CfP (panel): Imagining Diaspora in the Shadow of US Empire

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Panel Proposal: Imagining Diaspora in the Shadow of US Empire

2014 Africa Conference: “African Diasporas: Old and New”file://localhost/Users/liparavisini/Desktop/member_22.jpg

April 3-6, 2014

University of Texas at Austin

Conference website http://www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/2014africa-conference

W.E.B. DuBois famously said that he didn’t give a damn for any art that was not propaganda. Just as famously James Baldwin denigrated what he considered the stock characters of the protest novel. Perceptions of propaganda and protest are in and of themselves ideological lenses that may sharpen, distort, or render invisible the range of rhetorical and imaginative strategies manipulated to inform diasporic identities. Identifying “new” formulations of diaspora at specific historical junctures means redefining the terms of social and political engagement. Through an examination of rhetorical and literary strategies in a variety of media and through a variety of discourses this panel seeks to understand how subjects imagine and enact diasporic communities in the midst of US territorial occupations. We take as a point of departure the “new” diaspora created through primarily military invasions in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries beyond the contiguous US, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and Latin America.

Proposals should include a 250-word abstract and title, as well as the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation.

Send all proposals to Kimberly J. Banks at kbanks@qcc.cuny.edu  by November 15, 2013.

Dr. Kimberly J. Banks

Assistant Professor of English

Queensborough Community College

City University of New York

Email: kbanks@qcc.cuny.edu

Image: Acquiescence (Out of Many One by Andrae Green (Jamaica). Visit his website at http://www.andraegreen.com/painting9.html

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