Spring 2014 BIT meetings

May 15 The Copyright Thing Don’t Work Here

Discussion with Prof. Boatema Boateng (UCSD – Communications) on her book The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here: Adinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana 

May 29 “Revolution and Other Chatter: Women’s Solidarities and the Voice of Black Power”

A talk by Prof. Shana Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

June 5 The Fear of French Negros

Discussion with Prof. Sara Johnson (UCSD – Literature) on her book The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas

Winter Quarter BIT meetings

Jan 29th Queering Diaspora

Readings:
“Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture” introduction to special issue of GLQ – Jafari S. Allen
“Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Queer Imaginings of the Middle Passage” – Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
“What the Sands Remember” – Vanessa Agard-Jones
“Outside in Black Studies: Reading from a Queer Place in Diaspora” – Rinaldo Walcott

Feb. 19th Black Star, Crescent Moon

Readings:
“What is this Black in the Black Diaspora?” – Michelle Stephens

“One and Divisible: Meditations on Global Blackness” – Silvio Torres-Saillant
Introduction (An Empire State of Mind), Chapter 1 (“You Remember Dien Bien Phu!”) and Chapter 3 (Return of the Mecca) from Sohail Daulatzai’s Black Star, Crescent Moon

March 5th Brown Bag with Prof. Sohail Daulatzai, UC-Irvine

Readings:
Introduction, chapter 1, and chapter 5 (“Protect Ya Neck: Global Incarceration, Islam, and the Black Radical Imagination” from Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America 

Second Meeting Nov. 8

The second meeting of this quarter will be held on Nov. 8

We will be discussing the following texts:

Michael West & William Martin’s “Introduction: Countours of the Black International” in From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution (2005)

Gary Okhiro, “Afterward: Toward a Black Pacific” in AfroAsian Encounters (2006)

J. Lorand Matory, “Introduction” in Black Atlantic Religion (2005)
Heidi Feldman, “The Black Pacific: Cuban and Brazilian Echoes in the Afro-Peruvian Revival in Ethnomusicology (2005)
For more information, please direct inquiries to v2singh at ucsd dot edu

First Meeting of BIT

The first meeting of the Black Internationalism/Transnationalism research group will be held on Friday, Oct. 11.

The readings for the first meeting are:

Paul Gilroy, Black Atlantic (selections)
Brent Hayes Edwards, “The Uses of Diaspora,” Social Text
Sandra Gunning, Tera Hunter, and Michelle Mitchell, eds., Dialogues of Dispersal
Leopold Sedar Senghor, “Negritude: A Humanism of the Twentieth Century”

For further details, please e-mail v2singh at ucsd dot edu