CFP Africans in Europe in the 20th Century (deadline: 31 August 2009)

Hat tip: Zola Mumford

Africans in Europe in the long twentieth century: Transnationalism, translation and transfer University of Liverpool, 30-31 October 2009

The past few years have seen a flowering of historical research on Africans in Europe and the growth of new networks of scholarship on the subject. Most of this work acknowledges that as colonial or ex-colonial subjects, as migrants, and as members of a global population for whom a common identity and fate were increasingly claimed in terms of diaspora, Africans often moved from one mono- or plurilingual context/contact zone into another. This could be the result of physical relocations, of a transfer of administrative jurisdiction over them from one colonial power to another (as after 1918), or indeed of participation in transnational literary and political networks. But much current research remains limited to particular national metropolitan contexts, their languages and institutions, with the themes of transnationalism and translation addressed largely through triangulations between Africa, Black America and the respective country of ‘settlement’. The purpose of this conference is to bring together new research and provoke discussion around those moments where Africans found themselves at the interface between European cultures, asking about the implications for subjectivity and everyday life as well as for literary and political practice of having to deal with and through different languages and cultural practices. We invite contributions that address experiences in any (or indeed all) European territories, and particularly welcome empirically-grounded case studies which address the problems of methodology and interpretation raised by the project of studying transnational lives. Possible topics might include:

• Africans as language teachers and language learners – formal and informal institutions

• Visual culture: self-presentations

• Multilingual families and generational power

• Communication, power and identity in international organisations and networks

• International milieus within national borders (seamen’s bars and Black neighbourhoods)

• Languages of the shop floor

We anticipate that the conference papers will be published.

Please send abstracts by 31 August 2009 to Eve Rosenhaft, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool.

Ghana Investment Expo in London

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London, UK – The Ghana Black Star Network presents the 2nd Annual Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition on Saturday 19th September 2009 at the Bernie Grants Art Centre, Tottenham, London.

Due to popular demand and a successful launch in 2008; the Ghana Black Stars Network are presenting the 2nd Annual Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition on Saturday 19th September 2009 at the Berne Grants Art Centre, Tottenham, London.

After a peaceful political transition; Oil on its way, growing exports, Gas in the pipelines, Obama’s visit and Sun City heading South…Ghana has to be the next stop for investors, entrepreneurs or anybody who is looking to relocate.

With a strong cedi against the dollar, interest rates going down, a thriving economy, a growing middle class and a pool of opportunities for the business minded, Ghana is on the international platform growing from the seeds that have been sown.

With all industries from Construction to Agriculture to any service industry open for all; The Ghana Business & Investment Exhibition will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from key industry professionals on Ghana’s development and opportunities. The event is also a chance for business minded individuals to network and share ideas on doing business in Ghana.

This year’s event is in partnership with the Ghana High Commission UK and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. Media partners include: African Business magazine, New African magazine, Trumpet newspaper, African Caribbean Business Network, Find-A-Job in Africa, Re-Connect Africa, African Voice newspaper and BEN TV.

To contact us and find out more information about the event or GBSN please contact:
Nadia Mensah
nadia@thegbsn.com
0788 6411 661

Your Chance to Help Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Hat tip: Angela Shaw

Dear friends,

YOUR CHANCE to help stop FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION:

Background: On May 26-27, the German Parliament discussed legislation codifying female genital mutilation (specifically) as a crime in Germany. The new law would facilitate the application of justice within the nation and also permit punishment if FGM is committed outside German borders. The European Union has been urging that all European national laws conform to efforts at EU level to strengthen the hand of justice and protect girls from harm.

The Free Democratic Party and the Green Party drafted a bill that was publicly discussed in the Ministry of Justice where, regrettably, the major coalition parties, SPD and CDU, opposed it.

Please join us in protest. The Inter-African Committee is fighting for the passage of legislation in all concerned African nations. Following their lead, many European nations are doing the same.

Send an email today stating that you support the draft legislation 16/12910 making Female Genital Mutilation a crime in Germany and facilitating its punishment if committed abroad to the
° JUSTICE department caucus (rechtsausschuss@bundestag.de),
° Caucus for WOMEN, YOUTH, SENIORS and FAMILY (familienausschuss@bundestag.de,
° Caucus at the MINISTRY OF HEALTH (geheitsausschuss@bundestag.de) and
° Ministry of HUMAN RIGHTS (menschenrechtsausschuss@bundestag.de).
Please cc VORSTAND@Forward-deutschland.de

THANK YOU!

