Being Black and Becoming European: Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories

Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-02-28

Being Black and Becoming European:
Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories

"Striving to be European and black requires some specific forms of
double consciousness"

Paul Gilroy - The Black Atlantic, 1993

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal(Routledge)announce a Call for Papers on Being Black and Becoming
European:Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories
to examine the
intersection between Being Black and Becoming European in the context
of a changing Europe.

In the last decade, the presence of African Diaspora populations has
drawn increased attention from scholars and the public at large.
Although the systematic study of the history of what is now generally
referred to as Black Europe has just begun, the history African
Diaspora populations in Europe remains neglected and hidden.

The Editors encourage a range of contributions that critically examine
Being Black and Becoming European amid contestations, negotiations,
and competing identity claims through a range of perspectives that
touch on questions such as: What does it mean to be Black and Becoming
European in a changing Europe? How have processes and dynamics of
racialization and gendering of Black subjects materialized and been
contested? What are the historical legacies of European colonialism on
Being Black and Becoming European? In what ways has Blackness been
constructed and negotiated across Europe? What sort of state
strategies has been deployed to police, regulate and manage Blackness
in Europe? What discursive frameworks are emerging to examine Being
Black and Becoming European?

Contributors are encouraged to explore being Black and Becoming
European: Unsettled Migration and Hidden Histories in Europe through
various disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches such as
literature, history, music, performance and cultural studies,
photography and visual art, and anthropology etc...

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) is
devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/national movement,
locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African
Diaspora in the context of globalization as well as in different
discourses, political, social, historical and cultural contexts. The
journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political forces set in
motion by nation-state and provides a counter-narrative of subject
positions regarding resistance, negotiation and cultural production of
African descendant populations.

The aim of the journal is to advance the analytical and interrogative
discourses that constitute the distinctive interdisciplinary field of
African and Black Diaspora Studies in the production of knowledge
about the deterritorialised and transnational nature of the African
and Black Diaspora. Eschewing essentialist modes of theorizing, the
journal situates the movement of African descended populations
(geographic, cultural, social, political and psychological) in the
context of globalized and transnational spaces by emphasizing the
centrality of African and Black Diaspora as a unit of analysis as well
as the development of diasporic identities across time and space.

Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length. Authors should send their
material with the abstract attached as a Word document. The abstract
should also be included in the body of the message. Please be sure to
include the following information in the e-mail as well: Full name,
university affiliation, and the title of your abstract.

Deadlines: submission of Abstracts, February 28, 2010 and submission
of completed papers, July 30, 2010. Authors of accepted abstracts will
receive e-mail notification no later than March 15, 2010.

Proposals should be sent to:
Fassil Demissie,
DePaul University

Fassil Demissie, Editor
African and Black Diaspora
Department of Public Policy, Suite 150.1
DePaul University
2352 N. Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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