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(c) 2019 Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin

POSTPONED due to coronavirus

Please join us June 17-20, 2021

Barring unforseen circumstances, all 2020 keynote speakers and creative faculty will participate next year

Register here for the online Home Edition

June 20, 2020

Schedule & Program

For your information, below was the planned program for 2020.

We expect next year's gathering to be very similar. 

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Plenary Sessions and All-Attendee Gatherings

Included in registration

Opening Plenary

Welcome reception with music, dessert & champagne

Refreshments included in registration

Saint-Paul de Vence sunset art stroll

Spoken word and music open mic, Baldwin memorabilia exhibit, virtual house tour, short films

Vigil for Jimmy's House

Homage and remembrance with an up-close view of the site of his former home, hosted by his next-door neighbor

Storytime with Cornel: Little Man, Little Man

Dr. Cornel West and other Baldwin scholars perform a bilingual reading of Baldwin's book for children 

Dance Party with DJ Lynnee Denise

Party under the stars with a Baldwin-themed dance set

Closing Plenary

  • Keynote address by Dr. Cornel West

  • Literary readings by creative faculty members Ed Pavlic and Cornelius Eady

  • Performance: scene from James Baldwin's final, unpublished play The Welcome Table 

Saturday night gala dinner to benefit writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin ($90 per person for conference attendees)

A glittery soiree to launch a $3 million campaign to establish and endow La Maison Baldwin Residence for Writers

Meals and Refreshments

Vegan and gluten-free options available

Thursday evening opening reception included in registration

Post-dinner dessert & champagne

Friday and Saturday Breakfast included in registration

Coffee, juice & croissants at local cafes

Thursday and Friday special conference dinner offerings (menu options from $15 to $35)

Fifteen local restaurants offer discounts and chef's specials for conference attendees

Friday and Saturday Picnic lunch en plen air (menu options from $10 to $25)

Gourmet food trucks and local restaurants serve lunch at a private picnic spot with a stunning village view

Saturday night gala dinner to benefit La Maison Baldwin ($90 for conference attendees)

A glittery soiree to launch a $3 million capital campaign to establish a writers' residency in the spirit of James Baldwin

Sunday Jazz Brunch  included in registration

Sweet & savory menu

Panels, Roundtables and Craft Classes

Baldwin’s Children: Generations of Belonging, Abandonment, & Re-definition

Academic Track

01

This interdisciplinary panel examines James Baldwin's articulations of black childhood as a lived experience and a contested political terrain. Foregrounding the themes of belonging, abandonment, and re-definition, panelists creatively reimagine Black childhood at the dynamic intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and age in national and diasporic contexts.

Max Cavitch is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of American Elegy (2007) and of numerous articles on American and African American Literatures, Cinema, Poetics, and Psychoanalytic Studies. Forthcoming works include a new edition of Walt Whitman’s Specimen Days and a critical history of autobiography.

Jallicia Jolly is a Jamaican-American writer, spoken word poet, and PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. Inspired by the works of James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Staceyanne Chin, and Joshua Bennett, Jallicia uses performance poetry to cultivate emotional and cultural connections across the borders of race, gender, class, and nationality.

Myisha Priest is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School at NYU. She is currently completing a book manuscript, The Children's Miracle: The Impact of Children on Black Political Life, an interdisciplinary project that considers how figures of children and children’s literature impact African American writing.

Baldwin and His Queer Others: Re-Branding Gender and Sexuality in the Age of Polarization

Academic Track

02

Baldwin’s revolutionary re-writing of U.S. identity made him a 20th-century cultural icon. This “Baldwin Brand,” however, obscures the complexity of his message on concepts of racialized gender and sexuality now. This session “re-brands” Baldwin by reading his writings in dialogue with other artists’ interrogations of race, sexuality, and gender.

Magdalena J. Zaborowska, Professor, Departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, has written on black queerness, (im)migration, and transnational narratives of intersectional identities. She is the author of James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile (2009) and Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France (2018).

Nicholas F. Radel, Professor of English at Furman University, South Carolina, has written extensively on race and sexuality in contemporary gay literature. Co-editor of The Puritan Origins of American Sex and author of Understanding Edmund White, Radel is currently working on a biography of White.

Nigel Hatton, Associate Professor of literature and philosophy, University of California Merced, writes on intersections of international human rights discourses and global imaginative literature. He is a contributing editor of James Baldwin Review; and a member of: Critical Refugee Studies Collective and the Faculty Committee for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison in San Rafael.

Ernest L. Gibson III, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Africana Studies at Auburn University in Alabama, writes at intersections of literary, cultural, and queer theories and explores questions of manhood, masculinity, and vulnerability. He is the author of Salvific Manhood: James Baldwin’s Novelization of Male Intimacy, he is currently drafting a new project, on black male joy.

Baldwin and the internal closet

Academic/creative Tracks

03

The panel consists of four women - a nod to Nina Simone - and will have a musical/artistic focus. Baldwin's internalized homophobia will be discussed, and how his view of women in general was shaped by his mother and sisters, his Baptist preacher father, by religious dogma and by racism.

Nina Kennedy (author of Practicing for Love: A Memoir) is a concert pianist, orchestral conductor, and award-winning filmmaker. She holds a master’s degree from Juilliard, and was conducting apprentice under Kurt Masur with the NY Philharmonic and l’Orchestre National de France. She produced the documentary Matthew Kennedy: One Man’s Journey.

Renée Baker is the Artistic Director/Music Director of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. She is the composer of a new opera titled The Baldwin Chronicles: Midnight Ramble, a multimedia musical work based on texts by James Baldwin, including his poem “Conundrum” from Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems.