UPDATE: Yvette Jarvis is working on this issue with the Greek Government

Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora (ICI)

*Inaugural 2009 Manuscript Competition*

Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora (ICI), a new initiative devoted to critical thinking and writing about the African Diaspora and the pursuit of a cross-generational dialogue on issues related to it (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ICI/), is pleased to announce our inaugural 2009 competition for the two best unpublished, single-authored manuscripts or manuscripts of linked essays. The winners of the two prizes-he Anna Julia Cooper Prize in the Humanities and the Ida B. Wells Prize in the Social Sciences-will each receive $3,000 and the option for a book contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Each manuscript must be written by an untenured professor on the general topic of the global African Diaspora and produced in any field of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Manuscripts will be read and closely evaluated by senior professors in the relevant fields, and the winners announced each spring. In the fall, an annual symposium will be convened at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. during which winners and finalists will present seminars on their topics.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

African, African-American or African-Canadian studies
Anthropology
Atlantic African slave trade
Black European studies
Black popular culture
Caribbean studies
Cinema and film studies
Economics
Education
Ethics
Latin-American studies
Media
Philosophy
Religion
War and peace

All submissions must be emailed to ici@vanderbilt.edu, June 1 – 30, 2009, with the subject line “Submission.” Do NOT send full manuscripts at this time. Please include the following:

-cover letter
-CV
-proposal with a prospectus and book outline

Candidates will be notified by July 15 if they are invited to submit a full manuscript. All submissions must be exclusive submissions to ICI for the duration of the contest.

For information contact:

Hortense J. Spillers, executive director
Brenna Hansen, program coordinator
Vanderbilt University
Station B # 351654
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
ici@vanderbilt.edu
615-322-3421
www.vanderbilt.edu/ICI

1st African Diaspora and Continental Women in Leadership Conference

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This Conference is organised by INGO Third Sector Resource USA, in collaboration with the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus as part of the international Women’s Week Celebrations

Dates:

April 28th – 30th 2009
Venue:

Georgia World Congress Centre
285 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30313

Theme:

Towards meaningful Global Partnership and Dialogue

Brief

Meaningful and sustained dialogue and partnership between women in positions of leadership in the African Diaspora and those of contemporary continental Africa has been either completely ignored or not engaged in a sustained fashion. Another reason for the disconnection between Diaspora and Continental women could also be derived from the fact that for African women living in the West, our sense of identity is already complex and our dislocation from Africa and relocation in the West makes for an overlapping of already complex African/ diasporic identities whereas in the instance of Continental women, these issues may exist in other forms. Historical differences these have also contributed in keeping the two from collaborating for change.

Bringing these streams together for any meaningful engagement that produces results is challenging but must be done and there no better time than now particularly as a number of women are breaking through the so called glass ceiling both in the West and in Africa, the majority of whom attribute their success to factors such as access to education and work opportunities, mentoring by both men and women as well as support from family, employers, supervisors, teachers and colleagues. This conference will demonstrate the role of women as agents for sustainable transformation that cuts across all areas.

Who should attend?

Women leaders working at the grassroots, at community levels, in Private and Public Sectors, Third Sector bodies (Faith based Organisations, NGOs, Quangos, Charitable concerns and Non profit etc).

Invited Guests

Include Michelle Obama, First lady USA, President Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MD World Bank), Prof. Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke (DG Nigerian Stock Exchange), Condoleezza Rice former US Secretary of State, Sandra Finley, President and CEO, League of Black Women, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro Deputy Secretary-General, Orprah Winfrey, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, First Ladies of various nations and States among others.

Topics to be discussed

• Goals Number 1, 3, 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for a full listing, please visit www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml

• Strategic leadership (tailored for women)

• Avenues of Wealth Creation for the 21st Century Woman of colour

• Women leaders and Peace advocacy (creating an effective lobbying group)

• Gender Gap in Education

• Inequality in economic structures and policies, in all forms of productive activities and in access to resources

• Exchange of ideas and experiences (interactive Forum)

The 1st African Diaspora and Continental Women in Leadership conference – Atlanta Georgia will lay the foundation for the coming together of African Diaspora women and those of the Continent to accelerate the pace of partnership and dialogue towards poverty alleviation and eradication where possible, and impacting positively the quality of life for each other, our communities, families and the globe at large.

