Venue: James Madison University

Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 21, 2011 End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 15, 2011
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Born out of celebrations and struggles through history and handed down orally, through artifacts and now also through written, audio-visual and new media, Africana folk culture is permeated throughout by an overriding syncretism in which seemingly impenetrable cleavages of region, language, nationality, ethnicity, and ideology are daily subliminated in the diasporic production of culture. Be it by word, song, visual forms, performed arts, inter-personal interactions, or other forms of expression, each manifestation of the Africana cultural form is distinctive for its soulful spirit and dynamism. Africana folk culture continues to influence and impact world consciousness, cultures, politics, economics, education, language, technology, and religion.
We are seeking papers, panels*, artistic renderings, posters and other presentations on work by scholars from all disciplines, as well as organizers and activists engaging the novelty, advances, and originality of Africana cultural expressions across disciplines. We are especially interested in creating those three E's - engagement, experience, and encountering - that preserve and inform Africana cultural expressions, even when other elements of Africaneity are the subject of contestation and debate.
Prospective speakers are invited to submit a 200-word proposal along with a cover note indicating the title, author's name, affiliation, telephone number and e-mail address to the organizers at by 15th July 2011.
*We welcome panel proposals for up to three presenters. A proposal should be provided for each presentation on the panel. Already constituted panels, which are accepting paper proposals include: Oral Literature; Music; Visual Arts; Theatre; and Philosophy and Religion.