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Omar H. Ali is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A historian and ethnographer, his latest areas of research include postmodernism and the use of performance in poor and working-class communities. A former member of the Castillo Theatre artist collective, performing in New York City and Fort-de-France, Martinique, Ali is the author of two books on independent black politics and has served as an editor for the journal Souls. He recently wrote the narrative for the Schomburg Center's internationally acclaimed exhibit "The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World." Ali received his PhD in history from Columbia University and has been a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a Library Scholar at Harvard University, and a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia. He has appeared on CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera, Telemundo, and NPR, among other news networks, to discuss the rising tide of independent voters in the United States and the twin issues of democracy and development.

Sabine Broeck is professor of American Studies at the University of Bremen. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender and sexualities, on black diaspora studies, on the theorization of slavery, and on the decolonial critique of transatlantic modernity. She has been a longstanding and active member of the European American Studies and Postcolonial Studies communities; she is currently president of the Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) and general editor of FORECAAST. She has published two monographs, Der entkolonisierte Koerper (1987) and Black Amnesia-White Memory (1999), and co-edited a number of publications in the field of African American literature and culture, among them Black Women's Writing Revisited, a special issue of Gender Forum ( At present, she is at work on a book contracted with SUNY Press: No Slavery for the Subject: Re-Thinking the Formation of the Modern Subject Engendered in Slavery.

Sarah Jane Cervenak is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Women's and Gender Studies and African American Studies programs at the University [End Page 174] of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her research concerns the ways that wandering (rambling, roaming, meditating) in nineteenth- to twenty-first-century black performances describes the philosophical and performative event of resistance to racialized, gendered captivity. Her research and teaching draw on methodologies within African American studies, gender studies, critical race theory, Marxist analysis, philosophy, and performance studies. She has published in the academic journals Discourse and Spectator as well as in anthologies on feminism and the African American novel, respectively.

Rokhaya Diallo is the founder and director of the association "The Indivisibles who struggle against ordinary racism with humor" and gives out each year the "Y'a bon" Awards for the "best" racist phrases pronounced by public figures. She is also a journalist at the television channel Canal Plus and the RTL radio station. In March 2011, she published Racisme: mode d'emploi (Racism: A User's Manual) (Editions Larousse).

Trica Danielle Keaton is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her publications include: Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion (Indiana University Press, 2006), Black Europe and the African Diaspora, co-edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Stephen Small (University of Illinois Press, 2009), Black France—France Noire: The History and Politics of Blackness, co-edited with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting and Tyler Stovall (Duke University Press, forthcoming); "The Politics of Race-blindness: (Anti)blackness and Category Blindness in Contemporary France" (DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 2010), and other articles and essays. She is currently writing her next book on antiracism in Europe.

Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie is an associate professor of history at Howard University. He has authored Freedpeople in the Tobacco South: Virginia, 1860 to 1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999), Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), and an electronic anthology African American Social Movements (ProQuest, 2005). He has published articles in The Journal of African American History, Slavery and Abolition, Souls, and Nature, Society, and Thought, as well...


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