We seek contributions to a volume of essays that presents historical and theoretical perspectives on the work of cultural theorist Paul Gilroy. The collection we have in mind will serve those long familiar with Gilroy’s work and simultaneously offer points of entry into the entire range of his work for a new generation of scholars and readers. Work on this edited collection is underway and we are interested in a limited number of additional essays from scholars who can draw upon a project that links up directly with the aims of the collection and brings fresh insights to bear on Gilroy’s corpus.
Fifteen years have elapsed since the publication of Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, a work that re-opened the archives of New World slavery and post-slavery and countered available understandings of modernity through a focus on “race,” transnational intellectuals, and music. Gilroy’s projects after The Black Atlantic have expanded upon his earlier theorizations of the complex networks of cultural and intellectual exchange he sees at work across black diasporic communities. The post-Black Atlantic corpus, as it were, is significant for many reasons, including the more explicit connection to the writings of Frantz Fanon, the intellectual genealogy of “human rights” it identifies and seeks to expand, and its reexamination of metropolitan cultures in which long-standing patterns of race hierarchy have mutated yet continue to figure in ongoing postcolonial predicaments and everyday encounters. The collection addresses the entire trajectory of Gilroy’s work through historical perspectives and theoretical interventions.
Please submit abstracts of no longer than one page, along with name, affiliation, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5, 2010.
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Chapel Hill, NC 27599 Email: email@example.com
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