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UM hosts international symposium on African-American and Caribbean culture

CORAL GABLES – University of Miami’s Caribbean Literary Studies, in conjunction with the Small Axe Collective, is hosting an international symposium and seminar.

The conference is part of a larger project called “Diasporic Knowledges,” an endeavor that focuses on the cultural and historical similarities between African-American and Caribbean Studies.

With support from the Ford Foundation and the editors of two prominent journals in Caribbean and African Diaspora studies, Small Axe (Columbia University) and Anthurium (University of Miami), the conference was created to investigate the relationships between archive, collective memory, and public criticism in relation to African diaspora studies.

The conference is comprised of modules aimed at providing participants with a broad range of opportunities for dialogue, project and curriculum development, research, and scholarship.

Part one is a seminar for a group of previously selected junior faculty, graduate students, and high school teachers.

The second part is a symposium on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, featuring public presentations by scholars in political science, history, literature, visual arts, and popular culture.

The events are free and open to the public.

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