The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) announce the Call for Papers on Diaspora and Migration: Rethinking African Development in the 21st Century.
The 20th century witnessed the large-scale displacement and dispersal of populations across the world as a result of major political upheavals, among them the two European wars, decolonization and the Cold war. Following on these, globalization, spurred by free trade and increased mobility of capital, and new technologies of communication, information, and travel, has accelerated the movement of people, commodities, ideas, and cultures across the world. Diaspora is regarded not as a singular phenomenon but as historically varied dynamic and heterogeneous. While transnational mobility of people may be the result of forced or voluntary migration, of self-exile or expulsion and refugees, people in transit, and are the products of wars, ethnic conflicts and natural calamities.
Under the generalized rubric of diaspora and migration, the Editors seek submissions that explore the intersection between diaspora, migration and the discourse of development in Africa in the 21st century. Over the last four decades, the number of worldwide international migrants has almost doubled, from 76 million to 150 million. As migration increased, flows in the form of personal and collective remittances, investments, information and knowledge, tourism and trade have continued to grow at unprecedented rates. Increasingly, multilateral agencies, the World Bank, the IMF and national governments have focused on the nexus between ‘migration and development’ as a major development policy issue. While the focus of macro-economic impact of migration is designed to facilitate and channel remittances into formal channels of development, other dimensions of policy have not been adequately addressed such as ‘brain drain’, increasing social and economic inequality, support for warring parties in the origin-country, the role of transnational institutions as well as the particularities of postcolonial African states. We encourage contributions that interrogate the full dimension of diaspora and migration and their relationship to African development, the discourse of ‘diaspora engagement’, new models of citizenship and transnationalism in the histories of contemporary African migrations within Africa and beyond, the affective dimensions of migration and diaspora (homesickness, memory, nostalgia, melancholy) and the ways in which these ideas permeate African development in the 21 century.
Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word abstract by October 31, 2011. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English) by April 30, 2012.
All communication regarding the special edition should be directed to Dr. Fassil Demissie (Department of Public Policy), by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) is devoted to a critical and engaging 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, political, social and cultural. The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political set in motion by the nation-state and provides a counter-narrative of subject positions regarding resistance, negotiation and creativity by African descendant populations.
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