Fac-Grad Seminar 2011-12: Art and Race, Internationally
Wednesday afternoons 4:30-6:00pm, Stanhope Hall 201
Our theme for 2011–2012 is Art and Race, Internationally.
The conjunctions of art and the black racial experience and discourse in the United States have gained incremental scholarly attention since Alain Locke and the Harlem Renaissance in the early 20th century. However, in the wake of Paul Gilroy’s seminal work (The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness), and given the international outlook of early Pan-Africanism, it has become necessary to reconsider the diverse ways art and visual cultures produce, reflect, or refract, canonical and contested tropes/theories/discourses of blackness and racial identities in the context of intra-national, national, transnational and global subjectivities. The CAAS Faculty-graduate seminar this year takes up this challenge. Our meetings with established and emerging scholars whose work is based in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe and the Indian subcontinent, will explore through specific case studies the many ways art illuminates and troubles these questions.
The Faculty-Graduate seminar is an intimate intellectual community. Our goal is to establish a small but intellectually diverse and committed group of scholars who will attend all meetings and engage in sustained discourse during the year. Given these goals and the limited meeting space, we are accepting only ten (10) graduate students into each semester’s seminar. We encourage graduate students to commit to both semesters and preference for spring registration will be given to students engaged in the fall seminar.
Schedule – Fall 2011
October 12 – Steven Nelson, UCLA
October 26 – John Peffer, Ramapo College
November 9 – Peter Erickson, Williams College
December 14 – Terri Francis, Yale University
Schedule – Spring 2012
February 22 - Fatima El-Tayeb, UCSD
March 14 - Kimberly Cleveland, Georgia State University
April 11 - Naomi Pabst, Yale University
April 18 - Elizabeth Harney, University of Toronto
May 2 - Henry Drewal, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Graduate School's Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity