The 2016 Transatlantic Roundtable will convene in Trinidad and Tobago:
- 60 years after the watershed election in that nation that consolidated black political empowerment and charted the course for the nation’s 1962 independence, and 50 years after the independence of its southern Caribbean neighbors Barbados and Guyana;
- 60 years after the launch of a wave of independence in Africa that from Sudan’s independence in 1956 to Lesotho’s in 1966 included 30 sub-Saharan African countries;
- 60 years after the successful conclusion of the Montogmery Bus Boycott which helped mobilize the nationwide mid-20th century Civil Rights Movment in the USA; and
- 70 years since the post-World War II beginnings of mass migration from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia to the UK.
Despite the gains in the decades since those historic markers, however, African-descended communities across the globe continue to suffer effects of political, economic and social inequities whose consequences include alarming levels of disease, unemployment, incarceration, and systemic violence. Our 2016 conference will examine public policy responses (including reparations discussions), expressions of cultural resistance, and faith-centered responses (including interfaith). We invite proposals outlining “best-practices” and practical dimensions as well as conceptual and applied scholarly papers that explore these or related themes.
Please submit 150-250 word abstracts by EXTENDED DEADLINE April 30, 2016 to Dr. R. Drew Smith (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. William Ackah (Univ. of London) email@example.com .