February 27, 2015
Table of Contents:

CFP SPECIAL ISSUE of South Atlantic Review:


Submission Guidelines: https://samla.memberclicks.net/sar


Black Transnationalism and the Discourse(s) of Cultural Hybridity


To be and exist as part of the African Diaspora is increasingly synonymous with cultural hybridity. One is simultaneously African/American, Black/British, African/Arab, Afro/Brazilian. The question of a national identity, when grappling with the varied stigmas of "blackness" is a vexed one; indeed, African ancestry can weave an even more tangled web around hybridity and patriotic allegiances when the site of the metropole becomes fluid and diverse. "Striving to be both European and African," for instance, "requires some specific forms of double consciousness," Paul Gilroy asserts in the opening lines of The Black Atlantic. Gilroy further describes the challenge of negotiating multiple identities, particularly when "occupying the space between them or trying to demonstrate their continuity." It is within the interstices of these seeming mutually exclusive terms that "African" and "European" acquire specialized meaning(s); but for Gilroy, as well as others, this intersectional encounter of cultural identities is a moment fraught with ambiguity, one that signals for some a "provocative and even oppositional act of political insubordination."


We are seeking essays for a special issue of South Atlantic Review that explore how critics, scholars, and authors organize, divide, and clarify such ambiguity when conveying black identity and experience from transnational perspectives. More specifically, we are interested in criticism that unravels how narratives of black transnationalism-ranging from literature, poetry, and autobiographical works to film, poplar media, and personal letters-unearth complex articulations of multivalent black ontologies. These essays should interrogate the fluidity with which the socio-conceptual terms "African" and "European" inform the racial and ideological boundaries that shape such expressions of black cultural hybridity. Forms of expressions that necessarily straddle the often unstable bifurcation of Western/European culture, African/Black experiences and the gray areas in between include, but are not limited to the following topics and themes: stories of (im)migration; the African American Great Migration novel; the discourse of displacement and deracination; defining race and nationhood; narratives of colonial dislocation or decentering; the Caribbean as transnational crossroad; Afro-Asiatic identities in the Pacific; stories of Black Diaspora communities; and other iterations of black transnational experiences.


The special issue on Black Transnationalism and the Discourses of Cultural Hybridity ultimately seeks to ponder and to offer cogent analyses of trans-migratory patterns of global citizens who self-identify as "black" and the materiality of said identities that are trafficked through, around, and across borders. In what ways do these narratives of black transnationalism function as "provocative" and/or "oppositional" forms of artistic and political expression? How does the literature of transnationalism vocalize divergent framings of blackness and insist upon their validation?


For consideration, please send a 250-500 word proposal and an abbreviated (2 page) CV to: Kameelah Martin (Kameelah.martin@outlook.com) by June 1, 2015. Completed essays in (MLA format) will be due on October 15, 2015.


AAI's Second Annual State of Education in Africa Conference

September 2, 2015
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Lagos, Nigeria

Innovative Approaches to Africa's Education

Join us for AAI's Second Annual State of Education in Africa conference at the Ford Foundation offices in Lagos, Nigeria. The conference will bring together educators and innovators from across Africa to evaluate the process of education at all levels and highlight cutting-edge approaches to bolstering educational outcomes in Africa.

The Second Annual State of Education in Africa will feature panels on:
  • Teacher Training: Equipping new educators with the tools they need for success
  • Global Best Practices in Education
  • Spotlight on higher education: What is the contribution of the African university in today's educational climate?
  • Early Childhood Education: Helping the most at-risk succeed
  • Reforming Science and Technology Education in Africa: Energizing and Unlocking Bright Minds for a Bright Future

Read More on the Featured Panels 

We Hope you'll join us in Lagos!


For more information, please contact: EVENT INFO:
The Africa-America Institute

phone: +1(212) 500-5953 x710


Brian McGinley, AAI Development & Strategy Officer

phone: +1(212) 949-5666



The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a U.S.-based organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa through education, training and dialogue. To learn more, please visit www.aaionline.org.  


CFP: Black Code Studies
The Black Scholar Special Issue on Digital Black Studies


Mark Anthony Neal, Professor, Duke University
Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

The editors of this special issue argue black studies, activism, and life online and off have reached a critical point of convergence. Technology has irrevocably changed the way artists, activists, scholars, and users rage against codes and binaries of race and tech. People of African descent around the world have appropriated digital and social media as tools for organizing, self-actualization, consciousness-raising, community building, and outright political revolt. At the same time, organizing strategies and intellectual production across digital media and platforms traffic in racializing assemblages rooted in both antiblackness and historic modes of black resistance-even among users who do not identify as "black."

Black Code Studies asks: How has that cold and scientific concreteness that was and is nineteenth-century race theory persisted? How do certain racial ideologies and narratives thrive-including twentieth-century narratives of blackness and whiteness as biopolitical binaries? To what extent have race codes and coding evolved? How do these changes interface with the work of race coders-digital activists, digital feminists, and digital black studies scholars-who continue to demand new pathways for safety and survival in the face of abject violence? What are the limits of 21st century digital black coding, even when rooted in resistance and affirming black life?

As a project, Black Code Studies draws attention to the permeability of the racial subject in an age of digital media and new technology. It highlights the importance of tying technology to a history of capitalist exploitation, global black insurgence, and Afrxdiasporic creative energy. Black Code Studies outlines a rich and rigorous set of priorities for the next future of black studies, highlighting prospects for the survival of black life well beyond the Internet.

We are seeking submissions on a variety of topics including but NOT limited to:
  • Online/Hashtag Activism
  • Black and Radical Womyn of Color Feminisms
  • #BlackLivesMatter
  • Games and Nerds of Color
  • Black Codes and Race Codes
  • Afrofuturism/Speculative Fiction
  • Digital Black Studies and Pedagogy
  • Radical Media
  • Reviews of Digital Projects/Media
  • Hacking Race
  • Technology and Art/Music
  • Independent x Mainstream Media
We are also seeking submissions in a variety of formats including but NOT limited to digital performance and performativity, social networking and social media, blogs and blog posts, Storifys, Twitterchats, archives, exhibits, and more.

250 word abstracts should be received by March 15, 2015. Completed submissions should be received by May 1, 2015. Submit all materials via email to blackcodestudies@gmail.com.

Direct questions and inquiries to:

Mark Anthony Neal, dr-yogi@att.com
Jessica Marie Johnson, jmj@msu.edu



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