"Aaron Douglas and the Arts of the Harlem Renaissance" interdisciplinary conference – September 28-29, 2007Aaron Douglas and the Arts of the Harlem Renaissance will be an interdisciplinary conversation that reflects the strong connection Douglas had with his contemporaries in the visual, literary, and performing arts during the Harlem Renaissance. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.
The goal of the conference is to assess the complex constellation of artists, writers, and political and creative thinkers who comprised the Harlem Renaissance and to highlight Douglas's place within it. Whereas the exhibition Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist presents work made by Douglas throughout his career, the conference is an opportunity to focus on the Harlem Renaissance, the era during which Douglas made a name for himself and with which he is most closely associated.
The conference organizer encourages the development of a language that crosses the borders among the visual, literary, and performing arts and furthermore invites the participants to put these arts within their social and political context. During the conference, everyone--scholars and audience--will be urged to join the conversation.The conference is organized by KU Professor of English, William J. Harris and coordinated by Stephanie Fox Knappe. Papers will be published in a special issue of American Studies edited by William J. Harris.