Africana Studies: Future of the Field Conference Schedule ~ October 17-18, 2013




Thursday, October 17, 2013

5 pm

Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum

3260 South Street

African Independence Screening & Remarks by Director Tukufu Zuberi


Friday, October 18, 2013

9 am - 6pm

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G-17

249 South 36th Street


Conference Schedule & Panels


9:00 am - 10:30 am                Knowledge Production and the Fetish of Theory


Dr. Chouki El Hamel

Associate Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University


Dr. Michael Hanchard

Professor, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Imani Perry

Professor, Center for African American Studies, and Faculty Associate, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University


Moderator:  Dr. Herman Beavers, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Chair, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania




10:45 am -12:15 pm             Teleologies of Space, Place and Time


Dr. Edda Fields-Black

Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. Tracey Hucks

Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Haverford College


Dr. Valerie Smith

Dean of the College, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, English, and

African American Studies, Department of English, Princeton University


Moderator:  Dr. Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania




12:30 pm - 2 pm            Lunch



2:00 pm - 3:30 pm              Gatekeeping and the Problem of Recognition


Dr. Judith Byfield 

Associate Professor, Department of History, Cornell University

Dr. Sherman A. Jackson

King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, School of Religion, University of Southern California


Dr. Harvey Young

Associate Professor, Theatre, Performance Studies, African American Studies, and Radio/Television/Film, Department of Theatre, Northwestern University


Moderator:  Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Music, University of Pennsylvania




3:45 pm - 5:15 pm                   Black Body Politic


Dr. Jafari Sinclaire Allen

Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University


Dr. Kali Gross

Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin


Deborah Willis, Ph.D.,

University Professor, Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging, New York University


Moderator:  Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, Professor of Africana Studies, Director, Program on Race, Science, and Society




5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                   Keynote


Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

William B. Ransford Professor, English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies, Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University