Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power

Venue: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 19, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Dec 15, 2005
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Call for Papers:

Race, Roots, and Resistance:
Revisiting the Legacies of Black Power
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 30-April 1, 2006

The Black Power Movement of the 1960s was one of the most significant developments in the African American experience, perhaps second only to Emancipation in its transformation of U.S. race relations. Black Power exploded across the United States and the world, unleashing a torrent of rage and creativity, innovation and anger. Black Power transformed individual’s personal lives, local communities, the nation and global relations. Succeeding the civil rights phrase of the Black Freedom movement, Black Power remapped the nation’s understanding of race, challenged liberal conceptions of democracy, and established the groundwork for multiracial coalitions. Black Power’s impact on African Americans was even more striking, it fundamentally transformed African Americans’ consciousness and identity, culture, and strategic approach to politics, economics, and education. Black Power inspired the most broad-based and significant outpouring of cultural creativity in African American history. Black Power stimulated a renewed interest and involvement in global politics—in Pan-Africanism and black internationalism, and in the global dimensions of racial oppression. Black Power’s reverberations continue to shape contemporary African American civil society and ideology.

Yet, the Black Power movement has rarely received an unbiased scholarly appraisal, it has predominately been condemned or dismissed in scholarly discourse. The Black Power moment is currently undergoing an academic renaissance. On the one hand, renewed interest in the 1960s has yielded a variant on this tradition it has produced a tendency to erase Black Power by absorbing it into the civil rights movement. On the other hand, new scholar-activists are reinvestigating the (in)famous, forgotten and unknown activists, organizations, and events, and delineating their local, global and contemporary significance.

The Purpose of this conference, then, is to explore the legacies of the Black Power movement, its impact on the 1960s and contemporary U.S. society and the world.

The African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, is sponsoring a conference, Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the legacies of Black Power (March 30-April 1, 2006). We are seeking papers that engage the complexities and nuances not only reinterpret the past or examine current conditions, but that also chart the trajectory for Black liberation and radical social transformation. Conference panels will examine:

Black Power and the Arts
Black Power and Black Women
Black Power and Black Studies
Black Power on Film
Black Power and Electoral Politics
Black Political Prisoners
Black Power and Entrepreneurship
Black Student Union: Past and Present
Black Power and Black Studies
Black Power and Gender
Black Power and Hip Hop.

Send Abstracts for Race, Roots, and Resistance: Revisiting the legacy of Black Power to info@aasarp.uiuc.edu by December 1, 2006 Please also include a short 150 word biographical sketch. For more information, please call (217) 333-7781.