JP Howard is an educator, literary activist, curator and community builder. Her debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR, was a Lambda Literary finalist. She co-edited Sinister Wisdom Journal  and Black Lesbians--We Are the Revolution! JP has received fellowships from Cave Canem, VONA, and Lambda and curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon.

Jordanna Matlon is an urban sociologist who studies racial capitalism and the articulation of black masculinity in Africa and the African diaspora. She is generally interested in the ways “blackness” as a signifier, and as it intersects with gender norms, manifests in popular culture and illuminates our understanding of political economy.

Losing Jimmy's House: a brief history of recent events

academic/activist tracks

04

A parking garage has been built over the spot where James Baldwin's writing table once stood. Maison Baldwin co-founders are joined by the association's attorney and an advisory board member for a report on their 3-year effort to save Baldwin's house from its fate as a luxury apartment building and the complex reasons behind this loss. Open to the public.

 

Conference director Shannon Cain is a fiction writer and community organizer with a backgound in nonprofit executive management. Her short stories have been recognized with the O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and a fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts. She is the founder of Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin and lives above its welcome center in Saint Paul de Vence.

Helene Roux is a dancer and teacher who grew up around James Baldwin. She is the Vice President of the board of Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin and currently lives in the house next door to the former Baldwin villa.

Attorney Jean-Marie Pouihle is the Paris-based general legal counsel for Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin. He specializes in historic preservation and urban planning.

Novelist, memoirist, essayist and screenwriter Rebecca Walker is the author of seven bestselling books and dozens of articles. Perhaps best known for her role as the original leader and founder of Third Wave Feminism and the co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, she is a former advisory board member of Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin and was instrumental in its early organizing efforts. 

A New Vision of Black: Critical and Creative Appraisal of Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood

James baldwin Review Track

05

Our panel examines Little Man, Little Man from critical, historical, and creative perspectives. We will attend to the relationship between text and illustration; the circuits of exchange that produced the book in 1976; the publishing of a new edition in 2018; and the book’s direct impact on Baldwin’s late style.

Nicholas Boggs teaches in the Department of English at New York University. Co-editor with Jennifer DeVere Brody of James Baldwin's Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (Duke 2018), he is currently at work on a literary biography of Baldwin, forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in the States, Bloomsbury UK, and Editions Seuil in France.

Margo Natalie Crawford is Director of the Center of Africana Studies and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Black Post-Blackness: The Black Arts Movement and 21st Century Black Aesthetics (2017) and co-editor of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement (2006).

Dagmawi Woubshet is the Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS (2015), he is currently completing Here Be Saints: James Baldwin and Late Style.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is Associate Professor of English at Cornell University.

Baldwin at the Kitchen Table: Black Women and Radical Visions Toward Love and Liberation

Academic/activist/creative Tracks

06

This panel will explore Baldwin’s interactions with Black women artists and thinkers such as Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison. Panelists will reflect upon a range of themes that emerge from his exchanges with these women, including the state of Black existence, constructions of Black manhood and womanhood, and gender relations among Black people.

Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D. is an educator, sexual ethicist, and creative. Her research and art lies at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. She is the Founder of phoeniXspark, LLC which offers workshops and trainings in which participants co-create space for value-shaping toward practices of gender and sexuality justice.

Kendra Ross is a cultural worker and Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management at Point Park University where she is also a doctoral candidate in Community Engagement. A 20+ year music industry veteran formerly of Universal Music Group, Ross is also an accomplished songwriter and performing artist.

The Political Baldwin: A Conversation with Douglas Field and William J. Maxwell

James Baldwin Review Track

07

This conversation with Douglas Field, author of All Those Strangers, featuring William J. Maxwell, author of James Baldwin: The FBI File will touch on Baldwin’s political profile, along with the outsized interest paid him by the FBI.

Douglas Field is senior lecturer in twentieth-century American literature at the University of Manchester. He is the author, most recently, of All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin (Oxford UP, 2015). He is the co-founding editor of James Baldwin Review.

William J. Maxwell is Professor of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (2015), which won an American Book Award in 2016, and New Negro, Old Left: African American Writing and Communism between the Wars  (1999).  He is the editor of James Baldwin: The FBI File  (2017), of Claude McKay’s Complete Poems  (2004), and, with Gary Holcomb, of McKay's forgotten novel Romance in Marseille (2020). 

Here Be Dragons: James Baldwin on the “Futurity” of Religion and Sexuality

Academic Track

08

Reflecting on James Baldwin’s seminal essay, “Here Be Dragons” (1985), this panel situates Baldwin within Afrofuturistic thought that demystifies modern ethno-class framings of sexual identity and reimagines sex and sexuality for Black persons.

Victor Anderson is the Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, The Divinity School. He is also the Professor in the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Terrance Dean is a professor of Black Studies at Denison University. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion and African American Diaspora Studies from Vanderbilt University in 2019. His research interests include gender, sex, sexuality, African American religion, religious rhetoric and communication, African Diaspora Studies, Black Cultural Studies, James Baldwin, and Afrofuturism.

Baldwin and White Identity: Trouble with Friends and Allies

Academic Track

09

Baldwin brilliantly exposed the false racial innocence of most white people, but he also famously asked, “Isn’t love more important than color?” We examine Baldwin’s personal and political engagement with white identity, including his defense of his friend William Styron and the implications of his work for white antiracism today.

Mark B. Brown is professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Sacramento. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, and the politics of science, technology, and the environment. His recent research is on the politics of white identity.

Alice Mikal Craven is Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is also former Chair and affiliated faculty of Film Studies at the American University of Paris. She was co-director of the 2016 International James Baldwin conference (2016) and her co-edited book, Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin's Radical Imagination was recently published (Bloomsbury 2019).

