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Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 3

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Corinne Duboin
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Claudine Raynaud

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Melba Joyce Boyd is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, which is also where she earned her doctorate in English in 1979. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1983-4, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 2009. She is a filmmaker, biographer, editor and author of nine books of poetry. Her book, Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall (2009), won the 2010 Independent Publishers Award, the 2010 Library of Michigan Notable Books Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the ForeWord Book Award for Poetry. Wrestling with the Muse: Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press received a 2004 Honor Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Her subsequent work, Discarded Legacy: Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911 (1994) was widely reviewed and praised by literary critics and historians. She is also the author of 65 essays on African American literature, film and culture. Her last collection of poems, Death Dance of a Butterfly, was published in 2012, received the 2018 Library of Michigan Notable Book Award for Poetry.

Corinne Duboin is Professor of English at the University of Réunion Island, France. She has published book chapters and scholarly articles on African American and Caribbean literatures (the CLA Journal, Commonwealth, the Mississippi Quarterly, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, the Southern Literary Journal, Transatlantica). She co-edited a collection of essays on the representations of the city in West Indian fiction (La ville plurielle dans la fiction antillaise anglophone: Images de l’interculturel, Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2000). She is also the editor of Urban America in Black Women’s Fiction (Alizés 22, 2002), Dérives et déviances (Le Publieur, 2005), Les Représentations de la deviance (L’Harmattan, 2005), Récit, mémoire et histoire (T & D 34, 2008, with M. Aït-Aarab), and Repenser la diversité: le sujet diasporique (Océan Éditions, 2013).

Michael A. Gomez is currently Professor of History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, having served as the Director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) from its inception in 2000 to 2007, and is currently the Series Editor of the Cambridge Studies on the African Diaspora, Cambridge University Press. He has also served as Chair of the History Departments at both New York University (2004 to 2007) and Spelman College (1989 to 1992, and again from 1993 to 1997), and as President of UNESCO’s International Scientific Committee for the Slave Route Project from 2009 to 2011. His first book, Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu (Cambridge UP, 1992), examines a Muslim polity in what is now eastern Senegal. His next publication, Exchanging Our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (U of North Carolina P, 1998), is concerned with questions of culture and race as they were informed by the African presence and experience. Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora (Cambridge UP, 2005) is primarily aimed at an undergraduate audience, and is more fully involved with the idea of an African diaspora, as is Diasporic Africa: A Reader (New York UP, 2006), an edited volume that spans time and space in investigating key themes and issues. Black Crescent: African Muslims in the Americas (Cambridge UP 2005) continues with the study of the African diaspora by looking at the ways in which African Muslims negotiated their bondage and freedom throughout the Americas, but in a way that allows for significant integration of Islamic Africa. Primarily a cultural and social historian of both Africa and its diaspora, Gomez is completing a two-volume work on the history of early and medieval West Africa, with a focus on imperial Mali and Songhay, after which he will to return to the African diaspora to undertake a comprehensive study.

Delphine Gras teaches African American and Comparative literature at Florida Gulf Coast University with a specialization in twentieth-century literature of the Americas and the African Diaspora. As a scholar, she focuses on Black music and literature, Literature and Cultural Studies of the Americas, and American Ethnic Studies and Border Theory. She regularly presents at the MLA, ACLA, NAES conferences. Her most recent publication on Shay Youngblood will soon be published in JEAL. Additionally, she has published an essay on African American music and the public sphere as well as several reviews. She is currently finishing her manuscript The New Negro Flow: The Musical Discourse of the Literary Griots of the Americas, which was a finalist for the 2011 Vanderbilt ICI book competition on the African Diaspora.

D. Quentin Miller is Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston where he has taught since 2000. He has published two books on James Baldwin (Re-Viewing James Baldwin: Things Not Seen, 2000, and ‘A Criminal Power’: James Baldwin and the Law, 2012) as well as more than a dozen articles and reference volume entries on Baldwin. He organized and hosted the 2009 conference on Baldwin in Boston and was on plenary panels at the 2007 conference in London and the 2011 conference in New York. He is also a scholar of contemporary American prison literature (including the book Prose and Cons, 2005) and of John Updike (including the book John Updike and the Cold War, 2001). He is one of the editors of The Heath Anthology of American Literature. His current projects include editing a new collection of essays on Charles Chesnutt.

