Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century – May 15 event in Oxford

 Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century   May 15 event in Oxford

Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

Week 3: 15th May, 12.45 – 2pm:

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Book launch: Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite by Terri Ochiagha.

Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe V Conference in Münster

afroeu home Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe V Conference in Münster

The English Seminar and the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies are proud to host the fifth African European Studies conference, which is being held in Münster for the first time (16-19 September 2015).  An interdisciplinary conference with papers covering literature, history, music, theatre, art, translation, politics, immigration, youth culture and European policies, Afroeuropeans V brings together scholars, critics, activists and artists to debate and discuss these issues. With contributions envisaged from across Europe, Africa and Asia, and the Americas, the conference will enhance the field of African European Studies as well as lead the way towards a new awareness of the essential contributions of Europe’s black populations in all fields.

Call for papers and panels

African European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa and Europe. This fifth biennial conference aims to provide perspectives on specific strands of this diverse and vibrant field, including both established and emerging research areas of a trans- and multidisciplinary nature. Recognising that African European Studies cannot be confined to textual representations, we encourage submissions on a wide range of topics from several disciplinary backgrounds. This encompasses disciplines dealing with various forms of cultural representation (incl. literature, the visual arts, museums, music, new media, and performance) and those dealing with social practice (religious studies, sports, history, anthropology, sociology, politics, marketing, and management studies). In addition to academics, artists, and activists, we welcome authors, social workers, journalists, and anyone else with a specific interest in the field. We encourage submissions exploring the topics suggested below, including their cross-generic and transmedial aspects:

o Racism(s) and austerity: comparative approaches across Europe
o Colonial remains and historical interaction between Africa and Europe
o Comparative diaspora studies: African Caribbeans, African Europeans, African Americans
o Resistance and resistive practices
o Growing up African European: e.g. youth culture; adoption; children’s literature
o Education: Primary, secondary, tertiary
o African European book studies: translation, publication, reception
o Digital displacement and virtual communities
o ‘Remember the ship in citizenship’ (John Agard): visions and crises of multicultures
o Border control: refugees, migrants, visitors
o Faith and religious practice: basis for stigmatization and community formation
o Gender and queer lifestyles: activism and marginalization
o Behind the headlines: health, development, aid
o Black European urban and rural spaces

Submissions that do not directly deal with the aforementioned topics will also be considered. Presentations are not restricted to written academic texts; they can also include performances, readings, panel discussions, and workshops. Individual contributions should extend to no more than twenty minutes and can be held in English, Spanish, French, or German. We require an abstract of 300 words in English.

Abstracts for ‘Afroeuropeans V’ can be submitted no later than 8 March 2015. Complete paper sessions comprising three papers and other formats, such as roundtables, are also welcome. The academic committee will reply to all submissions no later than 15 April 2015. A full programme is going to be published by 31 July 2015. A selection of papers will be published after the conference.

‘Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe’ is an international research and development
group funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The group is holding its fifth
international conference, this time at the University of Münster, Germany: <ptts.wwu.de>.
Contact: Professor Mark Stein AfroEuropeans2015@gmail.com

The Collegium for African American Research conference, Liverpool – Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities

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Liverpool is home to one of the oldest and largest Black British communities. The city itself has a chequered history as Britain’s largest slave port with a legacy of conflicted race relations. As one of the most important port cities of the Atlantic world, Liverpool grew financially rich on the proceeds. The city has also been enriched culturally through the role it has played in forming and framing black communities throughout the diaspora. Liverpool has itself been shaped by the cultures of this diaspora. The city’s rich musical culture (formed in part from African American roots) and vernacular energy give a unique and dynamic quality to discussions about cultural creativity. Its rich heritage, together with the vibrancy and malleability of Liverpool, have led CAAR to hold its 11th biannual conference on “Mobilising Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities” at Liverpool Hope University.

Our conference recognises the importance of memory and memorialisation. We want to encourage papers about memory that see it as an active, ideological and often political process which communities and individual black subjects have used as a mobilising tool to counter hegemonic ideas and societal hierarchies in all areas of the African Atlantic and beyond. Papers can be about the physical action of mobility, addressing the long history of travel narratives in African Atlantic culture—including those where the experience is that of being “always elsewhere” (D’Aguiar)—or it can take mobilising as being more politically attuned and related to the way memory is used as a tool for changing consciousness and for creating homespace in the diaspora. The memory of slavery in the host city of Liverpool is so all-pervasive that its very bricks and mortar were said to be steeped in the blood of the trade. Activists both in the city and beyond have counteracted amnesia by mobilising culturally and politically against such wilful forgetting. The conference comes on the 50th Anniversary of Malcolm X’s final visit to Britain; his intervention in domestic and international racial politics during that sojourn is an exemplar of the local and global implications of memories of black presence creating new transnational realities in the face of global oppression.


CAAR Conference 2015
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
L16 9JD
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Registration and Accommodation

Registration is now open via the online store. Please ensure that you register under the correct category. Some categories are password protected; if you are a student and need a password and have not received one by 5pm today please email caar2015@hope.ac.uk with some proof that you are a student to request one.

In the registration process you will be able to reserve your on-campus accommodation, add on extras, and state any other additional requirements. If you wish to stay off-campus, please see the Visit Liverpool website for other accommodation. Two local off-campus hotels include the Childwall Abbey and the Penny Lane Hotel, both are walking distance to the conference.

General Registration: for all presenting and non-presenting delegates who are not students. Not password protected.

Student – not presenting: for all students who are not presenting a paper. Password protected, email us with some proof of you being a student to receive the password.

Student – presenting: for all students who are presenting a paper. Password protected, if you haven’t yet received a password please email us.

Hope post grads: for all Hope post grads. Password protected, email  us with proof you are a Hope student for a password.

Day rates: for all who are not attending the full conference. Not password protected.

About CAAR

The Collegium of African American Research (CAAR) was founded at the University of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 1992 and incorporated at the University of Rome later that year. From its inception it has worked to stimulate research in African American Studies in Europe and beyond. CAAR promotes intellectual collaboration through the creation of an international and interdisciplinary research and teaching network. CAAR organizes bi-annual conferences, sponsors local symposia, helps to create research networks, and supports publications, most prominently its FORECAAST Series (Forum for European Contributions in African American Studies).

The first volume of the FORECAAST series was issued by Lit Verlag in 1999, and for its twentieth volume, the series moved to the University of Liverpool Press. Begun as an occasional publication of monographs and themed, selected conference papers, the Series has always sought to highlight the best recent scholarship in the field. In 2013, FORECAAST became an annual publication of CAAR, reflecting the growth of the organisation and the richness of the scholarship produced by its members.

CAAR is a financially independent, international organization of African-American and Black Diaspora scholars from over 25 countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, China, several African countries and all European countries. Members come from a range of disciplines including literature, history, cultural studies, film studies, social sciences, as well as from queer studies and gender studies.

The membership is made up equally of professors, students, and individual researchers and activists outside the academy. Due to the location of the current presidency, CAAR activities are primarily run out of University of Bremen.


Akila Richards and Ink On My Lips

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Akila Richards is a writer and spoken word artist of German and Liberian ancestry. Akila immigrated to the UK in 1984 and performed in theatre, collaboratively and solo in the UK.

Akila has been published in three anthologies with her short story ‘Eleven Years’ by Penguin in The Map Of Me in 2008, her poem ‘Red Saviour’ in RED by Peepal Tree in 2010 and in Ink On My Lips in 2013.

She works professionally in the creative and cultural sector.

2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories -28 thru 31 May in Florence

 2015 Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re Staging Histories  28 thru 31 May in Florence

The conference and exhibition will offer comparative perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. It will be held in Florence, Italy, in May 28-31, 2015—as a sequel to five conferences held over the past six years. The most recent conference in the series was held in Paris, France in January 2013, where it attracted over 400 attendees. As on those occasions, the sixth conference will bring together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices, including art history, fashion, dance, theater, and studio art, in wide-ranging conversations about imaging the black body. In this context, “Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories,” explores the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of self-representation and desire, and the exchange of the gaze from the 19th century to the present day in fashion, film, art, and the archives.

In conjunction with the conference, the exhibition, ReSignifications, curated by New York University Professor Awam Amkpa, will be open May 29th to August 29th 2015. The exhibition is an inter-artistic re-staging of European 17-19th century objects of decorative arts loosely termed ‘Blackamoors’, through works that foreground African and African Diasporic bodies as heterogeneous subjects of history and culture. It includes the blackamoors alongside contemporary re-stagings of black African bodies as subjects of varieties of contemporary art by artists working in Europe, Africa and the Americas. ‘ReSignifications’ brings together these artists in a critical dialogue with artifacts that objectify black bodies, as well as those that portray black subjectivity. The exhibition will intersect with the conference papers in order to enhance the discussion among scholars, visual and performing artists, writers, historians, arts administrators, curators, legal scholars, students and the general public.

Registration is open on Eventbrite.