GENDERING THE DIASPORA: WOMEN, CULTURE AND HISTORICAL CHANGE IN THE CARIBBEAN AND THE NIGERIAN HINTERLAND  

Call for Papers


DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

NOVEMBER 22-24, 2002

Sponsors:
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
YORK UNIVERSITY-UNESCO NIGERIAN HINTERLAND PROJECT/TEXT
AND TESTIMONY COLLECTIVE (UWI-MONA)

The aims of this conference are three-fold. First, it will bring together scholars of the Caribbean and the Nigerian hinterland to examine the experiences of women from both regions in comparative perspective and to historicize the linkages between the Caribbean and the Nigerian hinterland. The region identified as the Nigerian hinterland includes Nigeria and the Republic of Benin as well as Togo, Ghana, Niger and Cameroon. Second, it will locate these analyses in the broader context of
the African Diaspora. Third, it aims to encourage the production of scholarship that both extends and challenges our current writing of African and Caribbean women's history/cultures, and integrates gender analysis more systematically into our conceptualization of the African Diaspora.

Themes:
1. Africa in the Imagination of the Caribbean
2. The Caribbean in the African Imagination.
3. African ethnicities and the formation of Caribbean Cultures
4. Stories of enslavement and indenture
5. Stories of Migration
6. Labor Mobility between the Nigerian Hinterland and the Caribbean
7. Engendering Pan-Africanism
8. African and Caribbean Women - Meetings in the Metropoles
9. Women, Trade and Agricultural Production
10. Colonial gender policies in the Nigerian Hinterland and the Caribbean
11. The Challenges and Possibilities of Intellectual and Scholarly Migrations and Movements

If you have questions or need clarification please contact conference organizers:
Verene Shepherd,
Department of History, UWI-Mona (verenalber@yahoo.com);
Veronica Gregg,
Department of Black and Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College (vgregg@hunter.cuny.edu); or
Judith Byfield,
Department of History, Dartmouth College (jbyfield@dartmouth.edu).

A one page, single-spaced abstract should be sent either as an attachment or by mail to

Gail Vernazza,
Department of History,
Dartmouth College,
6107 Reed Hall,
Hanover, NH 03755.
(Gail.M.Vernazza@Dartmouth.EDU)

Deadline: June 10th, 2002.


Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Email: nigerian@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 650-8173