Symposium: Afromodernisms 1, Re-encounters with the French and Anglo-Atlantic Worlds

The School of Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies of the University of Liverpool presents “Afromodernisms 1: Re-encounters with the French and Anglo-Atlantic Worlds, 1907 to ’61.” This symposium will be held at the University of Liverpool (Liverpool L69 3BX, UK), from Thursday, April 15 to Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Keynote speakers are Professors Tyler Stoval (University of California-Berkeley), presenting “Black Modernism and the Making of the Twentieth Century: Paris 1919;” Demetrius Eudell (Wesleyan University, Connecticut), presenting “What to the Negro is Modernism?”; and David Scott (Columbia University, New York), speaking on “The Theory of Haiti: The Black Jacobins and the Ethos of Universal History.”

“Afromodernisms 1” occurs against the backdrop the exhibition, “Afro-Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic,” curated by Tate Liverpool. The exhibition opened on January 29 and runs through April 25, 2010. The summary of the call for papers (now closed) reads:

In the context provided by Paul Gilroy’s configuration of the black Atlantic as a counterculture to modernity, this symposium is the first in a series seeking to re-examine the Atlantic as a locale for the emergence of modernism. The symposium addresses the interactions, exchanges, conflicts, and collaborations occurring across the French and Anglo Atlantic, and within experienced and imagined spaces of blackness, in the period 1907–61.

For more information, see of contact Fionnghuala Sweeney at  or Kate Marsh at

For exhibition information, see

Shown here, Pedro Figari’s “Candombe.” [Pedro Figari, Uruguay, (1861-1938)]

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