Maison Baldwin Writer in Residence Master Class with Chet'la Sebree

Creative Track

10

In an interview published in the Spring 1984 issue of The Paris Review—half conducted in Paris, and half conducted in St. Paul de Vence—Baldwin claimed that "[w]hen you're writing, you're trying to find out something which you don't know. The whole language of writing for me is finding out what you don't want to know, what you don't want to find out. But something forces you anyway." In this master class, writers will attempt to write into this void.

2020 Maison Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Chet'la Sebree is the author of Mistress (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2019) and Field Study (forthcoming from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux). She has received fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Hedgebrook, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in numerous journals such as Guernica and The Kenyon Review. She currently serves as the Director of the Sadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts and is an Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University.

Autobiography and the Self: Drawing on Baldwin for Courage Amid Today's Catastrophes

Academic/activist Track

11

On the urgent quest to find survival strategies for today’s violence and mass miscommunication, Burns envisions a path forward through DIY art and inter-generational solidarity politics and Fernández writes a letter to Baldwin asking for guidance to overcome fear and write a solo show that brings strength to her Latinx community.

María Elena Fernández wrote and performed the one-person show Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist and published poetry and personal essays in the anthologies Voices From the Ancestors, Remembering Frida and Waking Up American. She earned degrees from Yale University and UCLA and teaches Chicanx history, literature and art history.

Kyle Joseph Burns is an American writer in Italy working on a book of essays entitled The Conflicted Custodian: Public Spirit in Spite of it All  He holds an MA in American Intellectual History from Drew University. He believes his country’s fate resides in the hearts of its rejects.

Romel Adams is a Caribbean American writer, photographer, and undergraduate student at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. An English major, he writes for the school newsletter, PRISM, and is a co-founder of the fashion magazine Tinted.

Strange Fruit: James Baldwin, Black Death, and Collective Mourning

Academic Track

12

This panel interrogates how death illuminates black subjectivity in James Baldwin’s life and work as disruptive, performative, and generative forces. This panel specifically juxtaposes discussion of Blues for Mr. Charlie and readings of Baldwin’s death to creatively and theoretically call attention to modalities of socio-political movements and collective mourning.

 

Caitlyn Hunter is a doctoral student at Duquesne University. She holds an MFA from Chatham University. Her research interests include 20th-21st century African American literature, food culture, and Popular Culture. She is also involved in Digital Humanities projects focusing on topics such as Black female superheroes, William Faulkner, and pedagogy.

Shawn Anthony Christian is Associate Professor of English and African American studies at Wheaton College (MA). He is author of The Harlem Renaissance and the Idea of a New Negro Reader and more generally writes on African American literary and print culture.

Baldwin's Love Theology and Ethics in the 1970s: Between "A Dialogue" and Beale Street

Academic Track

13

This panel delves into James Baldwin's Love theology and ethic in “A Dialogueˮ (1972) and If Beale Street Could Talk (1974). In particular, the two interventions aim to take up feminist and postcolonial perspectives on the spirituality and profound responsibility of love which course through the writer's late production.

Emanuela Maltese is a Ph.D. student in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on a postcolonial re-reading of James Baldwin's oeuvre. She also holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Anglophone World from University of Naples l'Orientale.

Marissa Mira is seeking her B.A. in Religious Studies and Feminist Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She is at work on an article-length exposition of James Baldwin’s Love ethic in his novels Go Tell It on the Mountain, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Just Above My Head. She will pursue a Masters of Divinity in the Fall of 2020.

James Baldwin and African Decolonization: Fire in the time of Independence

Academic/Activist Tracks

14

This panel examines Baldwin’s overlooked role as a key intellectual and political influence on many anti-colonial activists across sub-Saharan Africa. This was especially true among the younger generation of cultural nationalists that emerged across western and southern Africa during the armed struggles for independence during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Joseph Venosa is a historian whose primary research and teaching interests focus on late 20th century African nationalism and role of intellectuals in the decolonization process. He is currently developing a project that examines the intersections between American-based black power movements and decolonization struggles across sub-Saharan Africa in the 1970s.

Gerald Goodwin is a historian of American race relations whose primary research focuses on how the Vietnam War influenced ideas of racial identity and nationalism among African American Veterans. He has written for The New York Times and served as consulate on various documentaries about the Vietnam War.

Baldwin in his Powerful Elder Years: Still Unmasking Racism, Murder, and Mayhem

Academic Track

15

Panelists Browne-Marshall’s "The Strength of Age: Baldwin’s Search for Truth in Atlanta’s Murders" examines The Evidence of Things Unseen, Garfield’s "Mainstreaming White Supremacy: Donald Trump’s America" draws on No Name in the Street and Smallwood's “Dissection, Proscriptions and Reflection: Exploring Baldwin’s Civil Rights era” analyizes The Price of the Ticket.

 

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a professor, legal historian, playwright, civil rights attorney, poet and author of books Race, Law, and American Society, The Voting Rights War; and The African-American Woman. Her conference at the University of Franche-Comte' was titled "America's Racial Violence: What Would James Baldwin Do?"

Gail Garfield is Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She authored three books: Knowing What We Know: African American Women’s Experiences of Violence and Violation, Through Our Eyes: African American Men’s Experiences of Race, Gender and Violence, and Tightrope: A racial journey to the age of Obama.

Andrew Smallwood is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Co-editor of Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (Carolina Academic Press) and author of An Afrocentric Study of the Intellectual Development, Leadership Praxis and Pedagogy of Malcolm X, (Edwin Mellen Press). His research interests include Black: history, culture, education and leadership.

Baldwin and representation: The impact of race, power and the media on the portrayal of black women

Academic Track

16

This panel delves into James Baldwin's Love theology and ethic in “A Dialogueˮ (1972) and If Beale Street Could Talk (1974). In particular, the two interventions aim to take up feminist and postcolonial perspectives on the spirituality and profound responsibility of love which course through the writer's late production.

