2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of Paul Gilroy's pioneering The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (Cambridge University Press).
This conference aims to commemorate and dialogue with Gilroy's seminal study, one that continues to serve as a reference point for scholars working on the intersection of the African diaspora, cultural production and issues of identity.
The event will foreground the ongoing contribution of Modern Languages to studies of the Black Atlantic, encouraging approaches that privilege linguistic sensitivity and are open to multilingual understandings.
Furthermore, this conference aims to build on Gilroy's ground-breaking study by specifically addressing the issue of gender and female performance, and by extending the focus from the Northern Hemisphere to embrace lesser-explored south-south cultural dialogues and exchanges beyond the Anglophone worlds.
The conference will bring together scholars working in Francophone, German, Lusophone and Hispanic Studies, as well as African diaspora studies and Anglophone literary and historical studies, and will advance discussions of the construction and performativity of 'race' in a trans-Atlantic context from a comparative perspective.
The conference will take place at the 502 Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool over 11th and 12th June. Full conference programme can be found here.