viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2015

Today and Tomorrow--Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic Conference

8th International Cultural Studies Conference of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures

Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic

        Date: November 6-7, 2015

        Location: --University Club--University of Pittsburgh

        For more information:



Program — November 6th

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast

Ballroom A, University Club

9:00-9:30: Welcoming remarks

Daniel Balderston, Chair, Hispanic Languages and Literatures

John Cooper, Dean, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Jerome Branche, Convenor, Hispanic Languages and Literatures

9:30-11:00: Iberian Peninsula: The Challenges of Dislocation and Emancipation, 1470 to 1970

Ballroom A, University Club. Chair, Benita Sampedro

Carmen Fracchia, Birkbeck College, University of London: “Picturing the Afro-Hispanic struggle for freedom in early modern Spain”

Baltasar Fra Molinero, Bates College: “Black Atlantic Identities and the Spanish Inquisition”

Luis Trindade, Birkbeck College, University of London: “The Lines of Anti-Colonialism: The Circulation of Militant Filmmakers During ‘the long 1960s’”

11:00-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:45: Migration and the Metropole

Chair, John Walsh

Adlai Murdoch, Tufts University: “French Caribbean Departmentalization as Neocolonial Domination: From Anticolonial Resistance to the Representation of Creolized Identities”

Madhu Krishnan, University of Bristol: "(Re)mapping Black Paris: African space in the imperial centre"

Susan Andrade, University of Pittsburgh: Le Ventre de l’Afrique: A New Tendency in African Fiction

12:45-2:15 Lunch

Conference Room B (2nd floor) Blue and Gold Buffet (lunch provided for conference presenters and chairs)

2:15-3:45: Hispanophone African Colonies and the Colonial Legacy

Chair, Magdalena López

Benita Sampedro, Hofstra University: “Health, Raciality and Modernity in Equatorial Guinea”

Luis Madureira, University of Wisconsin: “Adrift between Neoliberalism and the Revolution: Cape Verde and the South Atlantic in Geronimo Almeida’s Eva”

Robert Simon, Kennisaw State University: “A Post-Colonial, National, and Post-National Discourse in Angolan Poetry in the Work of Manuel Rui”

3:45-4:00: Coffee Break

4:00-5:30: Contemporary Afro-Latin America: Confronting the Racial State

Chair, Juan Duchesne

Agustín Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts at Amherst: “Beyond the Capitalist/Socialist Divide? Afrodescendant Currents and Decolonial Practices of Power/Knowledge in Colombia and Cuba”

Juliet Hooker, University of Texas, Austin: “Gendering Quilombismo: Slavery, Racial Democracy, and Black Genocide”

Tanya K. Hernandez, Fordham University School of Law: “Anani Dzidzienyo: The Embodiment of African/African-diaspora Anti-Colonial Activist Scholar”

7:00-8:00 Dinner

Babcock Room, 40th floor, Cathedral of Learning (dinner provided for conference participants and chairs)

Program — November 7th

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast

Ballroom A, University Club

9:00-10:00 Diaspora/Raciality

Chair, Jerome Branche

Linden Lewis, Bucknell University: “Toward a Postcolonial Critique of Caribbean Epistemology”

Myriam J. A. Chancy, Scripps College: “Autochthonomies: A New Model of Indigeneity for Understanding African Diasporic Subjectivity”

10:15-11:00: Keynote Speaker

Ronald Judy, University of Pittsburgh: “‘What Kind Freedom is this?’ From Haiti to Tunisia”

11:00-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15-12:15: Black Emancipation, the State, the Individual

Chair, Linden Lewis

Cary Fraser, Appalachian State University: "Reconstituting Self, Reconstituting Society."

Robert Spencer, Manchester University: Origins and Representations of the Dictatorial State in Postcolonial Africa.

12:15-1:45 Lunch

College Room, University Club. Blue and Gold Buffet (lunch provided for conference presenters and chairs)

1:45-3:15: Coloniality: Transatlantic Contradictions and Continuities

Chair, Baltasar Fra Molinero

Emmanuelle Santos, University of Warwick: “From Lusotropicalism to Lusophony: Brazil-Angola Cultural Exchanges under the Sign of Coloniality.’

Magdalena López, University of Lisbon: “Post-Utopian Imaginaries in Lusophone Africa and the Hispanic Caribbean: Revolutionary Identities in Crisis”

Anna Mester, University of Michigan: “Iberian Cartographies of Discipline: Incomplete Decolonization Examined through Prisons and Penitentiaries in Equatorial Guinea”

3:15-3:45: Closing Remarks

Jerome Branche, Final Reflections

6:00-7:00: Spoken Word Performance

Roger Robinson, Dub Poet

Ballroom B, University Club.

7:00-9:30: Dinner and Cash Bar

Ballroom B, University Club. For conference attendees and participants.

Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the Global Studies Center (Global Academic Partnership), the Office of the Provost, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the University Center for International Studies. Special thanks to David Mundie for assistance with the web site.


Jerome Branche, Jerome is Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research interest is in racialized modernity and the way creative writers imagine and articulate slavery, freedom, the nation, being, and gender.


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