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Black Research Symposium

Afro-Diasporic Worldbuilding and a Sustainable Futurity
March 23 - 25, 2023

The African American Cultural Center and our partners at NC State Libraries invite the campus and surrounding community to our first annual Black Research Symposium. For 30+ years, the African American Cultural Center, and of Black communities, have fostered spaces of education, exploration, cultivation, creativity, and community at NC State.  In honor of this legacy, we center the theme “Afro-Diasporic Worldbuilding and a Sustainable Futurity.”  More than ever before, African-diasporic communities are grappling with the question and practice of building community, home spaces, and ensuring a futurity— whether that home is physical, epistemological, cultural, spiritual or virtual.

The Black Research Symposium will feature cutting-edge research, creative works, community-based projects, and industry initiatives from the NC State campus and surrounding community.  The symposium is a three-day event that will take place Thursday, March 23 – Saturday, March 25, 2023 (with both virtual and face-to-face offerings). We invite students, scholars, faculty, social justice activists, artists, creators, storytellers, entrepreneurs and community members to attend and submit proposals. Interdisciplinary and multimodal research, community-based projects and cultural work are encouraged in a variety of formats, which include but are not limited to, presentations, digital posters, workshops, panels, teach-ins, community discussions, photo essays, music demos, cyphers, art displays, multimedia presentations, performance, embodied movement, and more.

Who Should Attend

The Black Research Symposium will feature cutting-edge research, creative works, community-based projects and industry initiatives from NC State and the surrounding community.  The Symposium is a three-day event that will take place on April  8 -10, with both virtual and face-to-face offerings.  We invite students, scholars, faculty, social justice activists, artists, creators, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and community members to submit proposals.

We welcome innovative ways of creating community, conversation, and critical thought on this year’s theme: “Creating Home: Afro-Diasporic Worldbuilding and Sustainable Futurity.”  Interdisciplinary and multimodal research, scholarship, community-based projects, and cultural work are encouraged in a variety of formats, which include but are not limited to presentations, digital posters, workshops, panels, teach-ins, community discussions, photo essays, music demos, ciphers, art displays, multimedia presentations, performance, embodied movement, and much more.

Marginality

“Marginality [is] much more than a site of deprivation. In fact I was saying just the opposite: that it is also the site of radical possibility, a space of resistance.” – bell hooks / Marginality As a Site of Resistance, 1990

 “Because black people have been excluded from the category human, we have a particular epistemic and ontological mobility. Unburdened by investments in belonging to a system created to exclude us in the first place, we develop marvelous modes of being in and perceiving the universe. I am claiming that there is real power to be found in such an untethered state—the power to destabilize the very idea of human supremacy and allow for entirely new ways to relate to each other and to the postapocalyptic ecologies, both organic and inorganic, in which we are enmeshed.”

– Jayna Brown/ Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (2021)

For questions and inquiries, please contact Andaiye Qaasim at the African American Cultural Center.