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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference

 

TITLE: African Americans, ‘Race’ and Diaspora” (click to download PDF)
CONFERENCE DATES: June 13-15, 2013
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OF ABSTRACTS: November 15, 2012
VENUE: University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France

Specifically dedicated to the interlocking issues of “race” and the Black Diaspora, this event is the third in the “Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’” Conference series, organized by the research center EMMA (University Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France} in partnership with CAAR, CRILOHI (Université de la Réunion), MIGRINTER (Université de Poitiers) Department of Continuing Education (Oxford University, UK) Wake Forest University (NC, USA) (http://www.wfu.edu/romancelanguages/Diasporas%20and%20Race/archive.html)

We seek contributions (theoretical papers inter a as well as case studies) in the fields of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies in the disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities that address the following issues:

Identities. The diverse uses of “diaspora” (Hall, Gilroy, Edwards) have redefined the field of “African American Studies”. Should we rethink African American “identity” in relation to a subject more broadly and complexly understood as racialized and diasporic? More specifically, is the concept of “intersectionality” (Hill Collins, Crenshaw) a useful tool in the current effort to draw on Black Feminist Studies, Gender Studies, Queer theory and GLBT Studies? In what ways do the notions of super-diversity (Vertovec), multi-ethnicity and multi-raciality reconfigure the “black subject”?

Diaspora, race and oppression. The notion of “race,” has been historically articulated with that of black/African diaspora. Should the paradigmatic position of the black diaspora be rethought and/or reaffirmed since slavery and postcoloniality as well as race consciousness are at the core of its often contested exceptionalism? Are trauma, oppression, forced migration still coterminous with black diaspora?

Migrations. In what ways have the new South-to-South migration routes from and within Africa questioned, historical sedimented diasporic and racial identities? Is there a Black Diaspora within Africa and what light does it shed on the diaspora/race nexus. What is the place of new African immigrant with regard to the building of post racial societies in Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American/Caribbean countries?

Plural, global diaspora(s). Current research on Blacks in Europe, Blacks in Latin America and in the Indian Ocean has opened new ways of conceptualizing race and black consciousness as well as the relation to time and place, heritage and territory, history and memory. How are we to envision the links, the breaking points and the articulations between the two notions in light of critical race theory, race formation theory, new racism, and the conception of black diasporas as rhizomatic, in motion, and plural? Can transnationalism, creolization, cosmopolitanism be substituted to or complement black diapora? How are we to think of a “global” black diapora in the context of intercultural and interracial exchanges?

Post-race? The terms “post-race” and “post-black” stand at the core of heated debates among scholars. Have the different disciplinary fields vested interests in preserving one concept over another through certain combinations?  What are the ideological implications of these choices?

Re-presentations. The arts (literature, the visual arts, popular culture, the Internet) are privileged markers of these evolutions: notions of avant-garde, of globalization, utopias. The current controversy around African American literature (Warren, Gates) and presence of writers who reject race identification (cf. Everett, Whitehead) and of an American literature from the African diaspora (cf. Mengestu) is a case in point.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (maximum 250 words): November 15, 2012
Please submit a short bio-bibliographical notice as well (maximum 200 words) and copy the five co-convenors of the conference in your email (see addresses below).

Co-convenors:
Pr Sally Barbour (Wake Forest University, USA) barbour@wfu.edu
Dr David Howard (University of Oxford, UK) david.howard@conted.ox.ac.uk
Dr Thomas Lacroix (IMI, Univ. of Oxford, UK; MIGRINTER, Université de Poitiers, France) thomas.lacroix@univ-poitiers.fr
Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3, France) judith.misrahi-barak@univ-montp3.fr
Pr Claudine Raynaud (EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry - Montpellier 3, France) claudine.raynaud@univ-montp3.fr