This two-day Symposium will bring together Black Women scholars in the
United States, and Black intellectuals from civil society in North and
South America to discuss the state of Black Women's territorial politics
and solidarity networking (TUESDAY APRIL 5). with an emphasis on race
and gender as key factors in the analysis of the socio-historical
(re)configuration of political violence, and the Colombian
Peace-building process that aims to overcome the causes and effects of
political violence (WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6). The _BLACK WOMEN, TERRITORY AND
PEACE BUILDING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SYMPOSIUM_ is the first
academic event held in the United States that is focused on the debate
about the importance of race and gender in the Colombian Peace-building
process in Havana, Cuba, and its relationship with Black communities'
struggles in Colombia.
The UMass organizers aim to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue
between scholars, students and Black organic intellectuals and community
leaders on the ways that Black communities are resisting war and
structural violence. The symposium seeks to create an academic and
intellectual platform/space in which underrepresented students, graduate
students, and the Five-College community, in general, are able to
articulate their efforts in promoting social justice and peace within a
transnational, intercultural academic space.