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Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West

The Merchant of Venice, 2010, Kiluanji Kia Henda

Event Date and Time:

January 17, 2013 – January 20, 2013

Location:

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts
Paris 7 University, Amphitheater
Musée du quai Branly

PARIS January 17 – 20, 2013


THURSDAY – école nationale supérieure des beaux-arts


14 Rue Bonaparte

Amphithéâtre 1 / Bâtiment des Loges (A)

Salle de conférences/Palais des études (SC)


9:30 AM – 4:00 PM  REGISTRATION


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM (A)  GREETING
Cheryl Finley and Deborah Willis, organizers

10:30 – 11:00 AM WELCOME BY THE ORGANIZERS     (A)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nicolas Bourriaud, Manthia Diawara, Jean-Paul
Colleyn, Awam Amkpa, Lydie Diakhaté

11:00 – 12:00 PM   OPENING PLENARY SESSION (A)
Jean-Pierre Dozon and Jean-François Chevrier, moderated by Noemie Oxley

12:00 – 1:00 PM   LUNCH BREAK
1:00 – 1:45 PM  SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER     (A)
Lilian Thuram

2:00-3:30 PM  EXOTISME ET AMBIGUITÉ, EXOTICISM AND AMBIGUITY (A)
Jean-Paul Colleyn, Nathalie Coutelet, Sylvie Chalaye, Christine
Douxami, Pascal Blanchard

2:00 -3:30 PM THE IMAGINARY AND THE BLACK BODY (SC)
Kalia Brooks, Anne Lafont, Michelle Stephens, Adrienne
L. Childs, Alissandra Cummins, Allison Thompson, Gunja Sen Gupta, Tuliza Fleming

3:30 – 3:45 PM COFFEE BREAK / PAUSE CAFÉ

3:45-5:15 PM (T) IN THE COLLECTION: MUSEUMS AND THE ARCHIVE (A)
Dominique Malaquais, Françoise Vergès, Bogumil Jewsiewicki,
Justin-Daniel Gandoulou, Prune Helfter, Christine Barthe, Ngaire
Blankenberg

3:45-5:15 PM  MIRROR MIRROR: THE STEREOTYPES (SC)
Lydie Diakhaté, Michele Wallace, Diagne Chanel, Nora Chipaumire,
Léonora Miano, Rokhaya Diallo, Trica Danielle Keaton




FRIDAY – Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7

15 rue Hélène Brion - 75013  Amphithéâtre Buffon


9:00– 5:00 PM                    REGISTRATION

9:15– 9:30 AM                  WELCOME
Jean-Paul Colleyn and Manthia Diawara

9:30 – 11:00 AM                   MEMORY & NOSTALGIA: THE ARCHIVE IN
THE BLACK BODY
Cheryl Finley, Pamela Newkirk, Roshini Kempadoo, Celeste Marie
Bernier, Brendan Wattenberg, Renée Mussai

11:00 – 12:30 PM                   ROUNDTABLE – BLACK BODIES: LIVE AND
UNCENSORED
Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., Simon Njami, Carrie Mae Weems, Elizabeth Colomba,
 Jean-Ulrick Désert, Lyle Ashton Harris, Daniele Tamagni

12:30 – 1:30 PM                    LUNCH BREAK

1:30 – 3:00PM "MIX-UP, MIX-UP": NIKKI MINAJ, RIHANNA AND OTHER
(MIS)READINGS OF PLEASURE, FEMININE ARTIFICE, BLACK-CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN
DIASPORIC PERFORMANCES IN POPULAR VISUAL CULTURE
Joan Morgan, Kevin Browne, Kimberli Gant, Treva Lindsey, Mark Anthony Neal

3:00 – 3:15 PM                  COFFEE BREAK / PAUSE CAFÉ

3:15-4:45 PM SWEET SWAGGER: EXPLORING REPRESENTATIONS OF BLACK STYLE,
BEAUTY AND GRACE
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Robert O’Meally, Mimi Plange, Ekua Abudu, Michaela angela Davis,
Catherine McKinley, Katell Pouliquen, Anna Arabindan-Kesson

4:45-6:15 PM SHOW UP TO SHOW OUT: THE RISE OF GLOBAL BLACK DANDYISM
Shantrelle P. Lewis, Michelle Joan Wilkinson, Monica Miller, Allison
Janae Hamilton, Michael McMillan, Ylva Habel



SATURDAY – musée du quai Branly


37 Quai Branly

Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss (TCL) and Salle de cinéma (SC)


