CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World (NYU)

CFP: José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora

Date: May 8-9, 2015
Location: New York University, King Juan Carlos Center,
53 Washington Square South, Auditorium

Over the past fifteen years, scholars have shown a renewed interest in the political and historical legacy of José Antonio Aponte (?-1812), a free man of color, carpenter, artist, and alleged leader of a massive antislavery conspiracy and rebellion in colonial Cuba in 1811-1812. Aponte was also the creator of an unusual work of art—a “book of paintings” full of historical and mythical figures, including black kings, emperors, priests, and soldiers that he showed to and discussed with fellow conspirators. Aponte’s vision of a black history connected a diasporic and transatlantic past to the possibility of imagining a sovereign future for free and enslaved people of color in colonial Cuba. Although the “book of paintings” is believed to be lost, colonial Spanish officials interrogated Aponte about its contents after arresting him for organizing the rebellions, and Aponte’s sometimes elaborate, always elusive, descriptions of the book’s pages survive in the textual archival record.

From myriad locations in the humanities, historians, anthropologists, philosophers, literary scholars, and art historians have explored the figure of Aponte as artist, intellectual, revolutionary, and theorist. In addition to this scholarly interest, Aponte has also been re-enshrined as a national figure in contemporary Cuba, following a 2012 bicentennial that commemorated his death at the hands of colonial authorities. However, given the recent scholarly and public focus on Aponte, there has not yet been a conference dedicated to the interdisciplinary scholarly perspectives that have sought to advance the study of the singular “book of paintings” and its visionary creator.

“José Antonio Aponte and His World: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora” brings together scholars to discuss the current state of “Apontian” studies and suggest future directions for scholarship. It includes, as well, scholars doing work on questions of historical memory, the intellectual history of the enslaved, and the relationship between text, image, and politics in other settings in order to put Aponte’s history in conversation with a wider world, much, indeed, as his own “book of paintings” tried to do.

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To register for the conference, please click here.

The conference will take place in the auditorium of the King Juan Carlos Center at New York University, 53 Washington Square South. Click here for a Google map. The closest subway is the West 4th station where the A, B, C, D, E, F trains stop. For more information, please contact lmr273 [@] nyu [.] edu.

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CFP: Black Code Studies

Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog (Archived)

Black Code Studies
The Black Scholar Special Issue on Digital Black Studies

Editors:
Mark Anthony Neal, Professor, Duke University
Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

The editors of this special issue argue black studies, activism, and life online and off have reached a critical point of convergence. Technology has irrevocably changed the way artists, activists, scholars, and users rage against codes and binaries of race and tech. People of African descent around the world have appropriated digital and social media as tools for organizing, self-actualization, consciousness-raising, community building, and outright political revolt. At the same time, organizing strategies and intellectual production across digital media and platforms traffic in racializing assemblages rooted in both antiblackness and historic modes of black resistance–even among users who do not identify as “black.”

Black Code Studies asks: How has that cold and scientific concreteness that was and is nineteenth-century race theory persisted? How…

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CFP: “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas” (Newberry Library)

Call for Papers:
Newberry Library Symposium, June 20-21, 2013, Chicago, IL
“Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of 19th-century Cartographic Exploration in the Americas”

We seek historians, art historians, geographers, and scholars of visual culture for a symposium to be held in Chicago at the Newberry Library on June 20-21, 2013. The symposium will consider the aesthetics and visual culture of 19th-century cartographic exploration in the Americas. The nineteenth century represented a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level. These ostensibly scientific expeditions, which charted territories often in support of nation building projects, produced vast amounts of visual and artistic materials. This symposium will focus on this visual material addressing such questions as: What kinds of 19th-century visual practices and technologies of seeing do these materials engage? How does scientific knowledge get translated into the visual and disseminated to the public? Can looking at mapping hemispherically challenge a distinction between North American and South/Central/Latin American methodologies or practices of exploration? We are interested in all forms of visual representation, including maps, sketches, drawings, landscape paintings, photography, lithography, etc. Scholars focusing on visual aspects of indigenous mappings, polar or Alaskan exploration, and Amazonian South America are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

The symposium is generously funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Participants’ travel and lodging will be covered.

