Mobility is a central feature of African societies, creating supra-regional social, political and economic connections and new transnational spaces. The latter also extend beyond the continent, by way of migration of Africans to Europe, North America or elsewhere, the constitution of Diaspora communities and various modes of integration of Africans into the world economy 'from below'. The workshop addresses the political and cultural dimensions of these migratory links with regard to issues of citizenship, ethnicity, religiosity, and aspects of socioeconomic change in the home and host societies.
The workshop consists of two sub-sessions.
1. African migration to Europe: enhancing transnational spaces
- Migration of Africans to Europe, including flight, refuge; barriers or modes of integration/disintegration
- Europeans' perception and acceptance/rejection of African newcomers in every-day practice of communication
- Factors promoting or preventing immigrants' adaptation in Europe (educational and professional background, language skills, family status, laws and policy)
- Communication with home regions, African Diasporas as network communities within host societies, Diaspora churches
2. Migration, social mobility and moralities
- Issues of spatial and social mobility inside Africa
- Aspects of social change induced by migration, its moral evaluation in various societies
- 'Neotraditionalism', the revival of Africans' interest in 'authenticity', 'truly African' religion, lifestyle) as a reaction to new realities
- Africans' visions of the West and globalisation as catalysts of changes in their own societies
Presenters are requested to send an extended abstract two weeks prior to the conference.
Tilo Grätz (University of Leipzig) email@example.com
Dmitri Bondarenko (Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences) firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Skalník (University of Pardubice; University of Wroclaw) email@example.com
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