9:30- 5:00 PM                    REGISTRATION

9:30-9:40 AM                  WELCOME
Anne-Christine Taylor-Descola, musée du quai Branly
Michel Wieviorka, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’Homme, directeur d’études at the EHESS

9:45-11:00 AM (TCL) (IL)LEGIBILITIES: WHAT MAKES THE BLACK BODY READABLE?
Awam Amkpa, J. D. Ojeikere, Heike Behrend, James Barnor,
Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Alanna Lockward

9:45-11:00 AM (SC) INTRICATE INTERSECTIONS: BLACK APPARITIONS IN IMPERIAL EUROPE
Yemane Demissie, Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Temi Odumosu, Maaza Mengiste,
Artwell Cain, Paul Kaplan, Dell M. Hamilton

11:00-12:30 PM (TCL)         CURATING THE BLACK BODY
Lydie Diakhaté, N’Goné Fall, Xuly Bët, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Nadira Laggoune

11:00 – 12:30 PM (SC)         BLACK EROTICS: NEW THEORIES ON RACE AND PORN
Nicole Fleetwood, Carla Williams, Mireille Miller-Young, Jennifer
Christine Nash, Jafari Allen

12:30 – 1:30 PM                    LUNCH BREAK

1:30-3:00 PM (TCL) CONTEMPORARY VOICES: NAMING AND BRANDING THE BLACK BODY
Hank Willis Thomas, Alexis Peskine, Misa Dayson, Nana Adusei-Poku, Aja
Monet, Franck Freitas and Malek Bouyahia

1:30-3:30 PM (SC)                  ON BEAUTY: FROM JOSEPHINE TO MAXINE
Michael Dinwiddie, Anna Maria Horsford, Dyana Williams, Horace Porter,
Dominic Thomas, John Shévin Foster, Myisha Priest

3:00 – 3:15 PM                  COFFEE BREAK / PAUSE CAFÉ

3:15-4:45 PM (TCL)          UNIVERSALIZING THE BLACK BODY
Jeff Rabhan, Jason King, Ed Guerrero, Sam Pollard, Lewis Watts, Vera Grant, Margaret Crosby-Arnold

4:45 – 6:15 PM (TCL) BLACK OPTICS: VISUALITY, THE CINEMATIC FRAME AND
THE BLACK BODY
Michael Gillespie, Erica Edwards, Eve Dunbar, Hiram Perez, Michael Ralph

4:45-6:15 PM (SC)                   OUT OF AFRICA: YOUNG WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS
Shelley Rice, Jeanne Mercier, Zanele Muholi, Nandipha Mntambo, Maïmouna
Guerresi, Ayana V. Jackson, Nadia Benchallal



SUNDAY – musée du quai Branly


Film Screenings in the Salle de Cinema (SC).


11:.00 – 11:15 AM         Welcome
11:15 – 11:30 AM    LES PRINCES NOIRS DE SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS *

(14’, 1975) by Ben Diogaye Beye
A satire about young men who are prepared to make the most outrageous
promises in order to satisfy the longings of young women for exotic
experiences.

*with the support of the Cinémathèque Afrique / Institut Français.


11:30  – 12:45 PM      THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ELEGANT

(69 min, 2004) documentary by George Amponsah
This is the story of one of the most unusual clubs in the world: La
SAPE. Its members, the Sapeurs, come from the Democratic Republic of
Congo and have elevated fashion to the status of a religion. Set to
the soundtrack of Congo's extraordinary music, the film follows the
sapeurs’ spiritual leader, Papa Wemba, the world-famous musician known
as ‘The King of la Sape’.

1:00 – 1:45 pm    NORA

(30 min, 2008) documentary by Alla Kovgan & David Hinton
In the presence of Nora Chipaumire
“Nora” is based on true stories of the dancer Nora Chipaumire, who was
born in Zimbabwe in 1965. In the film, Nora returns to the landscape
of her childhood and takes a journey through some vivid memories of
her youth. Using performance and dance, she brings her history to life
in a swiftly-moving poem of sound and image.

2:00  – 4:00 PM       SHAFT

(100 min, 1971) by Gordon Parks - Original music by Isaac Hayes.
Introduction by Ed Guerrero (to be confirmed)
An action film with elements of film noir, Shaft tells the story of a
black private detective, John Shaft, who travels through Harlem and to
the Italian mob neighborhoods in order to find the missing daughter of
a black mobster.

4:15  – 6:00 pm        MONA LISA

(1 hr. 44 min., 1986) Drama Directed by Neil Jordan
Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British
mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to
cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be
everyone's doormat, George agrees to act as chauffeur for Simone
(Cathy Tyson), a haughty, high-priced call girl.




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Registration is not required for conference speakers.


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