08. April 2018 · Comments Off on “In the Black Radical Tradition. . .” Research Symposium · Categories: Events, News

“In the Black Radical Tradition. . .” Research Symposium

A Research Symposium and Commemoration of Black Studies at 50 Years

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018

UCSB MultiCultural Center  

The Black Radical Tradition emerges as a philosophy, a consciousness and a practice of resistance and survival necessitated by the inexplicable and outrageous onslaught of oppressive practices and phobic behavior with which European traditions of colonialism and imperialism assaulted African people as far back as the Roman Empire. This radical consciousness and practice of resistance took its strength and historical endurance from the ability of the African people in the grip of the most violent forms of enslavement, colonialism and imperialism to recreate and conserve the consciousness of the communities and societies from which they had been taken, a consciousness which insisted on the humanity and voice of all human beings.

It was this enduring consciousness that gave rise and enduring life to the traditions, beliefs, myths and messianic visions that gave generation upon generation of African people who found themselves in the grip of the most destructive and horrific ideologies and practices of the West the persistence and ideological vitality to continue to imagine, attempt and put into practice the impossible. This ideological vitality took many forms finding expression in slave rebellions and marronage as well as in the practices of lived experience, embodied in, as Cedric Robinson writes, “the shouts, the spirituals, the sermons, and the very textual body of Black Christianity.”

You can find the full program and schedule of events here.

22. April 2016 · Comments Off on “Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical” · Categories: Archived Posts and Events

Randolph April 27 Flyer

Please join the Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative for our newly rescheduled first event of Spring Quarter!

Sherie M. Randolph, UCSB’s Ella Baker Visiting Professor in the Department of Black Studies and Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will discuss her recently published book:

“Florynce ‘Flo’ Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical,”
on Wednesday, April 27 at 12:30pm in the Dolores Huerta Room in South Hall 1623.

The former Associate Director of the Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College, she has received several grants and fellowships for her work, most recently being awarded fellowships from Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Randolph’s book, Florynce “Flo” KennedyThe Life of a Black Feminist Radical (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), examines the connections between the Black Power, civil rights, New Left, and feminist movements.
We look forward to you joining us for this exciting event.
16. October 2015 · Comments Off on PassingSOLO: From Book to Play to Passing Today · Categories: Events, News
Davis-Bellamy Oct. 20
On Tuesday, October 20 at 2:00pm in South Hall 2635.
Nancy Davis-Bellamy, co-founder of the Towne Street Theater, will be discussing her one-woman show Passing Solo, based on Nella Larsen’s famous Harlem Renaissance novella Passing.
 An alumna of American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and Lincoln Center Directors Lab West, Davis-Bellamy’s directing credits include “Nevis Mountain Dew,” “Passing,” “Madwoman of Chaillot,” “Five on the Blackhand Side,” “30 Love,” “Medals,” and more.

Also an actor, she won the NAACP Theatre Award for “Passing” which she also conceived and has appeared in the films “Menace 2 Society,” “The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “The Five Heartbeats,” and “Hollywood Shuffle.”


16. October 2015 · Comments Off on The Power of North American Urban Textures (As Seen from a Large European Postmetropolis) · Categories: Events, News

Buchenau Oct. 19 Event

“The Power of North American Urban Textures (As Seen from a Large European Postmetropolis)”

On Monday, October 19 at 5:00pm-6:30pm in the Sankey Room (South Hall 2623).

Dr. Buchenau’s past work has explored the “so-called ‘postracial turn’ in recent North American writings, the diverse forms of literary and cultural transfers and exchanges informing literary production in North America, and the cultural and political work of stereotypical and typological representations of minority groups in texts, maps and visual art.”

Dr. Buchenau is also one of the directors of the Research Training Group “City Scripts: Condensation, Inversion, and Assemblage in North American Urbanity,” which focuses on “systematic insights into how textual and historical processes have operated in North American scenarios of (de)urbanization and thus have also impacted global developments and phenomena.”

21. February 2014 · Comments Off on Graduate Student Conference (in honor of T. DeFrantz and Kyle Abraham) CFP · Categories: News

Please follow this link to a PDF of an exciting opportunity to present work on the intersections of race, queerness, and contemporary dance:

Graduate Conference on Race, Queerness, and Contemporary Dance CFP


Kyle Abraham’s Pavement ; Photography © Carrie Schneider




30. August 2012 · Comments Off on Welcome to the Hemispheric South/s Website! · Categories: News

The Hemispheric South/s Research Initiative is excited to announce that its website is currently undergoing revision (Summer 2013) so that it may better serve as:

1. A way to keep updated on our exciting upcoming Events

2. A digital archive of our Past Events

3. A research tool of Resources


We’ve also added a Featured Book page to bring you the latest in groundbreaking scholarship.