At the 2017 NYASA Annual Conference Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies was honored with
Carole Boyce Davies—professor of English and Africana Studies at the Africana Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS: NYASA’S 42nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE: EMERGING AFRICAS: VERSIONS and VISIONS (CALL FOR PAPERS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15, 2017)
42nd Annual Conference of the NEW YORK AFRICAN(A) STUDIES ASSOCIATION at
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NYASA President (Election 2017):
Position: Goals and Philosophy as President:
While continuing NYASA’s tradition of hosting internationally-attended conferences, I will have three main goals as President:
- To use computer-mediated technologies to make NYASA not only more useful but more useful to members throughout the year; NYASA should become a continual presence rather than an organization whose importance pops up once a year at conference time.
- To bring more young members into NYASA through digital outreach (using an E-brochure specifically created for college students) through our connections with Africana Studies departments and programs in NYASA’s “Seven States” to directly connect with Africana Studies students.
- While fully supporting ongoing efforts to create partnerships with colleagues and institutions in Africa and the Caribbean, my focus as President will be to promote stronger connections with appropriate departments and organizations in not only New York, but also Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Quebec (NYASA’S “Seven States”).
Relationship with NYASA: I joined NYASA 21 years ago in 1996 and have been an Executive Board Member since 2009—4 years as Member-at-Large, 1 year as Treasurer, and 3 years as Vice President.
Relationship with Africa: During a period of 4 years, I bicycled through 24 countries of Africa. I currently lead a study abroad program (with Cheikh Ndiaye of Union College) that takes students to Senegal for study and internships. I have taught 12 different courses on Africa, Caribbean, and African American topics at 4 institutions of higher learning.
Scholarship and Teaching: Kevin Hickey, Ph.D. is associate professor of Africana Studies, English, and Humanities at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (before ACPHS, I was a member of the Africana Studies Department at SUNY Plattsburgh) http://www.acphs.edu/users/kevinhickey . My research focuses on “geography” in three interconnecting aspects: actual physical places; how literature depicts places using ideas such as “the dark continent,” “exile,” “tourist,” or “at home”; and third, the “imagined geographies” of Western philosophy especially of metaphysics and in particular Kant’s Critique of Judgment. My research shows how tropes of geography work to create and sustain ideas that support Eurocentric perceptions of the world while also showing how Africana writers (as well as visual artists) use these same tropes to reconfigure “inherited conceptions” of space and the hierarchies embedded in those conceptions.
More than ever, a knowledge of Africa and its Diaspora is essential both to education and to citizenship. I look forward to helping to make NYASA an increasingly important presence in facilitating the dissemination of that knowledge.
NYASA Vice President (Election 2017)
CHEIKH M. NDIAYE
If elected Vice President of NYASA, I will work closely with the President and with all NYASA’s Officers to collectively foster NYASA’s mission and vision. As recommended by the current NYASA’s BYLAWS, I will assist the President and remain actively engaged in critical tasks including NYASA conferences; facilitating faculty and student interchanges among various college and universities in New York State and surrounding areas; strengthening African Studies within the New York State (university, college, high school and elementary school curriculum development); fostering cooperation between universities, colleges, high schools, and other public and private institutions; recruiting more members at local and global levels with a specific target to students from high schools to colleges and universities.
I am currently a Member-at-Large of the NYASA’s Executive Board. I have actively participated in all NYASA most recent conferences from chairing panels to presenting papers. On 3-4 April 2015, Union College, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Albany Law School hosted the NYASA conference on “Africa, Its Diaspora, and Laws.” I was co-chair of the Organizing Committee that marked the 40th conference of the New York African Studies Association.
Cheikh M. Ndiaye is Associate Professor of French and Francophone studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Union College, Schenectady, New York. Ndiaye has a Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. ès Lettres from Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal. His research interest addresses West African oral literature; he has a book chapter published in Les Epopées Africaines by Lilyan Kestloot et Bassirou Dieng (Paris: Karthala, 1997). Ndiaye’s research also examines pre-colonial literature and how it relates to post-colonial literature. Contemporary Francophone writers develop narrative strategies that often question conventional writing; they operate from a position defined by both local paradigms and Western liberalism and their texts negotiate these relations; he has published articles on Mariama Bâ, Malika Mokeddem, Calixthe Beyala, prize-winning Cameroonian filmmaker Osvalde Lewat, prix Goncourt winner Patrick Chamoiseau, and L. S. Senghor. Ndiaye is also interested in global awareness through cultural and linguistic competency; he has directed term -abroad programs in France, Martinique, and Senegal; a highlight of that is a meeting he arranged between his students and poet and statesman Aimé Césaire during one of the Union College mini-term program in L’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane Francaise (Martinique); Aimé Césaire is a co-founder of the Négritude Movement and internationally recognized author of Return to My Native Land, Discourse on Colonialism, and a theatrical version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.