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Thank you!

Thank you to all the panelists, discussants, speakers, and attendees for making this year’s conference a tremendous success. We hope to see you next year!

A special thanks to the Center for African Studies, and all of our sponsors, for their support.

2012 SFAS conference


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Conference UPDATE: Book signing with Boubacar Boris Diop 10/26

There will be a book signing with keynote speaker Boubacar Boris Diop immediately prior to the start of the 2012 SFAS conference, from 2-3pm at the Stanford Humanities Center. Books will be available for purchase.

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2012 SFAS Annual Conference: CFP

Our CFP for the annual SFAS conference is now available. This year’s theme is “Mobile Africa”. Please submit your abstracts today! Email to or submit online here.

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Congratulations to our African Studies graduates!

Congratulations to the African Studies MA class of 2012!

Sara Conklin

Annie Hsieh

Koffi Korha

Chad McClymonds

Vanessa Watters

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Thank you!

Thank you to all the panelists, discussants, speakers, and participants for making our 2011 annual conference a wonderful success. We hope to see you again soon!

For more conference photos, please click on the image below.

2011 SFAS Conference

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SFAS 2011 Conference Program

“The Black Atlantic: Colonial and Contemporary Exchanges”
October 28-29, 2011
Stanford Humanities Center

Friday, Oct. 28

Registration 2:00-2:30pm

Opening Keynote (Bruce Hall, Duke University) 2:30-3:45pm

Panel I 4:00-5:30pm
Trading Race: Colonial and Contemporary perceptions of Race

Discussant: Dr. Michael Eze

1. Dana Linda (UCLA) Narratives of Enclosure: The Documentation of Space and Race in Ortiz and Carpentier

2. Michael Ugorji (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Germany) Being Black in a Post-slavery, Post-Darwinian World: The Persistence of Victimage

3. Sarah Quesada (Stanford University) García Márquez, and the Daughters of the Diaspora in a Selected Corpus.

4. Fatoumata Seck (Stanford University)  Bouqui and Malice, a Caribbean counter-poetics

Panel II 5:45-7:15pm
The Diaspora in Circulation: The Aesthetic Politics of Cultural Production

Discussant: Dr. Laura Hubbard

1. Krishna Barua (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati)  Inventing the Truth: Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’

2. I. Augustus Durham (Princeton Theological Seminary)  The (In)Visibility of a Frenzied Reality: W. E. B. Du Bois as Conjure Man in ‘The Souls of Black Folk’

3. Joy White (University of Greenwich)   From Rhythm and Blues to Grime: Black Atlantic Exchanges and the Performance of Identity

4. Robert Hanserd (Northern Illinois University) Obayifo to Obeah: Priestly Power and other elements of  Afro-Atlantic Akan Identity

5. Elizabeth Spragins (Stanford University) Grey Shades of Blackness in Zurara’s Cronica da Guine
Appetizers, wine, mingling and music 7:30-8:30pm

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Saturday, Oct. 29
Breakfast 7:45-8:15am

Panel III 8:15-9:45am Crossing the Space in Between: representations and belonging in Ghana, Haiti, Senegal and Somalia

Discussant: Prof. Sean Hanretta

1. Michael Ralph (New York University) Forensics of Debt: Militarism and Modern Credit Debt in the French Atlantic Empire

2. Scott Stabler (Grand Valley State University) and Mary Owusu University of Cape Coast, Ghana) Global Slavery: Lost in Trans-lation

3. Marwa H. Ghazali (University of Kansas) Is My Baby Too Black: slavery, silence and self-imagination among Somali Bantu refugees in Kansas City

4. Christina Mobley (Duke University) Central Africans in the Haitian Revolution

Panel IV 10:00–11:30am  Colonial Constructions of Race

Discussant: Prof. Vincent Barletta

1. Myriam Chancy (University of Cincinnati)  Return to My Native Land ?: Investigating the Discursive Landscape of African Pilgrimages in Contemporary Postcolonial Travel Narratives  

2. Marzia Milazzo (University of California, Santa Barbara)Capturing the Black Experience in Latin America’?: Diasporic Identity and Anti-Racist Discourse in the Works of the Afro-Panamanian Writer Cubena

3. Jess Auerbach (Stanford University) Angolans in Brazil: Towards New Economic Futures

Faculty Roundtable 11:45-1pm
1. Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Stanford University, French and Comparative Literature)
2. Lisa Surwillo (Stanford University, Iberian and Latin American Cultures)
3. Richard Roberts (Stanford University, History)

Keynote lunch by Pius Adesanmi 1-2pm


Center for African Studies, The Humanities Center, The Division for Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Department of English, Department of Sociology, and the Center for Latin American Studies.

This is an interdisciplinary conference,  and all are welcome to attend!


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