In the tradition of previous efforts to organize the diaspora around urgent questions besetting Black life, the Black Environmentalisms symposium convenes scholars, writers, artists, and practitioners grappling with Black environmental precarity across the diaspora. As we survive, subvert, and live against the grain of the Anthropocene, it is time we gather to compare notes. The symposium aims to recalibrate the theory and practice of environmental studies from a Black humanistic angle. In our usage, Black environmentalisms point to the multiple worldmaking projects anchored in Black cultures and epistemologies. The theme is a bold signpost to the ambitious paradigms, original research questions, and new lines of inquiry in the environmental humanities that we hope will emerge from this symposium. Centering Black communities as ground zero for equitable planetary changes and insightful epistemologies, the symposium contributes to the important project of putting African and African diaspora studies in mutually sustaining dialogue while enriching environmental studies.
Speakers: Akua Banful; Alexis Pauline Gumbs; Allegra Ayida; Ashley Gripper; Caroline Adhola; Chris Onyema; Elizabeth DeLoughrey; Elleza Kelley; Emily McGiffin; Eunice Ngongkum; Evan Mwangi; Gabrielle Hecht; Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin; J. Kameron Carter; Jacob Dlamini; Jennifer Wenzel; J. T. Roane; Kassidi Jones; Kathryn Yusoff; Kimberly Bain; Kirk Sides; Paul Outka; Paul Ugor; Rasheed Tazudeen; Sandrine Ndahiro; Sule Egya; Tao Leigh Goffe; Zina Saro-Wiwa.
Symposium on Black Environmentalisms
Date: 13-14 October 2022 (9am-6pm)
Venue: Sterling Library Lecture Hall (1st Floor Sterling Memorial Library)
Please register at: https://tinyurl.com/black-environmentalisms