Pamela Fraser Solomon, MA, DTLLS, FRSA is an award-winning producer/director, the Head of MA in Creative Producing at Mountview and Chair of Theatre Deli. Pam has produced a range of programmes for BBC radio and television and has presented conference papers including at the University of London School of Advanced Study.

Wangui Wa Goro is an intersectional and interdisciplinary academic, critic, researcher, translator, writer, editor and a campaigner for human rights. A pioneer in literary translation, translation studies and African literature, her research interests are in promoting and deepening translation and knowledge management within cultural restitution as social justice.

Baldwin and the Essay: A Stranger in the Village

Academic/creative Track

17

James Baldwin’s essays—socially engaged and forceful in their evocation of the “I”—embody a distinctly American version of a form invented by Michel de Montaigne 400 years before. Panelists will consider Baldwin’s legacy as an essayist and discuss how his creative nonfiction has redefined what essays can do.

Sarah Viren’s essay collection, Mine, won the River Teeth Book Prize, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and was longlisted for a Pen Art of the Essay Award. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The Great American Essay, and is an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas has creative nonfiction and literary translation MFA degrees from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing from Anomalous Press and Don’t Come Back from Mad Creek Books. She is a Rona Jaffe fellow and an assistant professor for the University of Chicago.

Sonya Huber’s books include Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Thoughts from A Nervous System, The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. She teaches in the Department of English at Fairfield University.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of the essay collections, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. She is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.

“Paying My Dues:” Moral Responsibility in James Baldwin’s Political Thought

Academic Track

18

How do we understand James Baldwin’s focus on the importance of individual moral responsibility, in the context of dominant Western discourses that wield moral responsibility as a cudgel against structural analysis and collective action? This panel queries Baldwin’s complex conceptions of moral responsibility, from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Nicholas Bloom is a doctoral candidate in American Studies. Drawing from literary and historical archives, Bloom’s work documents the ways that plantation structures, material and ideological, have reproduced themselves historically, and the traditions of radical imagination and resistance that have emerged in the midst of plantation structures.

Stephen Marshall teaches political theory in the Departments of African and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies. He is author of The City of The Hill From Below: The Crisis of Prophetic Black Politics. His interests include Black Political Thought, U.S. Political Development, and The Literature of Black Politics. He is working on a book on Toni Morrison’s political vision and the Afterlife of American Mastery.

Holly Genovese is a non-fiction writer and Ph.D student in American Studies. Her work focuses on African American aesthetic resistance to incarceration in the American South. She is interested in radical social movement history, incarceration, prison literature, and poetics. Holly is a widely published essayist and literary critic.

Blair Seab McClendon is a NYC-based filmmaker and editor who makes nonfiction, fiction and experimental work. His projects have screened internationally. He won the 2017 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Editing. His film America for Americans was selected as part of "Black Cinema Now!" program at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

Baldwin, Jews, and Race: Beyond Civil Rights

Academic Track

19

While Baldwin’s earlier writings remain a critical archive for the study of so-called “Black-Jewish relations,” this panel will interrogate the work from the latter portion of his career to uncover Baldwin’s equally critical perspectives on Jews and race that accompanied the shifting national and transnational contexts of Black and Jewish politics following the Civil Rights Movement.

Ben Ratskoff is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California-Los Angeles and a professor in the Religious Studies and History departments at Occidental College. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of PROTOCOLS, a cultural journal for provocative Jewish writing, art, and politics.

Naomi Taub is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also affiliated with the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.

Alona Weimer is currently a Fulbright scholar in Leipzig, Germany, researching conceptions of race, migration, and national identity formation. She is a graduate of Brandeis University's African and African American Studies Department and a former organizer and community educator in Boston.

Baldwin's Southern Reportage: The Evidence of Things Not Seen and Racial & Social Discourse in the 21st Century

Academic Track

20

As America grapples with growing racial and ethnic tensions, police brutality, poverty, and crime, James Baldwin offers a searing critique of race relations and politics in the aftermath of the Atlanta Child Murders (1979-1981). This panel examines James Baldwin’s The Evidence of Things Not Seen as a primer for racial and social discourse in the 21st century.

Gena E. Chandler's research interests include African American, American, and Postcolonial Literature. Her work has appeared in Pedagogy, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and Charles Johnson: The Novelist as Philosopher (2007). Her book The Wanderer in African American Literature (University of Tennessee Press) is forthcoming in the spring of 2020. She has taught at Virginia Tech since 2004.

Candice Love Jackson’s research interests include African American and American literature, Southern literature, speculative fiction, and film as well as material and popular culture. Her work has appeared in the Companion to Southern Literature, the Richard Wright Encyclopedia, the Cambridge History of African American Literature, and MELUS. She is currently working completing her manuscript on Robert Beck and Donald Goines as well as beginning a new project on Tananarive Due, L.A. Banks, and Nalo Hopkinson.

James Baldwin and Social Justice Movements: Harnessing the Power of his Storytelling

Activist Track

21

This panel explores the spirit of Baldwin’s first person storytelling and how it can mobilize global social justice movements. Multidisciplinary activists in the fields of criminal justice reform, transracial adoption, and LGBTQ+ activism will discuss how such diverse causes can use Baldwin’s legacy to facilitate impactful inclusion and empathy.

MK Ahn uses storytelling to spread awareness about transracial adoption. Excerpts from her novel have appeared in NOON Annual, Kori Anthology of Korean American Fiction (Beacon Press), The Adoption Reader (Seal Press), and won awards from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations. She teaches at Ewha Women's University in Seoul, Korea.

As Founding Partner of the private equity firm M. Glover Capital and Board Chair of Defy Ventures, Marcus Glover catalyzes change through social impact investment and criminal justice reform. Through close collaboration with local stakeholders, his investments drive job creation to economic stability and wealth generation for systems affected communities.

