Carnegie Mellon University


Thursday's Panels I & II have switched places. "Narratives in Action From Theories to Practices" will take place at 9:30 am. "Gender, Race and Religion in Colorblind Europe" will be at 11:15 am. 

Conference Schedule

All events will take place in Posner Hall on the third floor and in the Grand Room 340.

Time Event Speaker
4:00–4:30 p.m. Introduction and Welcome Jim Garrett, Provost, Carnegie Mellon University
4:30–6:00 p.m.

Keynote Lecture: 

Noémie Ndiaye, University of Chicago
"How to Enslave an Unenslavable Person: Afro-Muslim Splittings in Early Modern Drama"

In this talk, Noémie Ndiaye explores the representations, or rather the strategic misrepresentations of Afro-Muslim relations, in early modern European drama. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europeans could not but acknowledge the economic and military superiority of contemporary Islamic cultures, so that, when faced with Black Muslims, Ndiaye argues, they found that superiority impossible to reconcile with their ongoing project of racializing Blackness to render it enslavable. Indeed, if, in European minds, being a Muslim meant always already being a potential enslaver of Christians in the Mediterranean world, and if being Black meant always already being enslavable by Christians in the Atlantic world, then a Black Muslim was an oxymoron or an impossibility during the significant overlap period between the era of Mediterranean slavery and the era of transatlantic slavery. To become unambiguously enslavable then, Black Muslims had to be un-muslimed, to be untethered from what Christians perceived as the Islamic power to enslave. Ndiaye shows how this process of untethering plays out in the fictions of early modern European drama, while remaining alert to the resonances of those early racial machinations for our own cultural moment.

6:00–7:00 p.m. Reception


Time Event Speakers
9:00–9:30 a.m. Coffee Welcome
9:30–11:00 a.m. Panel II: Narratives in Action From Theories to Practices Patti Anahory, Architect | curator | artist | designer | educator “Contest(ing) Narratives : Story(ing) Otherwise”

Cristina Roldão, University of Lisbon, “Black Portuguese History Matters: Some Notes from the Construction Site of a Counter-archive”

Audrey Celestine, New York University, “When Historians Write About Their Own Kin”
11:00–11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Panel I: Gender, Race and Religion in Colorblind Europe AssaDiallo Doucouré, Lallab/Ateliers Médicis, France, “Growing Black and French”

Aicetou Doucouré, Ateliers Médicis, France, “Race x Religion in Colorblind, Secular France”

Discussant: Mame-Fatou Niang, Carnegie Mellon University

12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:15–3:45 p.m. Panel III: Institutionalizing Black Studies Michael MacEachrane, United Nations, PFPAD, “Towards a UN Global Black Studies Network” 

Felix Germain, University of Pittsburgh, “Black European Studies and the American Academy”
3:45–4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00–5:30 p.m. Queering the Black Archives, a Conversation Between Two Icons

Gloria Wekker, University of Utrecht

Bintou Dembele, Compagnie Rualité

Facilitator: Uju Anya, Carnegie Mellon University

5:30–6:00 p.m. Closing Discussion


Time Event Speakers
9:00–9:30 a.m. Coffee Welcome
9:30–11:00 a.m. Panel I: Translation and Archives Atesede Makonnen, Carnegie Mellon University, “Black Lives in British and American Archives” 

Gregory PierrotUniversity of Connecticut, “Betraying Tradition: An Entreaty” 

Julien Suaudeau, Bryn Mawr College, “Title”
11:15 a.m.–11:15 p.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Panel II: Curatorial Practices in the Black Atlantic Julio Ludemir, FLUP Literary Festival, Brazil, “Serendipity as a Working Tool for Those Who Live in the Largest Black Country Outside of Africa” 

Ayoko Mensah, House of European Cultures, Belgium, “Can prestigious European art centers be decolonised? The Case of the Afropolitan Festival at Bozar in Brussels, Belgium” 

Mariam Konaté, Ateliers Médicis, France, “Curating Black in Colorbling France : The Case of the Ateliers Medicis” 
12:45–2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00–4:00 Closed Workshop: The Future is Now