The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University will hold its third biennial Africa and the Atlantic World Conference on April 7th and 8th, 2016. This year’s conference focuses on intersections and transformations within identities, cultures, and experiences of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The conference hopes to allow scholars to explore the continuous and evolving meaning that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on the experiences of Africana people worldwide. Various papers examining the lingering effects of racism on the lives of Blacks in the United States and the Pan-African world and the strategies of resistance against such oppression will be presented at the conference. Such oppression will be explored not only in relationship to Africa and the United States, but also in connection with the Caribbean, Canada, England, and other parts of the world. A primary focus will be placed on the impact and implications of racial violence and social, economic, and political marginalizations of people of African descent in the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world. Moreover, we have received submissions from a variety of academic scholars, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, community leaders and activists on ways to reflect the strengths and diversity of people of African descent. In addition, we have welcomed artistic submissions and have set aside gallery space and theatre space for such endeavors. Topics and themes of papers/artistic work will include: Critical Race Theory Violence in the Pan-African World Police Brutality Black Masculinity Black Feminism The Prison Industrial Complex Black Sexuality Theories of Africana Studies The future of Africana Studies Public Policy and Africana Studies Geography and identity Gender, sexuality, and the black body Black popular culture Diasporic economics and labor markets Migration and identities of modern immigrants Redefinition of the African American identity Culture, representation and performance, Obama Phenomena For more information about the conference, please contact the Conference Committee electronically (at firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail at: Conference Committee, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240.