First World Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference Announces Call for Papers

Students are invited to participate in the First World Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference, held April 25-26 at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

This year’s conference theme is, “Global(izing) Identities and Migration across Diasporas of Colors.” Students are invited to present papers or posters that are concerned with all issues relevant to the diasporas of color in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. Presenters may offer scholarly research or participate in panel discussions from all academic disciplines and social sectors.

To be considered, students must submit a 150-word abstract and short biographical statement by Tuesday, Feb. 25.  Submissions should be made online, at www.diasporas_of_color.geneseo.edu.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Crossing color lines across the diaspora
  • Documents and artifacts of protest
  • Economic development and empowerment
  • Environmental justice issues
  • Forceful relocations
  • Human rights issues
  • Internal exile and diasporas
  • Iroquoia
  • Literary and other artistic interpretations
  • Media representations
  • Migration and immigration
  • Nation languages, creolized cultures and genres
  • Non-violent vs. militant approaches
  • Politics and activism
  • Prisons
  • Race and identity across the diaspora
  • Refugee and stateless groups
  • Religion
  • Revolutionary models
  • Role of African/Black, Americana, Asian, Latin American and/or Transatlantic Studies
  • Social media/technologies as tools for change
  • Transnational adoptions and identity
  • Using language as a subversive tool
  • Voices of first-nation peoples

The conference is sponsored by the State University of New York at Geneseo Departments of English, History and Languages and Literatures, and by the Africana Studies, Americana, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, in collaboration with the State University of New York at New Paltz’s Black Studies Department and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Rose McEwen at mcewen@geneseo.edu.

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