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Open Cultural Studies: Special Issue: Contemporary African and Black Diasporic Spaces in Europe

Deadline: 28 Feb 2018

Guest Editors: Anna Rastas and Kaarina Nikunen (University of Tampere)

This special issue explores the social and cultural spaces in which identifications with African and black diaspora(s) become articulated, (re)negotiated and established as a field of collective agency with transformative power in European societies. As demonstrated by the over 130 papers presented at the 6th Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe conference (Tampere 6-8, July 2017), African diaspora communities and cultures in Europe are constructed not only by individuals' engagements with Africa and its global diaspora, or mediatized and commercialized notions of Africanness/blackness, but also through collective agency aiming at promoting change in European societies shadowed by the normative whiteness, nationalist discourses and policies, human rights violations and overt racism.

The fields of African/black diasporic agency and cultural expressions include, for example, arts (e.g. literature, music and dance, visual arts, theater), various media spaces (especially social media and diasporic on-line communities), museums and other cultural heritage institutions, youth cultures, and national and transnational political movements.

The focus in this special issue is on the diversity within and between African/black diaspora spaces in Europe. We welcome contributions that go beyond descriptions of local diaspora communities by acknowledging the global circulation of the signifiers of African and black diaspora cultures, and the meanings of the transnational connections for local diaspora communities. We are also interested in analyses of how the tensions and power relations between and within different African and black diaspora communities and cultures (e.g. the old and the new, or those based on generational differences) are articulated and reflected in the African/black diaspora subjects' agency.

We ask you to first submit a short bio note (max. 200 words) and an abstract (max. 300 words, in one paragraph) to both of the Guest Editors. The abstract should summarize briefly the topic, the research approach and the main findings. We will contact all authors who have sent their abstract by the end of March 2018, and send detailed instructions for online submission of full articles.

The deadline for submitting full articles is 1 August 2018. The final manuscripts should be between 5000 and 8000 words, including abstract and Works Cited. The articles accepted for publication will be published in 2019. There are no Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.

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Last updated: 28 Nov 2017



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