The University of Maastricht Graduate School of Governance & Oxfam Novib are working to discover the financial services that African migrants in the EU need

The University of Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands is working with Oxfam Novib , the international poverty action initiative, on discovering the financial services that African migrants living in the European Union need access to. They are currently conducting a study that seeks to engage ten different African migrant communities across the EU.

The goal of the research is to suggest ways that financial services, particularly money transfer services, could be made easier and cheaper to access for Africans living in the EU. The study’s results will also be used to guide Oxfam Novib in fostering partnerships with African organizations in the EU and microcredit organizations in select African countries.

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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.

African week in the European Parliament

08.09.2008 – 11.09.2008
09:00 – 18:00

African week on the Intercultural Dialogue in the European Parliament

Link to program:

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
1047 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0)2 284 21 11
Fax: +32 (0)2 284 69 74

Link to the organizer:
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Registration required:
Thomas Dudrap
Phone: +32 (0)2 284 45 24

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
1047 Brussels

Location of event
The role of the African diaspora in development will be among the themes discussed during the African week to be held by the European Parliament.

Part of the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue (EYID), the week will feature both political and cultural events. EP President Hans-Gert P??ttering, Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongella and African Nobel Prize winners will speak at the closing session on Thursday. A round-table on the role of the African diaspora in development will be held by the Committee on Development and chaired by its President Josep Borrell (Wednesday 10, 18.45h).

A joint meeting of Members of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and Members of the ACP-EU Joint-parliamentary Assembly, together with Nigerian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Wole Soyinka, will close the African week (Thursday, 11.00h). EP President Hans-Gert P??ttering and PAP President Gertude Mongella will also take the floor.

The Malian photographer Malik Sidib?? will be the guest of honour for the African Week . The week will showcase the vitality of the contemporary arts in Africa. Events linked to current political developments in Africa are also planned.Large scale prints of the Malian photographer???s work will adorn the EP???s building and will be visible from the Place de Luxembourg from Friday 5 September.

Hans-Gert P??tterin, EP President; Gertrude Mongella, Pan-African Parliament President; Josep Borrell,President; Malik Sidib??, Malian photographer; Luisa Morgantini, Vice-President of the EP.

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