41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the
NEW YORK AFRICAN(A) STUDIES ASSOCIATION
at The City College (CUNY) and Columbia University
1-2 April 2016
CALL FOR PROPOSALS / ABSTRACTS
FINAL DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS 12 February 2016
THEME: MUSIC AND THE ARTS OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA
NYASA’S 41st conference is historic on all levels. It is the first time we will present the theme of Music and the Arts and a first time collaboration between The City College (CUNY), Columbia University, and the organization. It is also the first time the conference will present live performances, film screenings, and exhibitions.
Music and the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora are defined in their totality, including all types of performance, visual, and mediatized cultural forms from within their traditional contexts to their contemporary manifestations. The conference will focus on broad themes within these genres such as spirituality, religion, politics, expressive culture, literature, languages, gender, science, health, identity, nationalism, and Pan-Africanism.
NYASA 2016 welcomes proposals for presentations, panels, posters, roundtables, and plenary sessions on all topics, but especially welcomes proposals that focus on the following:
- Music and Art
- Theater and drama
- Total Art
- Traditional musics and contemporary music, i.e. Gnawa, Reggae, Afrobeat, Hip Hop
- Music and Art in the political sphere, Music in Politics, Art and Politics
- Music and Art in the social sphere, Music and Social Consciousness, Art and Social Consciousness
- Expressive culture and medicine
- Art and Medicine, Performance and Medicine,
- Music and spirituality, Art and spirituality, Performance and spirituality, Ritual
- Music and Art as Ideology, Nationalism in music and art, Pan-Africanism in music and art
- Architecture and design, Body Art, Textile Arts, Work Songs
- Spirituality and/or ReligionArt and performance in daily life
- Visual Representations
- Photography in the Africana world
- Films in the Africana World
- Visual Artists and their works
- Gender and Art
- Gender and Music
- Literature and Art
- Literature and Music
- Literature and Performance
- Prison Music /Art
- Children’s music /Art
- Funereal Art and Performance
- Development and music
- Development and art
Other topics for papers will be considered, as will proposals to organize panels and to promote student participation. By 12 February 2016 please send abstracts of not more than 150 words to the attention of Kevin Hickey, Vice President, at email@example.com .
Participants must be registered and presentation papers must be submitted by 02 March 2016 to be listed in the program and considered for publication. Register at www.nyasa.org. For further inquiries call: 877-994-2647 or 212-650-8651.
Faculty, Students, Administrative staff, staff and alumni with valid Columbia University or City College of New York ID can present or attend the conference for free.
NYASA, founded in 1967 as the SUNY African Studies Faculty Association, is a nonprofit membership association—incorporated as NYASA in 1975—dedicated to advancing the discipline of Africana Studies. NYASA is open to all with an interest in Africa and the Diaspora. As a regional organization, the New York African Studies Association promotes the visibility and advancement of the discipline in New York State and surrounding areas, offers opportunities for scholarly and professional development of educators, and provides enhanced education for community members, leaders, and activists.
Again, Proposals should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NYASA looks forward to your participation.
The Nyasa Organizing Committee