Family Dynamics in Transnational African Migration
Call for Papers Date:
The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal announce a Call for Papers for a special issue on Family Dynamics in Transnational Migration among African migrants.
The flotilla of dingy open boats bringing African migrants across the Atlantic Ocean to Spanish territories such as the Canary Islands, as well as to the Italian islands of Lampedusa, Sicily and Malta, symbolize the perilous journey of many postcolonial African migrants today. The recovery of bodies of migrants washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean or more recently on those of the Red Sea, and the countless men and women whose bodies never made it to safety, speak to a new encounter between Europe and Africa long informed slavery and colonialism.
Transnational migrants have received considerable attention in the last three decades as part of a wider scholarly concern to critically examine the complex phenomenon associated with the international circulation of capital, goods, people, and commodities. However, much of the literature about transnational migrants is devoid of concern related to the logics of their families, their constitution, everyday practices, dynamics and mobility in all their complexities, both in the country of origin and in the country of arrival. By focusing on transnational African migrants, the special issue explores the multiple tensions and conflicts that arise from gender roles and generational pressures as well as from movement, separation and reunion.
Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word abstract by March 31, 2008. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English)by July, 30, 2008.
The special issue will be guest edited by Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), Eva Evers Rosander, (Department of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden), Reinhilde König (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam).
All communication regarding the special edition should be directed to Dr. Marina de Regt (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam),by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editors will be happy to discuss individual questions.
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/national movements, locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African Diaspora in the
context of globalization as well as in different discourses, practices and political contexts. The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political shifts imposed by the nation-state to provide a counternarrative of subject positions of people of the African Diaspora, grounded in cultural and political responses.
Dr. Marina Deregt
International Institute of Social History
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