Maggi M. Morehouse, Associate Professor of Southern History and Director of the Burroughs Fund in Southern Studies at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina, is the first graduate of the African Diaspora Studies program at the University of California Berkeley, completing her Ph.D. in 2001. Today, she teaches southern history with a focus on connecting the American South to global diasporas and migrations. She is author of Fighting in the Jim Crow Army and editor of Civil War America: A Social & Cultural History. She is currently at work on The Routledge Handbook of the American South, a guide to southern culture and history. She is a former Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. In addition to traditional scholarship, she has been working with media, providing historical consultation and crafting oral histories into visual short stories on topics ranging from black soldiers, to enslaved potters, to southern women, to diaspora and migration.

Anthony S. Parent Jr. received his Ph.D. in history from UCLA. He is professor of History and American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University. He is also Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. His scholarly focus areas are African America, colonial America, and the history of sexuality. His current research includes Virginia slave society, a history of slave rebellion, and African American service during the American Revolution. He serves on the Museum of Early American Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) Advisory Board, where he is assisting in the interpretation of rooms where Harriet Jacobs lived as a slave girl. Parent is author of Foul Means: The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 (2003) and co-author (with Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, and William G. Shade) of Old Dominion New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia (2007). He is also author of ’Home and House in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’ and ‘Slave Songs as a Public Poetics of Resistance’ in Anthony S. Parent Jr. and Ulrike Wiethaus, eds., Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History (2013).

Malin Pereira, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, specializes in African American and American literatures, especially contemporary African American poetry. Her books include Embodying Beauty: Twentieth Century American Women Writers’ Aesthetics, Rita Dove’s Cosmopolitanism, and Into a Light Both Brilliant and Unseen: Conversations with Contemporary Black Poets. She has published on a wide range of authors in the African American and American literary traditions, including Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Alexander, Cyrus Cassells, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Wanda Coleman. Dr. Pereira routinely serves as a peer reviewer of new scholarly work submitted to journals and university presses. Former Chair of UNC Charlotte’s Department of English and currently Executive Director of its Honors College, she is a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi and was elected to and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English. She is a member of the Collegium of African American Research, the Modern Language Association, and a supporter of Cave Canem, a workshop for black poetry.

Alix Pierre is Assistant Professor at Spelman College in the departments of African Diaspora and the World and World Languages and Literature. His research interest is in the artistic response of people of African descent to the state of diglossia in a (neo) colonial context. He recently taught a seminar on the Transnational Diasporic West African Griot Tradition at the Bahia State University of Santa Cruz, Brazil. He collaborated with the Balé Folclorico da Bahia. He is on the editorial board of Caribbean Vistas Journal and Négritude: Review of Afro and Latin American Studies His latest publications have appeared in the CLA Journal and Caribbean Studies.

Claudine Raynaud, Professor of English and American Studies at Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3, has taught in England (Birmingham and Liverpool) and the United States (Michigan, Northwestern and Oberlin). A Fellow at the Du Bois Institute (Harvard, Fall 2005), she was vice president of the CEAA when Michel Fabre was its president, has headed GRAAT, the nationwide African American Studies Research Group in Tours and works at the CNRS. She is the author of Toni Morrison: L’Esthétique de la survie (1995) and numerous articles on black autobiography (Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Lorde), Joyce and feminist theory. Her most current publications are ‘Coming of Age in the African American Novel’, The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel (2004), an anthology of articles on Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (CRAFT, 2005), ‘Beloved or the Shifting Shapes of Memory’, The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison (2007), the co-edition of collection of essays on Gloria Naylor (L’Harmattan, 2012) and a book chapter on Hurston’s Tell my Horse in F. Sweeney and K. Marsh eds., Afromodernisms, Paris, Harlem and the Avant-Garde, Edinburgh UP, 2013.

Mark A. Reid is Professor of English at the University of Florida. Reid is an Affiliate in the Center for African Studies and the African American Studies Programs. He is the author of Redefining Black Film (University of California Press, 1993), PostNegritude Visual and Literary Culture (SUNY Press, 1997), and Black Lenses, Black Voices: African American Film Now (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). Additionally, he edited Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and co-edited of Le Cinéma noir américain (CinémAction/Cerf, 1988). His theoretical and critical works investigate issues of black identity and cinematic representations of blackness. Reid’s scholarship also seeks to recuperate and historicize black-themed films, African-American and Afro-European filmmakers in the U.S. and the francophone world. His work appears in numerous journals, such as Black Film Review, Film Criticism, Jump Cut, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Wide Angle and in such film anthologies as Film Genre 2000: New Critical Essays and Cinemas of the Black Diaspora. Currently, he is the editor of The Companion to African American Film (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming) and working on a book-length project that extends the focus of his second book by offering a comparative analysis of PostNegritude visual and literary culture in contemporary French cinema.

