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Telling Our Stories of Home Exploring and Celebrating Changing African-Diaspora Communities
March 31, 2016 - April 8, 2016
Telling Our Stories of Home
Exploring and Celebrating
Changing African-Diaspora Communities
Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Friday, April 8, 2016, times vary.
Various locations, UNC-CH
The current disruptions to African and diasporan communities through war, terrorism, globalization, gentrification, environmental catastrophe, and massive incarceration offer layers of meaning for “home.” This 6-day conference-festival (spread over two weekends, including a 1-week residency for some of the presenters), will bring together outstanding national and international faculty, activists, and performers to offer critical and artistic approaches through a series of workshops, presentations, films, and performances to engage in public and feminist discourses on home. The event will end with the inaugural reading of the commissioned play, Torn Asunder, produced from the scholarly text, Help Me to Find My People, which examines the quest of newly emancipated people to reunite their families and reconstitute their homes after the disruptions of both enslavement and the U.S. Civil War. This conference brings together women from Africa, the Americas, and Asia—a site seldom included in African diaspora studies—and offers an opportunity for UNC-CH and the state of North Carolina to foster change across the globe. Another innovative aspect of this collaboration is the implications home has on issues a range of issues globally and in our back yard, including health outcomes, the carceral state, inclusive/exclusive notions of citizenship, and history. Conference Site Free. Please Contact: Barbara Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.