Black Arts International: Temporalities and Territories




Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be coordinating an immersive black feminist delegation to this conference.   Participants will live together for the course of the week, participate in the events and synthesize them together over food and tea. 

Conference Schedule

Monday, October 9

12 – 1:30 pm (Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street)

Official Opening of the Conference by E. Patrick Johnson, Chair of African American Studies and Carlos Montezuma Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Keynote Address: Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English, Harvard University

Post-Keynote Reception: Harris Hall 108, 1881 Sheridan Road 

4:30 pm (Mary & Leigh Block Museum Auditorium, 40 Arts Circle Drive)

Film Screening of Sankofa (1993) with Director Haile Gerima

Post Screening Discussion:  Ben Jones, Graduate Student, Art History, Moderator 


Haile Gerima, Film Director and Professor of Communication, Howard University

Michael Boyce Gillespie, Associate Professor of Film and Black Studies, City College of New York (CUNY)

Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film, University of Georgia

Tukufu Zuberi, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania


Tuesday, October 10

12 – 1:30 pm (The Arts Circle, Ryan Building for the Musical Arts, 70 Arts Circle Drive)

Undergraduate Poetry Slam, curated by TBA

6:30 pm  (Peckish Pig, 623 Howard Street, Evanston) —Reservations Required, RSVP here

Fumi Okiji, BAI Postdoctoral Fellow, and Vocalist

Performance of “Record Rituals” featuring the musical group, Abiku Tutu

Post-Performance Discussion: Brittnay Proctor, PhD Candidate, African American Studies, Moderator


Omi Osun Joni Jones, Professor of African and African American Studies, Universty of Texas-Austin

Meta Jones, Associate Professor of English, Howard University


Wednesday, October 11

12 – 1:30 pm (Harris Hall 108)

A Reading and Conversation: Delali Kumavie, PhD Candidate, English, Moderator

Reading by Caryl Phillips, Professor of English, Yale University

A Conversation between Chris Abani, Board of Trustees Professor of English, Northwestern and Caryl Phillips

7:30 pm (Links Hall Studio, 3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago) —Reservations Required, RSVP here

Dance Performance: Fremde Tänze by Nelisiwe Xaba, Dance and Choreographer, South Africa


Thursday, October 12

7:30 pm (Josephine Louis Theatre,  20 Arts Circle Drive)

Play by Tarell McCraney: In the Red and Brown Water (2010)

Opening Night Reception: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Arts Circle Drive)


Friday, October 13

9:30 – 11:30 am (Block Museum Auditorium)

Panel Discussion of Nelisiwe Xaba’s Fremde Tänze

Mlondi Zondi, PhD Candidate, Performance Studies, Moderator


Hershini Young, Professor of English, University of Buffalo

Reggie Wilson, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Fist and Heel Performance Group

Brent Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Aimee Cox, Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University

11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 – 2 pm (Louis Theatre)

A Conversation with Tarell McCraney, Playwright, Yale University

Interviewer: Aymar Christian, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

2:00-2:30 pm Break

2:30 – 4:00 pm (Block Museum Auditorium)

Panel Discussion of Carrie Mae Weems’ “Ritual and Revolution” Exhibit (Alsdorf Gallery of Block Museum

LaCharles Ward, PhD Candidate, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Moderator


Michael Hanchard, Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Gina Athena Ulysse, Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University

Romi Crawford, Associate Professor of Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute Chicago

4:00 – 4:15 pm (Block Museum Auditorium) 

Closing Remarks


6:00 – 8 pm  (Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago)

Returns, Pan African Congress at the University of Chicago

Keynote Address: Dominique Malaquais, Senior Researcher in Political Science, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Saturday, October 14

11:30 am – 7 pm (Logan Center, The University of Chicago)

Panels and Time Forthcoming

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