropology, economics, political science, and psychology, etc.
  • present research related to the theme that has demonstrated its utility and relevance to communities and peoples in Africa and the diaspora.

Proposals for papers and panels should be no more than 250 words, with up to 5 keywords.

Proposals for artistic performances should be a maximum of 250 words and state clearly the requirements for staging the work.

Abstract deadline: March 1st, 2018

Please send your title, abstract, and a short author bio with the subject “Conference2018” to: