Planet Deep South Colloquium set for Feb. 24-27 at Hamer Institute

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO and The Institute for Social Justice and Race in conjunction with Astro Blackness present the 2016 Planet Deep South Colloquium: Speculative Cultural Production and Africanisms in the American Black South. The conference is Feb. 24-27, and will include panel discussions, exhibitions, and a closing plenary session. David Banner, rapper, producer, actor, and activist with Kiese Laymon, a writer, editor and associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2015-2016, along with Jackson State University student leaders, will discuss the relevance of HBCUs in the future of Black America at a town hall style meeting at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25,  in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266.

This event will take place on the campus of Jackson State University. Planet Deep South is a three-day interdisciplinary colloquium open to all scholars, artists and graduate students that explore the intellectual and creative expression of African people through a series of panel discussions designed to inspire the inquiry of southern Black cultural production through a historical and speculative lens.

Through an Afro-futuristic outlook, thinkers, writers, musicians and artists envision a Pan African world that is diverse yet specific; imagined, yet real, grounded yet unlimited, extending beyond region, space, and time.

For additional information regarding the 2016 Planet Deep South Colloquium call (601) 979-1563 or 601-979-4348 or email:

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