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New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Florence: La Pietra Dialogues, the NYU Institute of African American Affairs, Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and the University of Palermo are pleased to present ReSignifications: The Black Mediterranean. This conference, held in Palermo, joins a series of international conversations, including Black Portraitures, breaking new ground in the fi elds of African and African Diasporic art, literature, cultural theory, history, and political practice. Scholars, writers, artists, and cultural activists from around the world gather in the heart of the Mediterranean to reason together about issues of representation, migration, diaspora, slave-trade, border, mobility, citizenship, and human rights. Discussions from a variety of approaches address the historically and contemporary ways in which black voices have been silenced and black bodies have been ambiguously imagined in Western-dominated global culture. We will investigate why these questions are relevant to what is happening today in the Mediterranean, a crucial site of the African diaspora since the classic era.

Sicily lies at the center of the Mediterranean, where Africa and Europe encounter. Historically considered part of either one of the two continents, depending on the domination of the moment, the island has always functioned as a bridge. Its capital city Palermo, world-renowned for its diverse artistic and cultural heritage, is today one of the major ports of refuge for the countless migrants who arrive in Europe in flocks from the African shores. Designated Italy’s 2018 Capital City of Culture, on June 6-9 Palermo will become a resonant chamber of the million visual, oral, written, performed stories of the African diaspora.

At the backdrop to the conference are the exhibitions ReSignifications: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings and Wole Soyinka: Antiquities Across Times and Place. Collateral events of the MANIFESTA European Biennial of Contemporary Art, the exhibits will display the works of an array of international artists and the African art collection of Nigerian Nobel Prize for Literature Wole Soyinka.

 
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DAY AT A GLANCE

WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018
Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri
University of Palermo, Piazza Marina 

4:00PM - 7:00PM REGISTRATION - Palazzo Steri

5:45PM - 6:00PM Saluti del Rettore 

6:00PM - 6:15PM Saluti delle autorità 

6:15PM - 6:30PM Benvenuto 

6:30PM - 7:30PM CONVERSATION - Wole Soyinka & Reception 

7:30PM - 9:30PM
OPENING - Wole Soyinka: Antiquities Across Times and Place by curator Awam Ampka & PERFORMANCE - Alfie Nze´s "A Dance in Palermo´s Forest" 

THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018 - MUSEO DELLE MARIONETTE 

8:00AM - 5:00PM REGISTRATION

8:30AM - 9:00AM COFFEE/TEA 

9:00AM - 10:30AM Panel 1 Black Italia 2.0
Panelists INVERNOMUTO, Angelica Pesarini, Adama Sanneh, Theophilus Marboah, Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau´
Moderator Alessandra Di Maio 

10:45AM - 12:15PM Panel 2 Fluid Archives
Panelists Pap Khouma, Salah Methnani, Shelleen Greene, Janine Gaëlle Dieudji
Moderator Mauricio Calbi

1:30PM - 3:00PM Panel 4 Tastemakers Africa
Panelists Jidenna Mobbisson, Joshua Kissi, Mahaneela Choudry-Reid, Trevor Stuurman
Moderator Cherae Robinson

3:15PM - 4:45PM Panel 6 Music: Reimagining Sounds
Panelists Nouri Gana, Matthew Morrison, Imani Uzuri, Robert G. O´Meally
Moderator Kathryn Lachman

5:00PM - 6:30PM Panel 8 The Migration Experience
Panelists Giulia de Spuches, Maaza Mengiste, Lorenzo Rinelli, Agatha Palma
Moderator Carmen Concilio

THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018 - PALAZZO SANT´ELIA

10:45AM - 12:15PM Panel 3 The Challenges of Second Generation African Italian Women
Panelists Igiaba Scego, Isoke Aikpitanyi, Cristina Ali Farah, Djarah Khan, Ada Ugo abara, Veronica Fernandes
Moderator Lidia Curti

1:30PM - 3:00PM Panel 5 Intersections: Africa, Asia, Europe
Panelists Henry John Drewal, Ella Shohat, Gunja SenGupta, Jordan Rogers, Francoise Lionnet
Moderator Anna Arabindan-Kesson

3:15PM - 4:45PM Panel 7 Ghostships & Other Narratives
Panelists Moire Hille, Ayesha Hameed, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Ayasha Guerin, Lori A De Lucia
Moderator Patricia McKelvin

5:00PM - 6:30PM Panel 9 Home and Other Stories
Panelists Debora Spini, Simanique Moody, Bob Stam, Luis Rincon Alba, Kajahl Benes
Moderator Pamela Newkirk

7:00PM - 9:00PM
EXHIBITION OPENING
ReSignifications by Awam Ampka and Ellyn Toscano

FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018 - MUSEO DELLE MARIONETTE

9:00AM - 10:30AM Panel 10
Africa/ Italia
Panelists Giuseppe Grimaldi, Mahnaz Yousefzadeh, Nicola Cloete & Donato Somma
Moderator Luigi Cazzato

10:45AM - 12:15PM Panel 12 Moors, Blackamoors and Blackface
Panelists Eileen Ryan, Ramatu Musa, Angelita Reyes, Carlton Wilkinson, Robert Holmes, Mônica Cardim
Moderator Shelleen Greene

12:30PM - 2:00PM Panel 14 Framing Art, Artists and Fashion
Panelists Justin Randolph Thompson, Sonya Clark, Enrica Picarelli, Alexander Newman & Rachel Newman, Shani Jamila
Moderator Kalia Brooks

FRIDAY 8 JUNE 2018 - PALAZZO SANT´ELIA

9:00AM - 10:30AM Panel 11 Visualizing Travel
Panelists Sarah K. Khan, Heike Raphael-Hernandez, Liz Andrews, Lidia Curti
Moderator Bhakti Shringarpure

10:45AM - 12:15PM Panel 13 Identities
Panelists Fabio La Mantia, Anna Tedesco, Virginia Monteforte, Lorgia Garcia-Pena & Medhin Paolos
Moderator Kathryn Lachman

12:30PM - 2:00PM Panel 15 Memory, Memorials and History
Panelists Vera Grant, Omari Ra, Sylvie Fortin, Belinda Zhawi, Cecilio M. Cooper
Moderator by Paulette Young

SATURDAY 9 JUNE 2018 - GNV ATLAS

9:00AM - 10:30AM Panel 16 The Black Mediterranean
Panelists Paul Gilroy, Iain Chambers, Mauro Pala
Moderator Ella Shohat

10:45AM - 12:15PM Panel 17 Burning it
Panelists Angela Caponnetto, Dagmawi Yimer, Bhakti Shringarpure, Timothy Raeymaekers
Moderator Nouri Gana

VENUES + MAP

Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri, Piazza Marina 59, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy

ZAC – ZISA ZONA ARTI CONTEMPORANEE, Via Paolo Gili 4 Palermo - Sicilia

Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino (International Puppet Museum Antonio Pasqualino), Piazza Antonio Pasqualino, 5, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy

Palazzo Sant´Elia, Via Maqueda, 81, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy

 
 
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