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African Athena

African Athena was Bernal's original title for Black Athena, his "infamous" work that has confronted the modern academy with some of the most challenging questions it has faced over the last twenty years. This interdisciplinary conference seeks neither to demonize nor lionize Bernal's book, but to open dialogue on the issues it has posed: can a myth of Afrocentrism ever be a useful narrative in contemporary culture? How do Africanizing and classicizing cultures interface and interpenetrate in the arts and lives of Africans, Europeans, Caribbeans and Americans? Does Black Athena offer new possibilities for comparison between African and Jewish diasporas, cultures and struggles? How do we deal with the difficult collusion of essentialist and poststructuralist discourses in "postcolonial" thought? These issues are only a point of departure.

African Athena: Black Athena 20 years on - Stephen Howe

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Stephen Howe (University of Bristol) speaking at the African Athena conference.

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African Athena: Black Athena 20 years on - Martin Bernal

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Martin Bernal (Cornell University) speaking at the African Athena conference.

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