5 December, 2016

Plenary Speakers

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2017 CAAR Biennial Conference Plenary Speakers.


The Local Planning Committee for the 2017 CAAR biennial conference is pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers for next year’s meeting at University of Malaga in beautiful Andalusia, Spain.


afua_cooperAfua Cooper, Ph.D.
James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies
Dalhousie University.

Afua Cooper is a celebrated and award-winning poet, author, historian, curator, performer, cultural worker and recording artist. A recent winner of the Planet Africa Renaissance Award and the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence. Cooper’s poems have been anthologized in national and international publications, and translated in several languages. She has published five books of poetry, including the award-winning  Memories Have Tongue. Afua holds a Ph.D. in history with specialties in slavery, abolition and women’s studies. She is one of Canada’s premier experts and chroniclers of the country’s Black past. Dr. Cooper has done groundbreaking work in uncovering the hidden history of Black peoples in Canada. Recently, Afua completed a pair of historical novels for the young adult audience. These novels are based on the experiences on enslaved children from the Black Diaspora.

Dr. Cooper is currently the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

James Baldwin Scholar.

20cf8b8f0bMagdalena J. Zaborowska
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan.

Magdalena J. Zaborowska (B.A., M.A., Warsaw University, Poland [1987]; Ph.D., University of Oregon [1992], USA), Professor in the departments of American Culture and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Magdalena has developed researches about intersections of social space and transatlantic discourses on race, nationality, sexuality, and gender; African American literature (esp., James Baldwin), immigrant ethnicities, feminist, and critical race theory.

She has taught and been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, Furman University, Tulane University, Aarhus University in Denmark, University of Italy in Cagliari (Sardinia) and Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier in France. She has published the MLA award-winning: James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile (Duke UP 2009) and How We Found America: Reading Gender through East European Immigrant Narratives (University of North Carolina Press, 1995); edited and co-edited collections: Other Americans, Other Americas: The Politics and Poetics of Multiculturalism (Aarhus University Press, 1998), The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature (Routledge, 2001), and Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures in the East-West Gaze (Indiana University Press, 2004). In addition to numerous articles and chapters published in the United States and Europe, her current book projects include Me and My House: James Baldwin and Black Domesticity (forthcoming from Duke UP) and a monograph in progress on the proliferation of American notions of race and sexuality in post-Cold War Eastern Europe, Racing Borderlands

The State of Black Studies in Europe Roundtable Plenary.

Dr_Kehinde_AndrewsDr Kehinde Andrews
Associate Professor in Sociology
School of Social Sciences,
Birmingham City University.

Kehinde Andrews was a lecturer in Working with Children, Young People and Families; and Criminology at Newman University. He completed his PhD in Sociology and Cultural Studies entitled ‘Back to Black: Black radicalism and the Black supplementary school movement’ at the University of Birmingham.

In 2013, Kehinde published his first book, Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement. . He is now director of the Centre for Critical Social Research, founder of the Organisation of Black Unity, and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. Kehinde is currently engaged in a project examining the role of Black radicalism in contemporary organising against racial oppression. He is interested in in supervising postgraduate research in the areas of race, ethnicity and racism; Black Studies and how communities overcome inequality.


Kwame NimakoKwame Nimako
Scholar, author
Director, Summer School on Black Europe
The Netherlands.

Kwame Nimako  (MA, Sociology; PhD Economics, University of Amsterdam) is the Director of the Summer School on Black Europe. Teaches Internatio­nal Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) Universiteit van Amsterdam. He worked as a Lectu­rer in Race and Ethnic Relations and Development Studies at the Centre for Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES, 1986-1991) at the same university.

Dr. Nimako is also President of OBEE Consultan­cy, which he founded in 1992.He was (1996-1997) the Principal Research Consul­tant for Focus Con­sul­tancy Ltd (UK) on the ACP and ODT* Migrants in Europe Pro­ject com­mis­sio­ned by the Gene­ral-Secretariat of the Afri­can, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States (in Brus­sels). Specifically, the ACP Migrants in Europe project recorded a number of significant issues which affect the everyday life of African, Caribbean and Pacific diaspora in the European Union; these included problems which rotate around citizenship and mobility, ‘human rights’, and ‘racism’ and ‘xenophobia’. In his capacity as Principal Research Consultant he produced Demographic Survey Report and Status and Legality Survey Report on ACP and ODT Migrants in the European Union (EU), and co-authored four Guide Books for the 70 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

Dr. Nimako is the author/co-author of some 30 books, reports and guide books on economic development, ethnic relations, social policy, urban renewal, and migration.


Ewa_LuczakEwa Luczak
Institute of English Studies
Associate Professor of American Literature
University Warsaw.

Dr. Ewa Barbara Łuczak is the author of Breeding and Eugenics in the American Literary Imagination (Palgrave 2015), How Their Living outside America Affected Five African American Authors: Toward a Theory of Expatriate Literature (Mellen Press 2010), co-editor of In Other Words: Dialogizing Race, Ethnicity and Postcoloniality (Peter Lang 2012), Czarno na białym: Afro-amerykanie którzy poruszyli Amerykę (Warsaw University Press 2009) and Mosaics of Words. She has published Essays on the American and Canadian Literary Imagination (Institute of English Studies 2009). Ewa is also a co-editor of a book series devoted to eminent American writers of the 20th and 21st century (Warsaw University Press). She has been awarded grants such as Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship (Johns Hopkins University 2012-3), American Philosophical Society research grant (2013), Corbridge Trust research grant at Cambridge University (2014), Fulbright Fellowship (University of California Los Angeles 2007-8; University of California Riverside 1996-7) and School of Criticism and Theory grant (Cornell University, 2006). She has been invited to speak at Polish and American Universities on her work and on the constructions of race in the 20th century literature of the United States. Currently she is working on a book project on the use of anti-eugenic satire in American literature and culture prior to WW II. Luczak is Vice President of the Polish Association for American Studies.


TallyJustine Tally
University of La Laguna-Tenerife, The Canary Islands.

Justine Tally is a professor of American literature at the University of La Laguna. She is author of Paradise Reconsidered: Toni Morrison’s Histories and Truths; The Story of Jazz: Toni Morrison’s Dialogic Imagination; and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”: Origins. She is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is one of the most widely studied of contemporary American authors. Her novels, particularly Beloved, have had a dramatic impact on the American canon and attracted considerable critical commentary. This 2007 Companion introduces and examines her oeuvre as a whole, the first evaluation to include not only her famous novels, but also her other literary works (short story, drama, musical, and opera), her social and literary criticism, and her career as an editor and teacher.

 Workshop on writing, Black Scholar-Activism and the Experiences of Africans in Spain.

Donato-NdongoDonato Ndongo
Writer and Poet
Centro de Estudios Afro-Hispánicos de la Facultad de Filosofía de la UNED.

Donato Ndongo was born in Niefang, Guinea Ecuatorial in 1950. He has been recognized as one of the most representative Guinean authors. Journalist, writer and historian, Donato has lived in Spain for fifty years developing a brilliant career as an investigator and diffusor of African literature.

In 1984 Ndongo published Antología de la literatura guineana. This companion is an attempt to incorporate Guinean culture and literature to those literary works written in Spanish. Ndongo is a recognized lecturer and has published many researches about Guinean history as Historia y tragedia de Guinea Ecuatorial.