Alain Locke in the 21st Century
rothermere american institute, university of oxford 
october 12-13, 2012      *See revised schedule*


A two-day symposium on the work of Alain Locke will take place at the Rothermere American Institute October 12-13 2012. The event promises to be a stimulating set of papers, conversations and performances celebrating this highly distinguished American writer and philosopher and his relationship to Anglo-American culture and black modernity. Alain Locke was the first African-American Rhodes Scholar. He came to Oxford in 1907 after outstanding work at Harvard. He went on to a distinguished academic career and was one of the intellectual lights behind the rebirth of the black arts movement in the early 20th century. As well as editing the essential anthology, The New Negro (1925), Locke is often identified as the father of the Harlem Renaissance. The goal of the symposium is to consider Locke's international influences, his intellectual legacy, and the project of black institutionalism—all in the context of recent discussions concerning what might constitute a black tradition in letters.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

James DonaldUniversity of New South Wales
Rachel Farebrother, Swansea University
Paul Gilroy, King's College London
Jacqueline Goldsby, Yale University
Deborah McDowell, University of Virginia
Sarah Meer, University of Cambridge
Anna Pochmara, University of Warsaw
Tessa Roynon, University of Oxford
Kenneth Warren, University of Chicago
Becca Weir, University of Cambridge

Performance by Errollyn Wallen http//

Conference Organisers:
Professor Elleke Boehmer, University of Oxford
Professor Laura Marcus, University of Oxford
Dr Michèle Mendelssohn, University of Oxford
Dr Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford

Conference Facilitator & Website Design: Nisha Manocha
Poster Design: Alexander Bubb