New York African Studies Association Conference

Country: USA

City: New York City

Abstr. due: 01.12.2014

Dates: 03.04.15 — 04.04.15

Area Of Sciences: Geography; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


A special three-college conference in the capital of New York State will mark the 40th conference of the New York African Studies Association. On 3-4 April 2015 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Union College in Schenectady, and Albany Law School will host “Africa, Its Diaspora, and Laws.” For this conference, “laws” will be defined in the broadest sense that includes in addition to the usual definitions of statutory, common, indigenous, religious, and constitutional law, laws of science, “social Darwinism,” economic laws (Adam Smith, neoliberalism, trade laws, etc.), literary canon law, biological “laws” of health, the court of public opinion and “social laws.” NYASA 2015 welcomes proposals for presentations, panels, posters, and roundtables that address topics of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, nationalism, health, religion, spirituality, politics, arts, economics, science, performance, and other pertinent topics. 


Specific topics include (but are not limited to) the following:


Humanities and Arts including literature (written and/or oral), Visual Arts (Painting, Design, Crafts, Photography, Sculpture, Drawing, Film, Video), Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Theater).


Social Sciences including Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, History, Religion and Spirituality.


Sciences including Health Sciences, Medical Apartheid, Pharmaceuticals, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, and Sciences in general.


Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies.


Architecture, Urban Planning, Sustainable Design.


International Laws and Regulations including Human Rights, Land Issues, Resource Issues, Immigration, International Trade and Finance, International Relations, World Institutions, International Aid, The United Nations, NGO’s.


Recurring Annual Themes include Teaching Africana Studies, Documenting Africana World, Mass Media and Africa, Migration and Diaspora, the Future of Africana Studies.


Special workshop sessions on “Teaching Africa” for both public and private school teachers and student teachers will be one of the highlights of this conference. We encourage teachers and prospective teachers to submit proposals. In addition, on Friday 3 April NYASA will hold a workshop for teachers (K-12) on strategies for including Africa and its Diaspora in the curriculum.

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