Contact Persons

Eula Clarke
Email: unique118@tiscali.co.uk
Cell Phone: +44 (0) 8453 312 726

H. RES. ll Recognizing persons of African descent in Europe

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. HASTINGS of Florida submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on RESOLUTION Recognizing persons of African descent in Europe. Whereas the 109th Congress passed H. Con. Res. 60 and S. Con. Res. 90, recognizing African descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, raising awareness of the racism and discrimination faced by those communities, and leading to numerous public and private sector initiatives between the United States and Latin American and Caribbean countries to improve the situation of African descendants; Whereas the persistence of racism and discrimination in Eu-rope similarly necessitates congressional action to raise awareness and promote public and private sector initiatives to stem this trend;

Whereas the terms Afro-European, African European, or Black European refers to people of African ancestry or descent born in, citizens of, or living in Europe; Whereas more than an estimated 7,000,000 individuals of African descent currently live in and have long had a presence in Europe, forming an influential part of the African diaspora; Whereas the story of Black Europeans remains untold, rendering many of their past and present contributions to the political and social life of Europe invisible or forgotten; Whereas, unlike more contemporary figures, largely unknown Blacks have made significant contributions to European history and culture, including Spanish poet Juan Latino, Italian Duke Alessandro Medici, French novelist Alexandre Dumas, German scholar Anthony William Amo, French Composer Le Chevalier de St. George, British abolitionist Oladuah Equiano, and Russian General and Governor Abram Hannibal, great-grandfather of Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin; Whereas the largest estimated populations of Black Europeans can be found in France (approximately 2,500,000), the United Kingdom (approximately 1,500,000), and the Netherlands (approximately 500,000), in addition to size-able populations in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and Austria; Whereas the presence of Blacks in Europe can be traced to voluntary and forced migration resulting from the geographical proximity of Europe to Africa and the Middle East, including the transatlantic slave trade,

the colonization of Africa and the Caribbean, African and African-American military deployments, the movement of refugees and asylum seekers, and educational and other professional exchanges; Whereas, although Black Europeans have made significant achievements in and contributions to European society, large numbers have and continue to be more likely than the general population to experience discrimination and be underrepresented in leadership roles in the public and private sector as a result of the color of their skin and ancestry; Whereas, on April 29, 2008, before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, at a hearing entitled The State of (In)visible Black Europe: Race, Rights, and Politics, Dr. Philomena Essed stated, Probably the only common European experience among many, if not all, Afro-descendants is their exposure to […] racism and systemic discrimination, regardless of country, socioeconomic conditions, gender, age, or level of education; Whereas racism has long been, and continues to be, a problem in Europe; Whereas the 1997 European Commission opinion poll entitled Racism and Xenophobia in Europe reported a worrying level of racism and xenophobia in [European Union] Member States, with nearly 33% of those interviewed openly describing themselves as quite racist or very racist; Whereas the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (EUFRA), formerly the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia, found in its 2008 and

2007 annual reports that racial and ethnic minorities were disproportionately experiencing discrimination in housing, education, healthcare, employment, the criminal justice system, and access to political participation; Whereas the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights reported that racist violence and crime or hate crimes are also a continuing problem, with EUFRA reporting increases in 8 European Union countries, and Russia’s SOVA Center and Human Rights First reporting over 100 racist murders and 100 violent attacks in Russia and Ukraine in 2007 and 2008, yet in many countries funds to assist victims with legal assistance and financial support while recovering from violent attacks do not exist; Whereas prejudice and discrimination towards Black Europeans has also been linked to changes in immigration and asylum laws as a result of the growth and mainstreaming of nationalist and anti-immigrant political parties and groups, including neo-Nazis and skinheads, who believe Europe should be a monoracial society or that other races are inferior; Whereas Black Europeans encounter everyday racism, including denials that racism exists despite the blatant use of stereotypes and derogatory terms to refer to Blacks in everyday language, the media, and textbooks; Whereas there have been numerous efforts by the public and private sector to address racial discrimination and in-equality in Europe, including the introduction of anti-discrimination and equality laws that include the legal support for special measures or positive (affirmative) action, creation of equality bodies, media campaigns, efforts to increase minority political participation, and the September 9, 2008, official launching of the Black European Women’s Council at the European Union headquarters;

