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Global Africa, Migration, Literature and the Arts
March 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Symposium Global Africa, Migration, Literature, and the Arts is intended to explore how Africans and people of African descent globally have been and continue to be at the center of complex histories of encounter and exchange, traversing geographic, generational, and cultural boundaries over the centuries. It will highlight the lived experiences of migration of, and its impact on, the people of Africa and its Diaspora through the prism of the arts – literature visual cultures and performances including film, comics, graphic arts, painting, photography, music, and dance. Departing from a critical examination of the discourses of migration, location, home and identity in the context of social and cultural transit, the symposium will position Africans and the African Diaspora as participants and players in the movement of both tangible and intangible matter – multi-generic ideas, texts, stories, memories, artifacts and performances— as they move through time and space in the World. In the final analysis, the symposium will highlight the multidimensional nature of the interchange between Africa and other regions of the world as experienced in the realm of the arts, demonstrating once again the global/international reach and scope of the arts and art movements from Africa and the African Diaspora.
School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Center for African Studies, French department, Italian department, and the Zimmerli Art Museum
Conveners: Ousseina Alidou (AMESALL) and Renée Larrier (Dept. of French)