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The annual international conference was introduced for the first time this year. It was organized in collaboration with the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) at the University of Ghana (Legon), where it was held, and established a partnership between the HTI and CMS at the University of Ghana. Forty-five (45) papers were presented and approximately 130 participants attended the conference. It was decided that, in two years, the HTI and CMS will co-organize a workshop at the HTI focusing on major issues that emerged from the papers presented at the 2019 conference.   

Conference General Co-Chairs: Professor Gertrude Mianda (Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Toronto) & Joseph Teye (Center for Migration Studies, University of Ghana, Accra)

Conference Program Co-Organizers: Prof. Joseph Mensah (York University) & Dr. Leander Kandilige (CMS, Univ. of Ghana)

Conference Co-Treasurers: Dr. Mary Setrana (CMS) & Dr. Jeffery Squire (York University)

Conference Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Sylvia Bawa (York University)

Steering Committee Members:

Prof. Gertrude Mianda, Harriet Tubman Institute, York University, Canada
Prof. Joseph Teye, Center for Migration Studies (CMS), University of Ghana

Prof. Joseph Mensah,York University
Dr. Jeffrey Squire, York University
Dr. Leander Kandilige, CMS, University of Ghana
Dr. Sylvia Bawa, York University
Dr. Mary Setrana, CMS, University of Ghana
Dr. David Firang, Trent University, Peterborough, ON. Canada
Dr. Roger Oppong Koranteng, Head, Public Sector Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK
Ambassador Emmanuel Enos, Ghana Ambassador to The State of Qatar

The keynote by Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo (Bowdoin College) and Dr. Pablo Idahosa’s (York University) closing remarks for the Transatlantic Memories, Blackness, and African Diasporic Identity: Now and in the Future International conference are now available on YouTube.

HTI organized this two day event on 11–12 May 2022 to mark the International Decade for People of Africa Descent, and in consideration of the ongoing struggles of African peoples, including those in diasporic communities.

To mark the International Decade for People of Africa Descent, and in consideration of the ongoing struggles of African peoples, including those in diasporic communities, the Harriet Tubman Institute is organizing a virtual interdisciplinary conference on Wednesday and Thursday, 11–12 May 2022.

Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo will give the conference keynote lecture on Africa Tomorrow: Building Modernity, Economic Wealth, and  Human Freedom and Dignity Through Knowledge on 11 May 2022 at 09:00 EDT. Professor Vété-Congolo is the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Bowdoin College; President, Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Watch Dr. Vété-Congolo's keynote at this link

African Studies and Development Studies scholar Dr. Pablo Idahosa (York University) will offer closing remarks—Within and Beyond the Faultlines of Black Atlanticism—on 12 May 2022 at 16:30 EDT. Watch Dr. Idahosa's remarks at this link.

Transatlantic Memories, Blackness, and African Diasporic Identity: Now and in the Future International Conference poster

Panels

  • Diasporic Identity Formations and the Continent
  • Histories and Geographies of Blackness
  • Migration (African and Caribbean) and Blackness in Canada
  • Blackness and the Performing Arts (Music, Film, Theatre and Visual Arts)
  • Space and Black Bodies (Historical, Contemporary Occupation)
  • Memory/Memories: Blackness and the Performing Arts
  • Histories and Geographies of Blackness
  • Moving Forward: Africa and Diasporic-African Futures
  • Within and Beyond the Faultlines of Black Atlanticism

The conference program is available at this link.

For more information: tubman@yorku.ca.