Baz Dreisinger works at the intersection of race, crime, culture and justice. She is Director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses to incarcerated men. Her book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (2016) was heralded by the New York Times.

As a mother of five including a transgender son, Jodie Patterson is the author of Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation (2019). She is an active LGBTQAI advocate who has been recognized by Hillary Clinton, GLAAD, and Family Circle magazine. In 2017, she gave a TEDx Talk, "Gender is Obsolete." (tentative)

Baldwin’s Activist Aesthetic: Post Racialism, Love and Private Life

Academic/Activist Tracks

22

This panel explores Baldwin’s work as a transnational, activist engagement with global White Supremacy. We will discuss Baldwin’s use of “active love” and intersubjective engagement as models for combatting post-racial sensibilities that facilitate anti-black violence in Europe and the United States today and preserving oneself in the struggle against anti-blackness.

Michael L. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator for the Africana Studies Program at Susquehanna University. His research in the racial aesthetics develops analyses of racial issues and forms of resistance to racial strife through examinations of Africana Philosophy, Black Existentialist Thought, and the Black Aesthetic Tradition.

Paul Cato is currently pursuing a PhD from the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His dissertation examines “active love” – a discourse on love developed by 20th century black intellectuals. His interests in love carry over into social justice efforts against racism and ableism.

Ronnel K. Berry is a doctoral candidate in American Literature at University of Paris. His research contextualizes James Baldwin’s Civil Rights Era writings within the global struggle against Anglo-European aggression. After his dissertation, he would like to write a book on white innocence as domestic policy in the US.

Baldwin, Beale Street and Beyond: Influencing the Politics of the Present

Academic/Activist Tracks

23

This panel draws together Baldwin’s talks from two decades alongside the recuperation of If Beale Street Could Talk—the novel and the film adaptation, to  understand possibilities and implications for radical Black lifework across contemporary spaces. These spaces include high schools, universities, community settings and within the landscape of literary activism.

Stephanie Troutman Robbins is a Black feminist scholar, mother, and first-generation college student. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona; she holds affiliations in Africana and Gender & Women's Studies. She is co-author of the 2018 book, Narratives of Family Assets, Community Gifts, & Cultural Endowments: Re-Imagining the Invisible Knapsack.

Marci Blackman is an author, novelist, and advocate based in New York City. Marci’s first novel, Po Man’s Child, received the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award for Best Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best New Fiction. Their second novel, Tradition, was noted as one of Band of Thebes best books of 2013.

Sherard Robbins serves as the Founder and CEO of Visceral Change and Associate Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement for the University of Arizona. He is a diversity educator and an organizational development consultant. In 2019, he was honored as a Southern Arizona 40 Under 40 Award winner.

Baldwin and the Aesthetics of Resistance: Testifying   about Mass Incarceration

Academic/Activist Tracks

24

This panel examines both novel and epistolary forms, exploring how Baldwin critiques mass incarceration as a social justice issue writ large. Focus is on Baldwin’s An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis, exploring alternatives to incarceration, and If Beale Street Could Talk, as long-form challenge to institutionalized marginalization.

Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario is the Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) . Marissa serves as a Lecturer at the City College of New York in the Art Education Department. In spring 2020, she will serve as the Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair at Central European University’s School of Public Policy.

 

Marc Dudley earned his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill and is an associate professor with North Carolina State University’s English Department. He specializes in twentieth century American and African American literatures. He is the author of Hemingway, Race, and Art (2012) and Understanding James Baldwin (2019) and the co-editor of the forthcoming Teaching Hemingway and Film (2020)

Baldwin & Emancipatory Activism: Between Theory & Practice

Academic/Activist Tracks

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Concentrating on several of James Baldwin’s groundbreaking fictional and nonfictional texts, this panel not only interrogates the complex relationship between theory and practice within the paradigm of Baldwin’s anti-racist/intersectional activism, but it also analyzes how Baldwin’s thought continues to illuminate the hopes and challenges of contemporary social justice movements.

Miša Krenčeyová is a freelance lecturer, researcher, facilitator, and educator on issues related to oppression, social justice, intersectionality. Based in Vienna, Austrias, she focuses on anti-discriminatory and power-sensitive educational/empowerment work with diverse groups in theory and practice. Recent article on James Baldwin & Africa in Stichproben - Vienna Journal of African Studies

An Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University Irvine, Bryan Santin teaches courses in American and world literature. His research interests focus on post-1945 American literature and politics. Most recently, his scholarly writing has appeared in American Quarterly, Religion & Literature, and Orbit: A Journal of American Literature.

Alexandra Hartmann is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Paderborn University, Germany. She recently finished her PhD with a dissertation entitled “A Fragile Hope: The Black Humanist Tradition in Anti-Racist Literature.” Among other articles, she has published essays on anti-racist theory (DeGruyter) and the concept of complicity (Rowman&Littlefield).

Baldwin’s Last Decades And The Perils Of Celebrity

James Baldwin Review Track

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This panel explores Baldwin’s work as a college teacher in the 1980s; Baldwin’s ideas of optimism, love, and joy against American masculinities; Baldwin’s ambivalent relationship to his own celebrity, and Baldwin’s writing about other African American artists working in various disciplines.

Jeffrey Severs is associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in 20th- and 21st-century U.S. fiction and teaches courses on, among other subjects, the African-American novel.

Ernest L. Gibson III is Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Auburn University. He is the author of the book Salvific Manhood: James Baldwin’s Novelization of Male Intimacy (Univ. Nebraska Press).

Joseph Vogel is the author of several books, including James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era (University of Illinois Press) and This Thing Called Life: Prince, Race, Sex, Religion, and Music (Bloomsbury Academic).