Proposals including a title and abstract (maximum 500 words) should be sent by Monday, January 14, 2013 to:

Ernesto Capello, History, Macalester College, ecapello@macalester.edu
Julia Rosenbaum, Art History, Bard College, rosenbau@bard.edu

CFP: Graduate Student/Junior Scholar Workshop on “Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”

Vanderbilt University Workshop
“The Age of Emancipation: Black Freedom in the Atlantic World”
April 26-27, 2013
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

Vanderbilt University’s Sawyer Seminar “The Age of Emancipation:  Black Freedom in the Atlantic World” invites applications from senior graduate students and junior scholars to participate in a two day workshop on the topic.  The workshop will provide a setting for participants to present their work in an interdisciplinary setting.
Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2012.  For more information, see our website:  http://vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center.

Hillery Pate
Activities Coordinator | Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities
Vanderbilt University
PMB 351534 | 2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Phone 615.343.6240 | Fax 615.343.2248

CFP: The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Call for Papers:  The South Atlantic, Past and Present

Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro (Université Paris Sorbonne)

This volume will focus on the historical, geopolitical and cultural aspects of the South Atlantic, past and present.

From 1550 to 1850 most of Brazil and Angola formed a system sustained by the slave trade and intercolonial traffic that complemented exchanges between these regions and Portugal. This system also included Buenos Aires, the Amazon maritime captaincies, the Senegambia and the Gulf of Guinea and, in the first half of the 19th Century, Mozambique. After the independence of the Lusophone nations in Africa, direct relationships were reestablished between the two sides of the ocean. New extensions appeared with the creation in 2003 of the India, Brazil and South Africa Forum. Underlining the new geopolitics of the South Atlantic, the United States re-established in 2008 the Fourth Fleet in the region (originally established in 1942 and disbanded in 1950).

The deadline for submission is 1 October 2012.

Themes include:

– The South Atlantic and the concepts of World-economy (Braudel) and World-system (Wallerstein)
– South Atlantic Geohistory and Historiography
– Languages and cultural exchanges in the South Atlantic
– Literary dimensions of the South Atlantic
– Lusofonia, religion and missionaries in past and present South Atlantic
– The teaching of South Atlantic history
– Forced and free migrations in the South Atlantic
– The South Atlantic, Hispanic America and the Caribbean
– The United States and the South Atlantic
– Mercosur and the South Atlantic

Please send submissions to the Guest Editor: Luiz Felipe de Alencastro: luiz.de_alencastro@paris-sorbonne.fr
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro
Centre d’Etudes du Brésil et de l’Atlantique Sud
Occident Moderne
Université de Paris Sorbonne
1,rue Victor Cousin
Paris 75005
phone 0140462685
Email: luiz.de_alencastro@paris-sorbonne.fr

Call for Papers/Panels: Life Histories of African Slaves (ASA 2013 & AEGIS 2013)

via The Harriet Tubman Institute:

Over the last five years, Alice Bellagamba, Carolyn Brown, Sandra Greene and Martin Klein have been involved in a project to find and publish African sources on the history of slavery and the slave trade within Africa. The most recent was a conference in Berlin that dealt with work and life cycle. We are in the process of publishing documents and papers that have emerged from these conferences. One of our central concerns has been to understand the lived experience of slaves in Africa and in the slave trade out of Africa. To that end, three of us would like to push further in one area, the quest for life histories of African slaves. Some recent work has been done in this area by Paul Lovejoy and various collaborators, by Michael Larue and by Eve Troutt Powell. Are there more life histories out there? We think so. If so, we would like to organize panels at the biannual meeting of Africa-Europe Group of Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) in Lisbon 26-28 June 2013 and at the African Studies Association Meeting in Baltimore 21-24 November 2013. Our goal would be to eventually publish a book of such narratives. These life histories can be biographical or autobiographical.
Interested persons should submit titles and abstracts to martin.klein@utoronto.ca or alicebellagamba@yahoo.it or seg6@cornell.edu. Please indicate which conference you wish to participate in. We need proposals for the AEGIS meeting by October 10. The ASA programme deadline will be much later. We have no funds for travel.
Alice Bellagamba, Sandra Greene and Martin Klein

New Journal and CFP: Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies

Notes & Records: Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies (NRJAADS)
Call for Papers Date:    2010-06-04

On behalf of Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies SIRAS), Kentucky State University, and the Editors, I am writing to inform you about the launching of a new peer-reviewed journal titled Notes and Records: An International Journal of African and African Diaspora Studies published by Kentucky State University on a bi-annual basis.

The journal is primarily devoted to publishing original studies related to the linkages and relationships between Africans and the African Diaspora. The journal aims to focus on the varied webs of connections between the Africans and the African Diaspora in an interdisciplinary approach. Studies related to history, politics, culture, literature, gender, music/dance, globalization, war, resistance, and civil rights movements that illuminate the varied experiences of Diasporic people are welcome….

Read the announcement here.