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Events at the McFarland Center

Fall 2017

We are currently planning our fall events and will continue to update this site. To watch past events online, please visit our Listen and Learn page. 

October 19-21, 2017
Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display — The recent proliferation of images, articles, and even a Guinness commercial about Congolese men known as sapeurs (the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) raises new ethical questions about how we read race, gender, and identity in images in texts. Sapeurs appear to be the epitome of  the "black dandy." However, these extravagantly dressed men also engage in friendly fashion competitions and do so against bleak West Central African urban landscapes. This three-day conference aims to examine the intersections of  gender, race, and visual culture, in the Atlantic, spanning Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe from the 16th century to the present. Learn more»

November 15-17, 2017
Religion, Protest, and Social Upheaval — The recent proliferation of social, political, and economic protest and populist expression, from Black Lives Matter to Hindu Nationalism, invites renewed exploration of religion's age-old power to fuel and shape cultural change. This conference brings together a diverse group of scholars across national and religious divides to examine the impact of religion on various social and political movements. Organized around six themes — nationalism, immigration, race, gender, ecological concern, and economics — this conference aims to illuminate the complex dynamics of religion in protest and social upheaval. Co-sponsored with Religious Studies. Learn more»