Whereas these efforts also include the September 27-29, 2007 Vienna Declaration of the Black European Women’s Congress, which calls for Members of the European Union to enforce and implement laws to eradicate all forms of discrimination, provide anti-racist education and training for personnel working in educational institutions and the civil service, increase political representation, participation, and employment opportunities for Blacks, and provide mental health services for Blacks impacted by racism; Whereas, despite these efforts, international entities, such as the OSCE Personal Representative on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, EUFRA, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, and Experts Working Group on People of African Descent, have documented ongoing racism and xenophobia, and racial and ethnic discrimination, and called for an increase in initiatives to combat racism and inequality; and Whereas, throughout the history of the United States, members of both the public and private sectors have ex-changed information on best practices for anti discrimination measures and racial equality with committed parties in other countries, including recent initiatives such as the Joint Action Plan Between the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Government of the United States of America to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality, also known as VerDate 0ct 09 2002 09:46 Sep 23, 2008

the United States-Brazil Joint Action Plan Against Racial Discrimination: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives 1(1) encourages the United States and the international community to recognize and honor the his-3torical and present-day contributions of Black Europeans; 5(2) recognizes that, as a result of their skin 6color and ancestry, many Black Europeans have 7wrongfully experienced injustices in the public and 8private sector; 9(3) calls upon European parliamentarians, in-10cluding the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, to 12 engage in efforts to promote racial equality and 13combat racial discrimination through efforts such as 14introducing legislation, speaking out in their par-15liaments against racism, and working with Black 16European and other minority communities to 17 develop relevant policies; 18(4) urges European governments and members 19of civil society and the private sector, in consultation 20 with Black European communities, to develop and 21 implement initiatives to combat racial discrimination 22 and promote racial equality in Europe,

by 7(A) drafting and implementing anti-1discrimination, special measures, hate crimes, 2,migration and integration, and other laws and 3 policies to address discrimination and 4 disparities and promote equality, noting the 5 recommendations of the United Nations 6 Committee on the Elimination of Racial 7 Discrimination, the Experts Working Group on People of 8 African Descent (WGPAD), the European 9 Commission against Racism and Intolerance, 10 the European Union Fundamental Rights 11 Agency (EUFRA), the United Nations Special 12 Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism 13 and Independent Expert on minority issues, the 14 OSCE Personal Representative on Combating 15 Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, and 16 the Black European Women’s Council; 17(B) promoting and funding research, 18 including the collection of national census data on 19 Black Europeans and their inclusion in the 20 annual reports of the EUFRA; 21(C) providing technical support, training, 22 and funding to Black European civil society 23 groups working to combat racism, discrimination, and inequality, and uphold basic 1 human rights in Europe; 2(D) introducing national measures to 3counter stereotypical images of persons of African descent, by revising textbooks, increasing 5efforts to include Black Europeans in history 6and heritage institutions, and commemorating victims of colonialism, slavery and other atroc-8ities; 9(E) developing or increasing financial 10 support for funds to assist victims of hate crimes with legal assistance and compensation when 12 incapacitated due to physical or emotional injuries;

14(F) developing specific initiatives that ad-15dress the special concerns of Black European 16women and youth; and 17(G) recruiting, training, and hiring Black 18 Europeans for professional positions in support 19 of these initiatives; and 20(5) urges the Secretary of State to 21(A) provide technical assistance and other 22 support for European governments and members of the civil society and private sector to 24 fulfill the initiatives outlined above; and 9(B) increase support for the WGPAD.

A Look At Veye Tatah – A Plenary Moderator At The 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna

Veye Tatah
Veye Tatah

 

Veye Tatah was a plenary moderator at the 1st Black European Women’s Congress in Vienna. She is a computer scientist, journalist and a co editor and chief of the Africa Positive magazine printed in Germany.

Africa Positive is a German language magazine with a positive angle on the African continent. The project was founded by Veye Tatah when she became tired of people only relating to war and famine when talking about Africa. The magazine has existed since 1999 and covers politics, culture, sport, tourism, fashion and music.