2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Dillard University Ray Charles Program in
African-American Material Culture
invites you to join us this October 28-29 (Friday-Saturday) for
Rising from the Depths of Slavery:
Legacies of Cultural Expression
(Food, Music & Tourism)
When: October 28-29, 2022
Where: Dillard University, New Orleans, LA. Georges Auditorium
invites you to join us this October 28-29 (Friday-Saturday) for Rising from the Depths of Slavery: Legacies of Cultural Expression (Food, Music & Tourism)
When: Friday, October 28th - Saturday, October 29th
Where: Dillard University, New Orleans, LA
Rising from the Depths of Slavery: Legacies of Cultural Expression is a two-day symposium on October 28-29, 2022 hosted by the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges and Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University. The regional collaboration is supported by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation with supplemental funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The conference will bring together local and national scholars from a variety of disciplines and expertise. As a regional collaboration partner, Dillard University was selected for the cultural creativity theme. The CIC Legacies of American Slavery grant defines cultural creativity as the cultural expression in all its forms as a way to understand and cope with slavery and its aftermath, including artistic legacies in theater, art, dance, music, poetry, and fiction, but also in popular culture, folklore, and folkways. We examine cultural expression as a way to understand and cope with slavery and its aftermath. Through the cultural creativity theme, Dillard University will explore three sub-themes at the symposium as it relates to the Legacies of American Slavery; Food, Music and Tourism. We invite you to join us this October 28-29, 2022 at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
This presentation hopes to progress critical dialogue on Black agency and choices by engaging place, material culture, and space, through an alternative understanding of conceptual sites of conflict and resistance. Specifically, I contemplate sites and spaces associated with the slave economy to consider new transformative theories on Black resistance as liminal space for identity formation and societal transformation via strategies of cultural aesthetics such as foodways. Enslaved and free Black communities actively participate(d) in foodways and other strategies to either escape or circumvent gendered and racialized systems of oppression. These forms of aesthetics can also be understood as productions of knowledge and serve as an exploration for re-historicising our difficult heritage as one of resilience, joy, and community building by enslaved Africans and their descendants.
Dr Peggy Brunache is a lecturer in the history of Atlantic slavery at the University of Glasgow and the first Director of the newly established Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies. Born in Miami to Haitian parents, she trained and worked as an historical archaeologist with a focus on slave plantation studies, the African diaspora and the transatlantic slave trade, working on archaeological projects in Benin, West Africa, Guadeloupe, and various sites in the United States and Caribbean. She developed a free ongoing 4-week online course on British Slavery in the Caribbean with Futurelearn.com. Food is also central to Peggy's life and work. She acts as culinary consultant for Perth’s (Scotland) Southern Fried Music Festival and has worked with multiple music, science, and food festivals across the UK, providing cooking demonstrations and historical dining events for a broad audience. Her media appearances in the US, UK and Europe include the US’s Food Network, Discovery Channel, BBC Television, UK’s Channel Four, Germany's Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s programmes.
Dr. Ibrahima Seck is a member of the History department of University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD), Senegal. His research is mostly devoted to the historical and cultural links between West Africa and Louisiana with a special interest for religious beliefs, music, foodways, and miscellaneous aspects of culture. Dr. Seck is now holding the position of Director of research of the Whitney Plantation Slavery Museum located in St. John the Baptist Parish in Louisiana. He is the author of a book on this historic site entitled “Bouki fait Gombo: A History of the Slave Community of Habitation Haydel (Whitney Plantation) Louisiana, 1750-1860. [New Orleans: UNO Press, 2014].
FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE COMING SOON
All participants should register for the symposium. Faculty, Staff, and Students (graduate or undergraduate) do not have to pay a registration fee. For non-students, the registration fee is $20.
• Coffee and breakfast are included for registered participants
• Dakar Nola dinner and lunch at Dooky Chase will be offered at an additional cost
• Discounted hotels
• A limited number of travel stipends ($250) are available for persons traveling by air. Apply for these funds by emailing Jessica Bantum at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lunch is not provided. Friday lunch in Dillard University Kearny cafeteria ranges from $9-$12.
Registration deadline: October 15, 2022
Call for Poster Session
The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture invites students, public historians, preservationists, artists and community organizers to submit proposals for a poster session for our "Rising from the Depths of Slavery: Legacies of Cultural Expression (Food, Music & Tourism) " symposium.
Proposed posters should address research, curricular and other campus activities, or community organizing that connects with the symposium theme of "cultural expression" to tell the story of the legacies of American slavery through food, music and/or tourism.
Applicants for the Poster Session should submit proposals, including a 250-word abstract and 100-word maximum brief bio.
Selected poster presenters will receive a stipend of $200 to attend the symposium.
Submission deadline: October 15, 2022
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122