Black Currents Symposium:

20th Anniversary of the Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley


December 7, 2017 – Banatao Auditorium

4:00-4:15 – Welcome by Dr. Brandi Wilkins Catanese and Dean Carla Hesse

4:30-5:45Opening Keynote Panel

Dr. Percy Hintzen

Dr. Margaret Wilkerson

Dr. Charles Henry

Moderator: Dr. Ula Taylor

5:45-7:00 – Reception


December 8, 2017 – Barrows Hall*

8:15-8:45 – Breakfast (650 Barrows Hall)

9:00 – 9:15– Symposium Introduction: Dr. Stephen Small (Social Science Matrix)

9:15-10:30 – Alumni Roundtable: Life Before and After the Ph.D (Social Science Matrix)

Dr. Kelley Deetz
Dr. Robeson Taj Frazier
Dr. Justin Gomer
Dr. Asia Leeds
Dr. Carter Mathes
Moderator: Lindsey Herbert

10:45-12:15 – Concurrent Panels – Session #1

Blackness and Urban Inequality

Location: 650 Barrows – Conference Room

Dr. Justin Gomer – “Keep Away From Me, Mr. Welfare Man’: Claudine and The Emergence of Colorblindness”

Dr. Shaun Ossei-Owusu – TBD

Dr. Erin Winkler – “Racial Inequity, Watered-Down Diversity, and African American Children and Youth in the City: Why Making Our Research Count for the Community (Even When It Doesn’t Count for Tenure) Matters”

Discussant: Kenly Brown

Reconstructing the Archive

Location: Social Science Matrix

Dr. Kelley Deetz – A Recipe, A Letter, A Skull, and A Collar: Seeing the Unseen in the Archives

Dr. Marisa Fuentes – “Enslaved Women and the Ethical Practice of History”

Dr. Asia Leeds – “Between Nation and Diaspora: Black Women’s Activism and the Archive in Central America”

Discussant: Kathryn Benjamin


12:15-1:15 – Lunch
1:15-2:45 – Concurrent Panels – Session #2

Queering Blackness, Gendering Blackness

Location: 650 Barrows – Conference Room

Dr. Marlon Bailey – TBD

Dr. Jasmine Johnson – “Choreographing Return: Gender and Sex in West African Dance Tourism”

Dr. Matt Richardson – TBD

Discussant: Kia Middleton

Rethinking Culture, Rethinking Circulation

Location: Social Science Matrix

Dr. Carter Mathes – “The Acoustics of Unfreedom”

Dr. Petra Rivera-Rideau – “Blackness, Transnationalism, and Afrolatinidad in the Reggaetón Era”

Dr. Robeson Taj Robeson – TBD

Dr. Elisa Joy White – “Objectionable Proximities: Considering the African Diaspora and Blackness in Europe”

Discussant: Zachary Manditch-Prottas

2:45-4:15Closing Keynote Panel: Future Directions in African Diaspora Studies

Location: Social Science Matrix Conference Room

Dr. Marlon Bailey

Dr. Marisa Fuentes

Dr. Jasmine Johnson

Dr. Leigh Raiford

Dr. Ula Taylor

Moderator: Dr. Tianna S. Paschel

4:15-4:30 – Concluding Remarks

* Barrows Hall is located on the southern edge of the UC Berkeley campus. The panels on December 8th will take place at the Alberto Johnson Conference Room (650 Barrows) and at Social Science Matrix, located on the 8th Floor of Barrows Hall. The elevator to the SS Matrix is located on the east end of the building. You can alternately take an elevator to the seventh floor and come up the stairs.