Monika Gehlawat is Associate Professor of English and Critic in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her next book, In Defense of Dialogue, is forthcoming from Routledge.

remebering jimmy baldwin and his brother david: an oral history of Saint Paul de Vence

Academic/Activist/creative Tracks

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Local friends of David Baldwin and his brother Jimmy invite you to listen in to an intimate (bilingual) roundtable conversation covering nearly three decades of the Baldwin brothers' presence in the village of Saint-Paul de Vence. Residents will share stories of their  friendships, impressions and experiences of the two charming Americans in their midst, and will reflect upon the importance to the cultural history of the village to be known  as the adopted hometown of one of the most important philosophers of the 21st century.

 

 

 

Participants to be announced. Open to the public.

Re-Appraising Baldwin’s Europe

James Baldwin Review track

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This panel explores understudied texts and new critical approaches to Baldwin’s relationship to and impact on Europe, particularly to Western European countries other than France. Panelists answer this call by means of creative engagements with Afro-Nordic criticism, recent European translations of Baldwin’s work, and archival research.

Nigel Hatton is an associate professor of literature and philosophy at the University of California, Merced, founding member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective, and a member of the Faculty Committee for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, in San Rafael, California.

Olivia Noble Gunn is Assistant Professor of Scandinavian Studies and the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Gunn’s research and teaching interests involve constructions of the family, class, gender, and race in Scandinavian, American, and French literature.

Jenny M. James is associate professor of English at Paci­fic Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she teaches courses on contemporary American literature and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. She is currently working on a book-length study of debt, artistic collaboration, and interracial, queer kinship in midcentury American literature.

Yuri Stulov chairs the Department of World Literature at Minsk State Linguistics University, is head of the Board of the Belarusian Association for American Studies, BelAAS, and serves as a representative on the Board of the European Association for American Studies.

Maison Baldwin Writer in Residence Master Class with rickey laurentiis

Creative Track

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Teaching Jimmy's Blues: Approaches to Baldwin in High School Curriculum

Teaching Track

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High school is a time where students are learning more about themselves than anything else. This panel addresses how Baldwin is being used in high school classrooms to meet students where they are, and help to grow to where they are headed.

Zakiya Farr is a high school English teacher at Cesar Chavez High School. She holds her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. With over 10 years in education and 6 years of classroom experience, she has created curriculum She is an advocate for culturally responsive teaching as a way to end curriculum violence against students of color.

 

Liana Silva is a teacher, essayist, and editor and independent scholar located in Houston, Texas. She is the managing editor of Sounding Out! and currently is the head of the International Baccalaureate English department at Chavez High School.

Sharde Chapman is a doctoral candidate at Rice University and educator with a decade of experience. She served the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools for seven years, working in various capacities including curriculum instruction and curriculum development. Sharde’ has previously presented work on James Baldwin at the International James Baldwin Conference held in Paris, in 2016.

Jennifer Lynn Stoever is author of The Sonic Color Line: Race and the Cultural Politics of Listening (NYU Press). is co-founder and Editor in Chief of Sounding Out! and Associate Professor of English at Binghamton University. She serves on the editorial boards of Sound Studies, Senses and Society, and Social Text and has published in Social Text, Social Identities, Sound Effects, Modernist Cultures, American Quarterly and Radical History Review among others.

Teaching

Baldwin to Undergraduate Students: Creating Communities

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This panel will explore pedagogical approaches to teaching Baldwin that enable college students across differing backgrounds to understand the development of racism and to create community, as they see the relevance and importance of Baldwin in their own lives and especially at this difficult moment in history.

Lisa Williams is the author of the memoir, Letters to Virginia Woolf, (Hamilton Books, 2005). She has also published The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf (Greenwood Press, 2000). She has published three poetry chapbooks, and her novel, Forget Russia, is forthcoming from Tailwinds Press. She is Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Elisabeth Bayley, PhD is an Advanced Lecturer in the English Department at Loyola University Chicago. Her focus is on American Literature. She has published articles on Willa Cather and John Steinbeck.

Go Tell it on the Mountain and Another Country: Teaching Baldwin’s Early Novels across Generations and Disciplines

Teaching Track

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Overcoming the mysteries of 20 th century Black Pentecostal faith for the 21 st century university student in GTOTM; rediscovering AC as a critique of Existentialism; addressing, in the classroom, the gaps in context and cultural understanding that exist between Baldwin’s time, culture and our own.

James King is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards for work in Ghana, West Africa, and is currently a Fulbright Specialist for that region of the continent. Dr. King’s teaching focuses on the scholarship of W. E. B. Du Bois, and other 20th Century Black writers and thinkers.

Timothy Stock specializes in Existentialism and Phenomenology, especially the work of Kierkegaard and Levinas. He is the recipient of several grants and awards for his work incorporating Public Philosophy (such as prison reading groups and other public outreach) into courses at Salisbury University.

Baldwin in Teacher Education: an eye-opener for prospective primary school teachers in Amsterdam

Teaching Track

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All teaching practices reflect specific stances, and are affected by often implicit biases, and perspectives. This presentation reports on our efforts to help teacher candidates develop critical consciousness by exposing them to the (non)fiction work of James Baldwin.

Monique Leijgraaf works in Amsterdam as a teacher educator and researcher at University of Applied Sciences iPabo; a Dutch college for primary school teachers. Her teaching and research focus on (teacher) education, plurality and critical citizenship.

Jenelle Reeves is an associate professor at the College of Education and Human Sciences of the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her teaching and research focus on teacher learning and teacher identity construction in schooling contexts that include English learners.

