African Diaspora Studies and the Disciplines
An international symposium to be held 23-26 March 2006 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The study of the African diaspora has become a vibrant area of research and teaching in recent years across disciplines. Few efforts have, however, been made to clearly situate, delineate, and reflect on the practice of diaspora scholarship within the possibilities and constraints afforded and imposed by the disciplines. Interdisciplinary dialogue on the theoretical contours of the African diaspora is even rarer. In order to begin filling these significant gaps, the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World Research Circle at the University of Wisconsin brings together leading scholars in over a dozen disciplines for a three-day international symposium. Click here for more...

Speakers | Program



Tejumola Olaniyan
James Sweet
Madeleine Wong

Main Sponsors/Hosts

The African Diaspora Cluster
African Diaspora and the Atlantic World research Circle
African Studies Program



Department of African Languages and Literature
Department of Afro-American Studies
Anonymous Fund
Department of Anthropology
Department of Art History
Department of English
Department of French and Italian
Department of Geography
The Harvey Goldberg Center for the Study of Contemporary History
Department of History
The International Institute
Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program
School of Music
Department of Philosophy
Department of Theater



The Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI


Travel & Lodging

Those planning to attend the conference from out of Madison are advised to make their own travel and lodging arrangements. For a list of some nearby hotels, click here.



The conference is free and open to the public. However, if you plan to attend, please contact us for registration and other administrative details.


Conference Coordinator

Toni Pressley-Sanon

Contact Us

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Toni Pressley-Sanon by email at