Black Is, Black Will Be: On Black Futures
February 3-4, 2017
Pink Parlor, East Duke Building (venue for both days)

Friday, February 3, 2017

12:15 – 12:30: Welcome and Introduction

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Dr. Reginad Dewight Patterson, violin & I. Augustus Durham, voice

Sasha Panaram, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

12:30 – 2:00: Panel I

The Shifting Boundaries of Black Geographies

“Black Power as Infrastructure: Lessons from Alamance and Lowndes Counties”
Danielle Purifoy, PhD Candidate, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

“Wrangling Empire: The American Frontier Myth under Black Critique”
Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor, Duke University

“‘Darkness upon the Face of the Deep’: Toward a Doctrine of Black Beginning”
Jonathan Howard, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

Chair, Laurent Dubois, Professor and Founder/Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics, Duke University

2:00 – 2:45: Lunch

2:45 – 4:15: Panel II

Black Women in the Diaspora

“The Big Embrace: Blackness, Beauty & Sisterhood”
Natalie Bullock Brown, Assistant Professor, Saint Augustine’s University

“Fugitive Address: Black Women at Home in the Archive”
Nikolas Oscar Sparks, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

“‘Residence in a Strange Land’: Local Imaginaries of Black Freedom”
Alisha Hines, PhD Candidate, History, Duke University

Chair, Sasha Panaram, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

4:15 – 4:30: Break

4:30 – 6:00: Keynote Lecture

Introduction, Christina C. Davidson, PhD Candidate, History, Duke University

“Against Prophecy: The Cultural Politics of Black and American Speculative Fiction”
andré m. carrington, Assistant Professor, Drexel University

6:00 – 6:15: Closing Remarks

Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, Theater Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Chair of African & African American Studies, and Director of SLIPPAGE, Duke University


Saturday, February 4, 2017

9:30 – 10:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 11:30: Panel III

Time, Ethics, and Memory: Black Literature and Art in the 20th and 21st Centuries

“Everything is Now: Blackness and Time”
Petal Samuel, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for
African-American and African Studies, University of Virginia

“Unscalable Life: Clementine Hunter’s Painting Over the Wall”
Sarah Jane Cervenak, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“Coates, Afro-Pessimism, and the Ethics of Opacity”
Joseph Winters, Assistant Professor, Duke University

Chair, Nikolas Oscar Sparks, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

11:40 – 1:00: Black Creative Writing Discussion

Writing the Future: A Conversation about Black Fiction and Poetry

Moderator, J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor, Duke Divinity School, Duke University

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Destiny Hemphill, Duke University ’15 and Local Poet

Chair, Anastasia Kārkliņa, PhD Student, Literature Department, Duke University

1:00 – 1:45: Lunch

1:45 – 3:15: Keynote Lecture

Introduction, Mary Caton Lingold, PhD Candidate, English, Duke University

“Trap or Die: Trap Music as a Site of Critical Storytelling in the Hip Hop South”
Regina N. Bradley, Assistant Professor, Armstrong State University

3:15 – 3:30: Break

3:30 – 5:00: Public Conversation

Moderator, Mark Anthony Neal, Professor, and Founder/Faculty Director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE), Duke University

Arthur Jafa, cinematographer and filmmaker of Slowly ThisSmileTreeYellowjacket, and Dreams Are Colder Than Death

Greg Tate, musician and author of Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader