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1)  Please fill out the registration form that follows this page.

2)  Fill out the information requested on the registration form.

3) Submit payment of $150.00 for the conference registration following the instructions provided.  

4) You will receive confirmation once your registration is complete.

5) Conference registration must be completed by September 22, 2016.

6)  We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Comfort Suites Hotel located at 4775 West Branch Highway, Lewisburg, PA, 17837.  Phone: (570) 524-8000. Please call before September 1 to receive the conference discount.  Ask for the Bucknell Griot Institute Conference.

7)  We look forward to welcoming you on September 29 - October 1, 2016. 

The African-American Arts:  Activism and Aesthetic Conference will engage participants in a set of critical conversations by activists, scholars, and artists reflecting on the legacies of African-American activism as an element of artistic practice, particularly as they concern artistic expression and racism and the intersections of creative processes with aesthetic, economic, sociological, and psychological inequalities.

What are the connections between African American arts, the work of social justice, and creative processes? If we conceive of the arts as part of the legacy of black activism in the United States, how can we use that construct to inform our understanding of the complicated intersections of African-American activism(s) and aesthetics? 

The conference will take place at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, approximately three hours from the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York, New York.

We invite scholars, activists, artists, and others to send abstracts engaging the questions and concerns of the conference as they intersect with African-American film, theater, dance, visual art, music, literature, performance and other art forms from disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and/or interdisciplinary perspectives.

  • Possible topics for papers, lecture-demonstrations, and/or panels include but are not limited to:
  • The Black Arts Movement of the 1950s
  • Slam poetry and social justice
  • New Black Aesthetic
  • Improvisation
  • Histories of Black Arts Movements
  • Hip hop, and political activism
  • Afrofuturism as a social justice project
  • Performance and politics
  • African-American aesthetics
  • Author as public intellectual

as well as the work of and questions raised by the creative productions of artists, including but not limited to:

Erika Alexander, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Debbie Allen, Erykah Badu, Radcliffe Bailey, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, John Coltrane, Misty Copeland, Julie Dash, Miles Davis, Jimmy Greene, Zora Neal Hurston, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee, Jacob Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons, Audre Lorde, Manning Marable, Wynton Marsalis, E. Ethelbert Miller, Toni Morrison, Gordon Parks, Prince, Faith Ringgold, Nina Simone, Anna Deveare Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Alice Walker, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Phillis Wheatley, August Wilson 

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a 250-word abstract here. The abstract should outline the central argument, offer key questions or concerns, and clear sites of engagement with conference themes.  Presenters who wish to be considered for inclusion in the conference book publication edited collection will be required to submit a complete paper by September 1, 2016.