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(To post information to the ASA-SREM website, please contact:
Shirley A. Jackson at jacksons1@southernct.edu )


The African American and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Society
Ninth Annual Herman C. Hudson Symposium
Indiana University, Bloomington
Theme: Black Diasporas: Reimagining Race, Space and Community"
March 29th – 31st 2012

The African American and African Diaspora Studies Graduate Society Presents the at presents "Black Diasporas: Reimagining Race, Space and Community" March 29th – 31st 2012. This conference seeks to examine the relationship between "Geography" and "Race" in historical and contemporary diasporic space. The interplay of space, place and “blackness” is complex and contradictory and offers an opportunity to explore the lived and imagined experiences of diasporic and migrant communities. Although the conference privileges "Black" Diasporas, we welcome abstracts that can offer comparative perspectives. The conference draws attention to the constructed natures of categories, "Black" and "Geography,” emphasizing the complex ways in which they inform each other, shaping the formation of individual and communal identities. We encourage papers and artwork that deal with (but are not limited to) the following topics: § Writing the Body as Geographies of Race
§ The Body as a Geographic Object
§ The Mind as a Geographic Space
§ Displacement/Dislocation & Race
§ Memory & Space
§ Futuristic Geographies of Race
§ Queer Geographies/Diasporas
§ Environmental/Social Justice
§ Sound, Space & Race
§ Sexualized Space(s)
§ Space & Religion
§ Eroticism & Space

We welcome submissions from graduate and undergraduate students, scholars, creative artists and community and cultural workers. Interested panelists should submit a 150-word abstract and a 50-75-word bio. Presenters who are interested in displaying visual art should submit a digital CD in jpeg.format of their work along with a 150-word project statement that speaks to the conference theme. Those interested in exhibiting their topic via poster board should follow the guidelines for submitting a paper and visual art abstract. We welcome panel proposals that should include a description of the theme, a 150-word abstract from each paper, the name of the panel chair, and a 50-75-word bio for each participant. All abstracts should include the organizational affiliation of each participant. Submission Deadline: January 31st, 2012. Please email abstracts and accompanying information to the attention of the Abstract Committee, at hchs@indiana.edu. If submitting a CD, please indicate this in your email. CDs should be sent viapostal mail to the attention of the AAADS Abstract Committee at (must be postmarked by January 31st, 2012):

Herman C. Hudson
Symposium 2012
Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies
Indiana University
Memorial Hall, M18
1021 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47403.


Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America, and South Africa
Birkbeck, University of London
May 29-30, 2012

This conference, which is part of an ongoing Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, will bring together academics, church leaders, practitioners and community activists to explore the role that churches play in the construction of identities in societies where issues of race and racism are played out in the public sphere. We are particularly interested in exploring the role and place of black churches in transitional political, religious and cultural contexts. We welcome conceptual, practical and theoretical papers, individual case studies and comparative work exploring the role that churches play or could play in assisting social, political and cultural transformation in multicultural contexts.

*Abstracts of 150 to 200 words are invited on the conference theme.

Possible panels include:

Faith and Multiculturalism, Faith Institutions and African, Immigration,Faith Institutions and Urban Disorders, Religious/Political Extremism, Gender Equality, Black Identities and the Black Church, Faith Based Community Development, Black Churches and Interfaith/Intercultural Relations, Youth Identities, Crime and Social Justice.

Please submit abstracts by Dec 15th 2011 to:

*Dr William Ackah (Birkbeck College) ackah@bbk.ac.uk

*Dr. R. Drew Smith (Morehouse College) rsmith@morehouse.edu

*Dr. Rothney Tshaka (University of South Africa) tshakrs@unisa.ac.za

Suggested alternative panels and papers on other themes are also welcome. Please contact us to discuss further.

*Registration Information*

Cost: Standard - £70 Birkbeck Staff and all students - £35
Delegates will receive conference programme/pack, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch as part of this package.


International Forum of Sociology
Research Committee (25) on Language & Society of the International Sociology Association (ISA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 1-4, 2012

The Research Committee (25) on Language & Society of the International Sociology Association (ISA) has recently posted its call for papers for the Second International Forum of Sociology to be hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-4, 2012 Information about RC25 sessions and calls for papers can be found at: http://www.isa-sociology.org/buenos-aires-2012/rc/rc.php?n=RC25 .


The Ninth Biennial International/Interdisciplinary Research Conference of The Afro-Latin/American Research Association (ALARA)

Theme: “(Con)textualizing Afro-Latin/American Studies in the 21st Century”
San José, Costa Rica
August 7-10, 2012

The conference organizers are soliciting one-page abstracts for papers in Spanish, English, French, or Portuguese, as well as proposals for panels on literary, historical, linguistic, social science, and other relevant topics. Although all proposals will be considered, papers/panels exploring this year's theme are particularly welcome.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - January 13, 2012
(Full Panel Abstracts are Encouraged)
Send abstracts via E-MAIL to:
ALARA 2012 c/o Dr. Luisa Ossa
Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages
La Salle University
E-mail: ossa@lasalle.edu

Conference Organizing Committee: Prof. William Luis – Vanderbilt University
Prof. Dorothy Mosby—Mount Holyoke College
Prof. Daniel Mosquera –Union College
Prof. Luisa Ossa, La Salle University
Prof. Laurence Prescott – Penn State University
Prof. Antonio Tillis – Dartmouth College
Please visit: www.alarascholars.org for details.