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Making African America: A Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness

March 5 - 6

Making African America A Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness

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The Making African America symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States.

Day 1, Session 1: African American/American African Encounters Introducing the methods and theories employed to understand the African diaspora, this session will explore both historical and contemporary migrations. Panelists will also consider the relationships and encounters between African Americans and African diasporic immigrants.

Day 2, Session 2: Transnational Ties and Conceptions of Home
The meanings and experiences of “home” are often complex and complicated. This panel will investigate homes and homelands through discussions of return migrations, dual residences, historical memory, familial ties, cultural production, and changing technologies of communication.

Day 2, Session 3: Struggles for Civil and Labor Rights Struggles for justice have shaped the relationship of Black migrants and African Americans for generations. This panel considers the contributions of Black diasporic organizers and activists in the long history for civil rights and labor rights.


March 5, 2021
March 6, 2021
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