La Maison Baldwin’s International Conference on James Baldwin will take place in collaboration with the city of Nice Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 at the Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen on the Promenade des Anglais. A second partnership with the mayor’s office in Saint Paul de Vence will bring the entire conference to James Baldwin’s adopted French hometown on Saturday, June 18. La Maison Baldwin’s is a nonprofit association founded in 2016 to honor Baldwin’s legacy in Saint-Paul de Vence.
Conference proceedings will be recorded for the creation of a post-conference archive of contemporary thinking on James Baldwin, to be made available to the public by subscription and free to high schools and universities worldwide.
On the agenda are more than twenty panels, roundtable conversations, and performances. The opening plenary features scholars from the United States discussing “The Elder Baldwin, the Queer Baldwin, the Global Baldwin.” Other panel topics include “Baldwin and the Essay: A Stranger in the Village,” “Teaching James Baldwin,” and a special virtual appearance from scholars in Ukraine and Belarus on “Baldwin Studies in the USSR and Post-Soviet Countries.”
Events open to the public in Saint Paul de Vence include guided tours to the site of Baldwin’s former villa, an open mic at the Maison Baldwin residency cottage, and a video screening of Baldwin speaking at Oxford by the renowned filmmaker Horace Ové at De Buck Gallery.