Green is the New Black?

The Sylvia M. Jacobs African Diaspora Studies Symposium

22-23 March 2014
North Carolina Central University, Durham NC.

CFP deadline: 15 January 2014

North Carolina Central University’s Department of History, in conjunction with the Global Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences, invites proposals for the Sixth Annual Dr. Sylvia M. Jacobs African Diaspora Studies Symposium, to be held March 22-23, 2014 on the campus of North Carolina Central University. This year’s theme, “Green is the New Black? ” will explore the ways that ideologies, structures, and institutions play a part in the development and persistence of racial disparities that both limit and prevent people of color from accessing natural resources and place communities of color at greater risk for negative outcomes of environmental hazards — otherwise known as environmental (or ecological) racism.

The symposium seeks to facilitate dialogue between academics and activists in order to examine the intersections between race, class, political economy, gender, identity, representation, and the forms they take when considering questions of the history of science, sustainable development and natural resource development. As such, papers may explore questions of race and the environment from a variety of angles. How these representations have informed the complex relationships between social, cultural, and natural landscapes will also be discussed.

In keeping with the breadth of the Liberal Arts, we seek proposals for papers, panels, performances (music or theater), film, and graphic art that considers the theme described above in an African Diasporic context. Individual proposals should be 250 words or less, while collaborative proposals should be 750 words at the most. Please include, for all participants, a biography with institutional/organizational affiliation and contact information. Abstracts should be submitted by Wednesday 15 January 2014.

Please direct all submissions and inquiries to symposium co-chairs Joshua Nadel (<>) and Youssef Carter (<>)

This two-day symposium will be free and open to the public.

Above adapted from posted CFP.