"Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast"
THE UPPER GUINEA COAST IN TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany, 9 – 11 December 2010
Organisers: Jacqueline Knoerr and Christoph Kohl
Whereas in our previous conferences we concentrated mainly on the comparative exploration of processes of integration and conflict within the region of the Upper Guinea Coast (Halle, 2006) and on the region's role in the "Making of the Atlantic" (Lisbon, 2008), the upcoming conference shall focus on the region’s connectedness with all societies – irrespective of regional concerns – which are linked with it as the result of the expansion of colonialism and the Atlantic slave trade, processes which are, of course, interconnected in manifold ways. Luso-creole identity, for example, constituted an early "travelling model" that spread across continents and the understanding of which would benefit from comparative research not restricting itself to criteria of mainly regional concern, but including societies, which are interconnected with the Upper Guinea Coast through historical and contemporary processes of interaction – involving people and ideas as well as social practices and ideological models. Thus, we aim to investigate the external encounters and exchanges the societies of the Upper Guinea Coast were and are part of and which have shaped their social configuration and have generated – and continue to generate – specific (new) identities and alliances. By paying particular regard to the transnational dimension, we aim to deepen our understanding of the involvement of the Upper Guinea Coast in contemporary processes of regional and global interaction and exchange. The presence of Upper Guinea Coast alumni in different diasporas and the latter's interactions with their "home" societies and the role of creole identities and "Eurafrican" groups (Brooks 2003) in interethnic relations, in the construction of transethnic identifications, in processes of ethnic and religious differentiation and postcolonial nation-building will be just two of the important issues we want to discuss. We welcome papers dealing with any matter related to the conference's theme.
Travel expenses will be refunded for invited speakers who are expected to hand in their paper for publication within three months after the end of the conference. In addition to those invited to present a paper we will be able to welcome some additional participants upon request, who may attend the conference on their own account. Please send an abstract of your proposed paper (200-300 words) to Jacqueline Knoerr (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) before 1 June 2010.
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