Sex, Drugs, and All That Jazz: James Baldwin and the Rise of U.S. Countercultures

James Baldwin Review Track

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The panel will focus on James Baldwin’s dialogue with and influence on various counter-cultural movements in the US. We will examine Baldwin’s problematic relationship with the Beats and their fetishization of Black culture as well as his analogously ambivalent relationship with the Black Arts Movement, most clearly visible in the debate with Eldridge Cleaver. Music, ranging from the blues, jazz, to hip-hop, will emerge as an important element that links Baldwin’s literary texts and US cultures of dissent. 

Anna Pochmara is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She is the author of The Making of the New Negro: Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality (Amsterdam University Press, 2011), for which she received the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education Award.

Joanna Mąkowska has just defended her Ph.D. thesis The Nomadic Subject in the Works of Mina Loy and Adrienne Rich at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research interests include twentieth-century American poetry, transatlantic modernism, literary theory, and the philosophy of embodiment.

Marta Werbanowska will be defending her doctoral dissertation “Black Atlantic Ecological Traditions in Contemporary African American Poetry” at Howard University in September 2019. Her research areas comprise contemporary Black poetry, African American and Caribbean literatures and histories, Black humanism and the Black radical tradition, and African American ecocriticism.

Łukasz Muniowski holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Warsaw. He has published on various topics including literature, film, sports, and video games. He is a co-editor of Sex, Death and Resurrection in Altered Carbon: Essays on the Netflix Series (McFarland 2020).

Maison Baldwin Writer in Residence Master Class with Evan Starling Davis

Creative Track

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A rare 1961 Baldwin essay within the Black American literary magazine, The Urbanite, decreed that “the theater is perishing for the lack of vitality. Vitality, humanly and artistically speaking, has only one source, and that source is life. Now, the life actually being led on this continent is not the life which we pretend it is……This image must be cracked, [not only] if we are to achieve a theater— [but] this image must be cracked if we intend to survive as a nation.” Subsequently, this master class seeks to crack you open to devise vital truth. Be ready, fam.

 

New York-based afrosurrealist Evan Starling-Davis is among the inaugural cohort of writers-in-residence at  a literary artist, tech-enthusiast, and curator upholding [sub]conscious responsibility in hacking timelines as a digital-aged Afro-American griot. Currently, Evan is a doctoral student of Literacy Education at Syracuse University; devising and facilitating art-based literacy spaces for underrepresented voices within communities of the Rust Belt.

Go Tell It: Using Storytelling to Combat Shame and Reclaim Our Personal and Collective Narratives

Creative Track

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Using themes from James Baldwin’s work from 1970 – 1987 as well as contemporary literature, this craft talk will examine the critical role that storytelling through memoir, essays, oral testimony, and personal confession can play in combating the shame that too often hinders our creativity and affects our work long term.

As a writer and educator, Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts explores the intersection of identity and faith/spirituality through an interdisciplinary lens. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and founding publisher at NewSeason Books and Media. She is also the author and/or collaborator of thirteen books with other writing widely published.

Alexus Rhone is a writer, producer, artistic theologian and "revolutionary artist" devoted to candidly exploring the power of story through fiction, story-slams, and page-to-stage productions. She has over 20 years of experience working in the private/corporate sector customizing workshops and branded events, and coaching creative and true, first-person storytellers for live events.

A Lover’s War: Baldwin, Black Artists and Creating Art through Combat in Service of Community

activist/academic/Creative Tracks

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Like the Black Arts Movement, Baldwin’s work shows a deep concern with identifying and interrogating institutionalized and quotidian racism and the critical role of the Black artist in society. Our panel will examine Baldwin’s embodiment of the artist-citizen in society and the implications of this model for contemporary artists and scholars.

 

Courtney Mullis is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Duquesne University, where she focuses on 20th and 21st century American literary representations of cultural trauma. Courtney has taught undergraduate classes in composition, Literary Responses to WWII, Pittsburgh Literature, and Constructions of American National Identity in Literature.

Abby Dobson is a Sonic Conceptualist performing artist, composer, activist and scholar. She is artist-in-residence with the African American Policy Forum and an MA candidate in political science at the Graduate Center-CUNY. Abby received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University and a bachelor's from Williams College. She performs with Freedom Now Sonic Ensemble and Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter. Her essay "From Baldwin to Beyonce: Exploring the Responsibility of the Artist in Society--Re-envisioning the Black Female Sonic Artist as Citizen" is forthcoming in African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity from Rutgers University Press.

Baldwin and His Cinematic Interpreters: Nostalgia, Desire, Struggle and Redefinition

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This panel examines cinematic interpretations of Baldwin’s later writings to engage his visions of liberation. Delgadillo considers Barry Jenkins' 2018 film adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk. Sherazi explores Baldwin’s unfinished life writing and its transformation into Raoul Peck’s 2016 documentary feature I Am Not Your Negro.

Theresa Delgadillo is a Professor of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University whose research and teaching centers on interdisciplinary Latinx Studies. Author of two books, Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Duke 2011) and Latina Lives in Milwaukee (Illinois 2015), and several chapters and articles, she is completing a manuscript on Latinx, African American, and Latin American literature, film, and performance.

Melanie Masterton Sherazi is currently a Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She is working on a book about African American cultural workers in 1950s and 1960s Rome and their collaborations with Italian filmmakers and artists. Her scholarly work appears in Modernism/modernity, Italian Quarterly, ARIEL, MELUS, and Mississippi Quarterly.

Baldwin and Black Music: The Vernacular Tradition and the Religious Possibilities of Black Art

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This panel will explore James Baldwin’s relationship to Black music, examining both his use of the Black vernacular tradition as a coded language to detail a jazz aesthetic of improvisation and freedom in language, image and action, while also detailing the ways in which Baldwin reimagines Black communal identity through the medium of Black sound.

