Call for papers

In 1619 the first Africans arrived in the New World.  Since then the relationship between Motherland and ‘New World’ has played out in theatre, dance, performance, cinema and television, exploring issues of Identity, Cultural exchanges and Survivals (including and especially the Middle Passage), Community and Global Affect, Gender and Feminism and the ongoing relationships between peoples of African descent within and without Africa.

The conference will be structured around panels/papers/performed presentations that open up discussions on African and African diasporan identity.  How is ‘Africa’ performed in the nations of Africa and within the diaspora in the Western hemisphere?  Papers exploring or engaging with the link between Motherland and North or South America, or the Caribbean, or the African presence, and African identity in the ‘New World’ from the seventeenth century to the present are strongly encouraged.

The conference asks how is ‘Africa’ presented and performed, not just within Africa, but by those of African descent outside of Africa. 

To submit an abstract or proposal, send up to 250 words on any aspect of the theme or subthemes to the conference convener at:  and

Submission Deadline now extended to 28 February 2015

*Note that abstract acceptance/ invitation letters will only be sent after the submission deadline.

For enquiries and questions about the conference, please contact the convener:

Dr. Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.,


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