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Decolonization and Diaspora: Blackness in Afro-Arab Worlds

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Producing Knowledge In and Of Africa
Meeting Description: 

“‘Black Folks From Babylon’” attends to the mistranslations and missed translations abound in David Graham Du Bois’s 1975 novel …And Bid Him Sing in order to trace divergent epistemologies of blackness in 1960s Cairo. While Black American and Arab African characters debate the symbolic and material role of Egypt in the African diaspora and the anti-colonial era, Cairo’s burgeoning jazz scene opens up a dialogic space in which capacious interpretations and practices of diaspora may be realized. 

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About the Speaker

Sophia Azeb is an assistant professor of Black studies in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. Her book project, tentatively titled “Another Country: Constellations of Blackness in Afro-Arab Cultural Expression,” explores the circuits of transnational and translational blackness charted by African American, Afro-Caribbean, African, and Afro-Arab peoples across twentieth century North Africa and Europe.

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