Currently soliciting manuscripts from African American academics (discipline: open), activists, critics, commentators and politicians which offer critical analysis of a wide range of American foreign policy issues. Of particular interest are papers that expand into areas not generally thought of as subjects of African American analysis and critique – that in fact challenge the ways black interests have been relegated to a narrow range of both domestic and international concerns.
Works sought include (but are not limited to):
1. critiques addressing specific issue areas (and the intersections thereof), such as NATO; the war on and occupation of Iraq; Africa; the IMF and World Bank; FTAA; NAFTA; 9/11;the United Nations; peace; war; nuclear weapons production, deterrence, disarmament; environmental concerns; Mideast politics; the New World Order; terrorism; the European Union; China; Japan; East Asia; South Asia; Russia; Canada, Central and South America; AIDS; Homeland Security; the Department of Defense; the State Department; covert operations; the war on drugs; Columbia; Israel and Palestine; anti-globalization activism/resistance; Eastern European struggles; labor issues; arms trading; North-South Korea; the International Criminal Court; the Kyoto Protocol. Etc.
Especially welcome are articles that attend to how the underlying (racial, national, etc.) ideologies driving American foreign policy connect seemingly disparate areas/issues/policy decisions.
2. histories of African American discourse/political activism on American foreign policy;
3. analyses of the impact of foreign policy decisions on African American communities;
4. analyses of the activities and positions of African American organizations (e.g, NAACP, SCLC, Congressional Black Caucus, Black Radical Congress, etc.) and politicians with regard to American foreign policy;
5. critiques addressing specific issue areas and their relation to African American life, politics, cultural production, etc.
6. analysis of African American grassroots organizing on foreign policy concerns.
Writers should think through the ways race and racism (intersected with the politics of gender, sexuality, and class) underlie, drive and determine American foreign policy. They should also keep in mind several key questions (which are by no means exhaustive):
is there or could there be such a thing as a "black" foreign policy perspective?
in what ways should the conduct of foreign policy be of concern to black communities?
what impact do the day-to-day struggles most African Americans face have on the development within black communities of sustained and coherent engagement with foreign policy?
how have black communities been marginalized with regard to the development of foreign policy?
what have been the costs of marginalizing black participation in shaping foreign policy?
what have been/are the trade-offs between black communities' focus on domestic concerns and focus on foreign policy?
Please email a brief abstract/proposal (NOT as an attachment), along with a brief cv and contact information (due by November 1, 2003), via email.
Completed papers are due (must be postmarked by) February 1, 2004. Send hard copy (along with disk, Microsoft Word or Word Perfect) to:
Dr. Alycee J. Lane
1531 Carmona Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
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