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Biennial Symposium

SCHEDULE FOR THE "50 YEARS OF BLACK STUDIES: Intellectual Histories and Institutional Demands


31st Biennial Symposium of African American Culture and Philosophy

“50 Years of Black Studies:” Intellectual Histories and Institutional Demands
November 29 – December 1, 2018
Stewart Center, Purdue University

Past Symposia

30th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy
"Exploring the 'Humanity' in the Digital Humanities"
December 1 - 3, 2016

Webcast video links for 2016 Symposium

The Sankofa Principle: From the Drum to the Digital by Dr. Abdul Alkalimat

Black Studies in the Age of Big Data

Decolonizing the Digital

Roundtable: Meanings of Digitalization and Africana Studies

Program Booklet Symposium 2016

29th Symposium "Black to the Future: Black Culture Through Time and Space"

November 20-22, 2014

twitter: #Black2theFuture

28th Annual Symposium "Celebrating Our Past & Looking Into Our future"

November 15-17, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Houston Baker of Vanderbilt University


27th Annual Symposium "Afro-Latin America: Rethinking, Identity, Politics and Culture"

December 1-3, 2011

Symposium Program Booklet 2011

26th Annual Symposium "Race & Reality: Mediated Truths"

November 18-20, 2010

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

25th Annual Symposium "New Directions in Feminism and Womanism in Africa and African Diaspora

November 5-7, 2009

Click here for program booklet


24th Annual Symposium "(Re)Visioning the Black Caribbean: Spaces, Places, & Voices"

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myriam Chancy, Louisiana State University

November 5-8, 2008

Click here for Symposium program booklet

23rd Annual Symposium "Harlem Renaissance: Aesthetics, Values, and Identity"

November 1-3, 2007

Click here for program booklet

22nd Annual Symposium "Blacker Than Thou: Authenticity and Identity in the Diaspora"

December 7-9, 2006

Symposium Program Booklet

21st Annual Symposium "Hip Hop in the African Diaspora"

November 17 - 19, 2005

Symposium Program Booklet