"But What Does Wonder Do?": A Conference of Emergent Black Studies
A Call for Presenters
Stanford University, April 11-12, 2019
Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract that includes name and institutional affiliation to Dr. Jakeya Caruthers at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 4, 2019. We will inform applicants of their acceptance by late February. Full drafts will be due at a later date. Please contact Dr. Caruthers with any additional questions.
For half a century, Black Studies has represented a crucial continuity in thinking blackness and its meaning in the world. It draws on the analytic imperatives set by black scholarly forebears: poets, playwrights, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, preachers, all. As scholars like Fred Moten note, it also represents crucial epistemic and political ruptures in the institution and knowledge by/about black life. Inasmuch as Black Studies is a project of consciousness – of wonder – we ask the question, as once asked Sylvia Wynter, “But What Does Wonder Do?”
Wynter, a treasured former Director of African & African American Studies at Stanford and a philosophical driver of the field, posed the question in a reckoning around meaning, discipline, and questions of blackness and the human. On the 50th Anniversary of Black Studies, we build on these and many other questions to invite the emergent explorations and evocations – the wonderings – that dare cut new edges in the field.
We invite Junior Scholars (those awarded PhDs within the last five years), Postdocs, and strong ABD graduate students from all disciplines, subfields, and areas of Africana Studies to submit individual papers or creative scholarship from any discipline to a convening of emerging scholars at Stanford University.
Possible analytic, methodological, thematic directions include (but are not limited to):
Black Feminist Theory
Black Queer Theory
Art and Visual Culture
Musicology and Sound Studies
Embodiment and Sexuality
The Black Atlantic
Language and Literature
Health and Medical Humanities
Science, Technology, Digital Studies
Film and Media Studies