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Post Ferguson Panel

Ferguson/ Staten Island Panel

"After Ferguson: Race and Social Justice in a Post-Obama America"

Moderated by Rhonda Frederick, Associate Professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Merkert 127 Auditorium 

Works-In-Progress Lecture Series


"Terror Wars, Culture Wars: Race and the War on Terror"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Prof. Cynthia Young, Assoc. Professor of  AADS and English, Boston College

Lyons Hall 301 @ 12pm 


"Decolonization, Skilled Labor, and Nation-Building in Southeastern Africa"

Wednesday, March 17 or 19, 2015 (TBD) 

Prof. Priya Lal,  Assoc. Professor of History, Boston College

Lyons Hall 301 @ 12pm


"The Darkness and Blackness of God: An Important Distinction for Christian Mystical-Political Theology"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prof. Andrew Prevot, Asst.Professor of Theology, Boston College 

Lyons Hall 301 @ 12pm


New Directions in African Diaspora Studies


“Fugitive Justice and Black Political Possibility in the Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Prof. Soyica Colbert, Assoc. Professor of African American Studies and Theater and Perfomance Studies, Georgetown University

Devlin Hall 101 @ 4:30 pm


"Slavery, Hope, and Flight: On Freedom as Maronage" 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Prof. Neil Roberts, Assoc. Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College

Devlin 101 @ 4:30 pm 








African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship


Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) announces its dissertation fellowship competition.  Scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, are eligible to apply.  We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.



Find more information about the African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship.

Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship

The Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship provides up to $3,000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals, and  research-related expenses. The award must be used between 1 June and 20 January of the fellowship year to facilitate a research project of between 15 and 20 double-spaced pages.

Deadline: March 27, 2015 

Sample Proposal.


Feel free to browse through the AADS Newsletter for the 2012-2013 school year.

Blacks in Boston Conference

"Blacks in Boston: Black... and Immigrant"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The "Blacks in Boston" conference series is back at Boston College! The theme for this one-day event is "Blacks in Boston: Black... and Immigrant." This theme is designed to engage current issues in the US immigration debate, and to explore what black immigrants and immigration bring to this conversation. Click here for further information.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via INTERFOLIO at; the deadline for submissions is 21 February 2015.


Faculty News

Prof. C. Shawn McGuffey attended an international conference in Tanzania to discuss Darfurian refugees with African/regionally-based experts, policy makers, human rights practitioners, and representatives from the Hague (International Criminal Court). Prof. McGuffey's past research helped inform the ways in which the Darfurian genocide is being handled at the International Criminal Court. Read more here.



Rhonda Frederick

Faculty Publication Highlights featuring Prof. Rhonda Frederick

Boston College Libraries’ features Prof. Rhonda Frederick’s article, "Making Jamaican Love: Colin Channer's Waiting in Vain and Romance-ified Diaspora Identities." Click here to read the article and to watch the interview.



Faculty Publication Highlights featuring Prof. Regine Jean-Charles

Prof. Jean Charles' recent publication, Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary was featured by the Boston College Libraries. Click here to watch the full interview with Prof. Jean-Charles.

Advancing Research and Scholarship at Boston College

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AADS Director, Martin Summers, will be a panelist for this inaugural University wide event. This year’s theme is Global Public Health: Policy, Disparity and Disease.  For event details and registration, click here.


Prof. Young

Faculty Publication Highlights: Dr. Cynthia Young

Dr. Young’s article entitled “Black Ops: Black Masculinity and the War on Terror” was recently published in the American Quarterly. Click here to read Dr. Cynthia Young’s article.


Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in Francophone Imaginary

Faculty Book Release: Dr. Regine Jean-Charles

Conflict Bodies: The Politics of Rape Representation in the Francophone Imaginary explores the relationship between rape and narratives of violence in francophone literature and culture. The book offers ways to account for the raped bodies beneath the conflicts of slavery, genocide, dictatorship, natural disasters and war—and to examine why doing so is necessary. Through a feminist analysis of the rhetoric and representation of rape in francophone African and Caribbean cultural production, Conflict Bodies examines theoretical, visual, and literary texts that challenge the dominant views of postcolonial violence.

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