I was anticipating that sooner or later someone would organize a conference on this theme. The Department of African and African American Studies at George Mason University in Virginia is organizing such a conference in early October. Here’s an excerpt from the call for papers:

We should not assume … that the black skin of the newly-elected leader of the United States signifies a descendant of an American slave. Instead, President Obama’s rise to power alerts us, once again, to the complexity of African identities in the modern era, particularly now that the 21st century is being heralded as the “post race” era. While African Americans, African immigrants, Caribbean immigrants, Afro-Latino immigrants, and Afro-European immigrants may have black skin, their cultural perspectives, historical experiences, and evolving identities should suggest different conceptions of “Africanness.”

Early October at George Mason University in Virginia.


Further Reading

No more caricatures

Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.