Spring 2016 Programs and Events

The Central Pennsylvania Africana Studies Conference

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium, founded in 1968, comprises Dickinson, Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall Colleges. The consortium promotes institutional collaboration among the three schools and offers a wide range of academic and cultural programs for students, faculty, administrators, as well as residents in the surrounding communities.

The mission of the CPC is to assure and advance the general quality and the intellectual vitality of the member colleges.

  • Through an annual Africana Studies Conference, the CPC colleges explore the multifaceted and interrelated histories, cultures, and intellectual contributions of Africans and peoples of African origin on the continent and throughout the Diaspora.
  • The conferences seek to bring together scholars, visual and performing artists, and political activists who are critically engaged in the study and production of Black identity and/or Black communities.

The 2016 Central Pennsylvania Consortium Conference

#Envisioning Black Digital Spaces

Dickinson College
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stern Center (208 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013)

Digital networks have increasingly become primary sites for the transmission of news, history, intellectual and academic thoughts, as well as individual and communal sentiments. Contemporary activists, for instance, are using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and a number of other platforms not only as a mechanism to publicize activism, but as activism. Through these actions and expressions, people connected through membership in digital forums are engaged in an alternative mode of community building that transcends face to face encounters and engagements, all the while crossing and traversing multiple and varied communities of connected social actors. This conference therefore focuses on the ways in which people of African descent are currently claiming digital spaces to articulate their social, political, and intellectual subjectivities.

8 :00– 8:45 am | Registration
8:45 – 9:00 am | Welcome & Introductions

Panel Presentations (Stern Great Hall)

9:00 – 10:15 am | Africana Digital Humanities: Explorations in Research, Projects, and Multimedia

Runaways, Revolution, and the Digital Humanities: The Marronnage in Saint Dominique Database, Crystal N. Eddins, Michigan State University

On ‘Wearing White Women for Status and Power’ Or How to Provoke a Crisis of Hegemony, Hazards and Strategies, Christine Goding, Northwestern University

ADANIS-The Guide to a Black Planet: Envisioning social search, fair value chains and virtual pan-Africanism, Chanzo Greenidge, Observatoire sur les Relations Élites- Population et les Migrations (ORREM)

Curator of My Own Body: A Haitian Girl's Exploration of Self Using a Digital Photo Library, Wideline Seraphin, The Pennsylvania State University

10:15 – 10:25 am | Break
10:25 – 11:40 am | Spectatorship & Digital Storytelling

Black Punishment and Death in the Digital Spectator’s Imaginary, Jahmel Martin, Dickinson College

From Legal Authority to Social Authority: Black Women’s Reporting of Domestic Violence, Ariel Amaru, The George Washington University

Comedic Devices for Social Criticism: Deconstructing Black Womanhood in Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl Web Series, Frieda Adu-Brempong, Dickinson College

The Role of Funk Music in the Civil Rights Movement, Manuel Ocampo, Dickinson College

11:45 – 12:45 pm | Lunch, Holland Union Building, Dining Hall
1:00 – 2:15 pm | #Construct, #Define, #Resist: Digital Possibilities, #Activism

Intersectional Black Womanhood: Analyzing the Digital Sociolinguistic Practices of Black Female Millennials at HBCUs, Erin L. Berry, University of Maryland

AFROPUNK: Alterity in the Digital Age, Cienna Davis, Freie Universität Berlin

Sites of Blackness: #GrowingUpBlack in the Digital Landscape, Ravon Ruffin, The George Washington University

2:15 – 2:25 pm | Break
2:25 – 3:40 pm | Digital Storytelling

'AM I' the film, Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University & Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy, Dickinson College

Keynote Address by Alicia Garza
4:00 – 5:00 pm | #Black Lives Matter
Allison Hall (99 Mooreland Avenue, Carlisle, PA 17013)

Keynote Speaker A. Garza Outraged by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza took to social media to express her anguish and love for the black community. Ending her message with Our Lives Matter/We Matter/Black Lives Matter, Garza—together with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors—turned those powerful last words into a Twitter hashtag. Immediately prompting activism nationwide, #BlackLivesMatter has evolved into the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches.

Sponsored by the Dickinson College Africana Studies Department, the Central Pennsylvania Consortium and the following departments at Dickinson: American Studies, Center for Sustainability Education, History, Office of Financial Operations, Office of LGBTQ Services, Philosophy, Popel Shaw Center, Sociology, Student Life, Student Leadership, Women and Gender Studies, and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center.