Alan Rice is Professor in English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Bowling Green State University, Ohio and Keele. He has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic for the past two decades including publishing Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003). Alan was academic advisor to the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster, was editor in chief of Manchester’s Revealing Histories Website and a co-curator of the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester’s 2007-8 exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery. His latest monograph is Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010) and his latest edited collection is a special issue of Atlantic Studies on the ‘Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage’ edited with Johanna Kardux (2012). He is also continuing the work on black abolitionists in Britain started in his co-edited Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform (Georgia, 1999) with a new collection in Slavery and Abolition (2012) with Fionnghuala Sweeney. He has given keynote presentations in Britain, Germany, the United State and France and contributed to documentaries for the BBC, Border Television and public broadcasting in America. He is an advisor to museums in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester. His latest publication is a catalogue essay for Manchester’s We Face Forward West African Art exhibition.

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy is the author of Neo-Slave Narratives: The Social Logic of a Literary Form (Oxford, 1999), Remembering Generations: Race and Family in Contemporary African American Fiction (North Carolina, 2001), American Lynching (Yale, 2012), and The End of American Lynching (Rutgers, 2012). He is Professor in and Chair of the African American Studies Program and a Professor in the English Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Heather Smyth is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research areas include Canadian multiracial literature, Caribbean literature, and postcolonial studies of gender and sexuality. Publications appear in such venues as Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne, and Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. She is the Associate Editor (Canada) for MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.

Lisa Veroni-Paccher is American studies Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. Her research in African American politics is dedicated to the evolution from protest to politics of African American political leadership from the end of the 1960s to the contemporary era, with special emphasis on black presidential candidates and electoral strategies that accompany them. She is the author of ‘The end of the African American political space? The Court, redistricting and black interests in contemporary America’, in Espaces et Terres d’Amérique, Anglophonia 19. Toulouse: PUM, 2006, 211–221; ‘Conceptualizing Postracialism in the 21st century: Politics, Public Opinion and Reality in Black and White, ’ dir. David Diallo, Revue de recherche en civilisation américaine, 3, 2011; ‘Les nouveaux citoyens noirs à l’ère du Black Power (1966-1980): l’impossible amitié politique en noir... et blanc?’ in Diego Jarak, dir. ‘Amitiés. Le cas des mondes américains’, CAFE, Cahiers des Amériques - Figure de l’entre, Vol. 2, 105–125, Editions La Promenade, Université de La Rochelle, 2012.

Christine Vogt-William, a native of Singapore, studied English, German and Psychology at the University of Essen, Germany. Between 2002-2008, Vogt-William was a junior lecturer and research assistant at the Department of New English Literatures and Cultures at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. She spent a year (2006 -2007), at the University of York, England as a Marie Curie Gender Graduate Fellow and completed her doctoral thesis on ‘Women and Transculturality in Contemporary Fictions by South Asian Diasporic Women Writers’. Besides publications on South Asian diasporic women’s literature from the US, Canada, England and the Caribbean, she co-edited and contributed to Disturbing Bodies (2008), an essay collection on artistic and literary representations of deviant bodies. Vogt-William was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Women’s Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, from 2008 to 2010. She taught in the Postcolonial and Media Studies Department at the University of Muenster, Germany, between 2009-2011. Vogt-William has embarked on her postdoctoral project at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, entitled: ‘Twins in American and Anglophone Literatures’. She taught at the North American Studies department at the University of Freiburg, Germany from 2012 to 2014. She is currently guest professor (in the areas of Postcolonial Studies and Gender Studies) at the English and American Studies department at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Jennifer M. Wilks is an associate professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also an affiliate of the Program in Comparative Literature. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Comparative Black Modernism (Louisiana State University Press, 2008), and her essays have appeared in African-American Review, Callaloo, and Modern Fiction Studies. Her translation (French to English) of the 19th-century French and Swiss diaries of African American activist Mary Church Terrell is in press, and she is currently at work on two book projects: a history of transpositions of the Carmen story set in African diasporic contexts and a study of representations of race and apocalypse in contemporary literature and culture. She spent spring 2013 as a visiting professor in the Département du Monde Anglophone at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.

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