Christopher W. Hunt is Assistant Professor of Religion at Colorado College. A scholar of African American religions, Dr. Hunt’s research brings an interdisciplinary lens, including African American religious history, literary criticism, black studies, contemporary theology, and queer theory to bear in exploring the relationship of religion to race, gender, and sexuality.

Patricia G. Lespinasse is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton University. Her current book project, The Drum is a Wild Woman: Jazz and Gender in African Diaspora Literature, attends to the way that women writers from the African Diasporas have challenged and revised major tropes and concerns of jazz literature. Dr. Lespinasse teaches courses on African Diaspora Literature, Blues Literature, as well as Race, Gender and Film.

Brothers on Brothers: Empathy, Solidarity, and Fraternité in “Sonny’s Blues”

Creative Track

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Join filmmaker Bentley Brown and poet Aaron Brown for a lively discussion on Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues.” The presenters (and brothers) will outline the artistic, representative, and collaborative power of brother-relationships to explore themes of masculinity, solidarity, and empathy, as exemplified in Baldwin’s story.

Aaron Brown is the author of the poetry collection, Acacia Road, winner of the 2016 Gerald Cable Book Award (Silverfish Review Press). He has been published in World Literature Today, Michigan Quarterly Review, Waxwing, and Transition, among others. Brown grew up in Chad and now lives in Texas, where he is a professor of English and directs the writing center at LeTourneau University.

Bentley Brown is a filmmaker and musician with research interests in language and the technological mediation of memory. His fiction and nonfiction films deal largely with the psychology of cross-cultural migration and identity, particularly in his childhood home of Chad, and later experiences in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

blues, jazz and improvization:  baldwin's relationship to music

academic/Creative Tracks

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The two person panel discussion will explore Baldwin's complex and often
misunderstood relationship with music and its influence and impact on his
literary output. In particular his relationship with the blues, jazz and
improvisation and his literary unravelling of their idiomatic motifs and
importance as expressions of high culture. 

Marc Wadsworth is an award-winning Black British rights campaigner, writer, broadcaster and BBC filmmaker who regularly appears on television and radio as a political pundit. Marc is one of the founders of the UK Labour Party Black Sections, which helped get four of its members elected as MPs in 1987. 

Clive Powell is a British researcher, music writer, academic and public speaker. He has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and a Masters in Arts Policy & Management from University of London (U.K.). He lectures and supervises masters students in project management at Northumbria University (UK). He is the author of forthcoming book: Improvisation in Business– A Tool for Change in Organisations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

Baldwin on Sexuality & Gender: Transforming Body Politics to Reclaim The Human

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This panel examines the manner in which Baldwin’s explorations of gender and sexual identity informed both past and current movements in gender studies. It interrogates discursive refrains of his theorizations of the political body in both popular and academic fields of study as reflected through cultural and critical theoretical shifts..

Naomi Simmons-Thorne is an award-winning scholar-activist currently based out of the University of South Carolina. She studies the intersections, genealogies, and constructions of gender, sex, sexuality, race and power across a number of humanities and social science disciplines. Naomi identities as non-binary/transfeminine, and uses she and they pronouns.

Shayla Lawson is an assistant professor of English at Amherst College. She is the author of the poetry collections  A Speed Education in Human Being , PANTONE,  and  I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean  and the essay collection This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls & Being Dope  (Harper Perennial, 2020)  

E. Al-Tariq Moore is a doctoral candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose research interests include 20th Century African American Literature, Medical Humanities, Trauma Studies, and Critical Theory & Cultural Studies with specific interest in Masculinity Studies. Moore’s current projects examine the utility of fictional representations of illness in Black men as interventive tools of narrative and other therapies.

Max S. Gordon is a writer and activist. His work has appeared on openDemocracy, Democratic Underground and Truthout, in Z Magazine, Gay Times, and other progressive online and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. His essays include “Faggot as Footnote: On James Baldwin, ‘I Am Not Your Negro’, ‘Can I Get A Witness’ and ‘Moonlight’”, “A Different World: Why We Owe The Cosby Accusers An Apology”, and “Family Feud: Jay-Z, Beyoncé and the Desecration of Black Art”.

Baldwin and Spirituality: Christianity and the Evil of Black Suffering

academic Track

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This conversation examines the impact of Christian ideology on James Baldwin’s writing. Through Baldwin, we consider how White supremacy, propagated as Western Christianity, fuels the religious industry of Black suffering. It is in this collective suffering we reconceptualize Black spirituality, a spirituality that is fluid and not bound to the institution of the Black Christian church.

Jamall Calloway is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego.

Joseph L. Lewis is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Baldwin’s Europe: Revisions through Maps, Texts, and Films

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.Through the study of maps, visuals and literary texts, this panel addresses new avenues toward examing Baldwin's Europe. Dr. Thompson presents a digital cartograpy of Baldwin's Paris;  Dr. Amine focuses on Baldwin's return to the United States, which permeates his writing about Europe; and Dr. DeClue analyzes visual materials to discuss Baldwin's elder status during the Black freedom movement

Tyechia Thompson is a researcher, educator, and producer. Her latest publication is an interactive literary analysis, Love and Suspense in Paris Noir: Navigating the Seamy World of Jake Lamar's  Rendezvous Eighteenth, published by the award-winning project Afro Publishing Without Walls. Her next proect is a monograph with a digital companion on African American writers in Paris.

 

Laila Amine is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Postcolonial Paris: Fictions of Intimacy in the City of Light as well as articles for American Literature, College Literature, and Culture, Theory and Critique. She is working on a project on return in African Diaspora literature.  

Jennifer DeClue earned her doctorate in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She teaches queer studies courses that focus on ways that gender,sexuality, race and class produce marginalization and belonging, while paying close attention to the manner in which queer experiences are represented in culture.