July 21, 2016 - Announcements
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Sub-Saharan African Migrations: Challenges, Failures, and Coping Strategies

We are seeking original chapters for a collection tentatively titled "Sub-Saharan African Migrations: Challenges, Failures, and Coping Strategies". While there are numerous examples of successful migration experiences, the aim of this collection is to explore the nature and frequency of the lack of success that too many sub-Saharan Africans encounter once they make the decision to emigrate. The amount of empirical research focusing on the link between migration and integration in the destination countries rose significantly in recent years. The variety of empirical methods that researchers employ is impressive, ranging from qualitative interviews to diverse questionnaire surveys with highly sophisticated statistical methods. However, apart from some isolated studies (Colomb & Ayats, 1962; Breuvart & Danvers, 1998; Chomentowski, 2010; Sfm, 2005, Thorsen, 2009; Zeleza, 2009), little is known about the lack of success in African migration dynamics.

Most studies on African migration report on the migration benefits, but leave out the social disappointment of migrants on economic, psychological, and political levels. We now know that the inability to achieve goals in a migration context can have different adverse impacts on individuals and the family group. Finally, structural racism in the countries of destination, in particular against African migrants, can significantly impede their professional, educational and personal development and have severe psychopathological impacts. The old "immigration culture" of Africans must be placed in the local and international contexts in which several factors overlap: social and economic disruption, conflicts of various kinds, dissatisfaction in conflict with aspirations towards new horizons that arise every day.

Possible topics might include:
  • Modern Diaspora out of Sub-Saharan Africa and into a specific region of the World and the problems that migrants encounter. These regions would include Europe, Asia, Middle East, all of the Americas --including the USA, Canada, and Latin America--where there is a growing population of Africans now choosing to immigrate directly to countries like Brazil and Argentina;
  • Internal migration within the continent of Africa;
  • Representations of migration failures in performance such as popular culture, movies, literature, art, and exhibitions;
  • Symbolic and emotional elements related to migrant lack of success as well as narratives and representations linked to the central topic;
  • Disillusionment with the migration effort and its related psychopathologies, mental health and trauma due to any number of factors like: structural, institutional and individual racism or other causes in the destination country";
  • Further consequences of the migrant experience in the form of linguistic isolation, lack of harmony or integration within the destination country;
  • The ways in which these elements are narrated, visualized and often politicized;
  • "The self-interested actions of politicians, pundits, and bureaucrats" (Massey, 2015);
  • Gender and Migration;
  • The Syrian effect on Sub-Saharan African migration;
  • The inter-linkages between African migrations, identity, citizenship and social inadequacy;
  • Papers that address possible solutions to any of the problems that appear above or that the author cares to address.
This list of suggestions is not restrictive, and we encourage likely participants to consider their own topics for a chapter.

Book description and Chapter Details:

The book will have two major sections: one descriptive and the other prescriptive. The first section will concentrate on the broad overview of the subjects tied together as one the greatest population movements out of Africa since the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. The second section suggests alternatives to what currently happens and provides a pro-active stance towards the problems that receive attention in Section One.

All chapters must be in English and should not have been published previously. Authors should follow the APSA guidelines for writing book chapters. Each final chapter will be between 6,000-7500 words, including references. Images with previous written authorizations and rights for publication are welcome. Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights of any images as well as research interviews that appear in the text. Editors will provide forms later including a contract upon acceptance of the manuscript. 

Interested scholars and practitioners of migration efforts should submit the following materials by July 30, 2016:
A) An abstract of no more than 300 words;
B) A biographical sketch of no more than two pages, including complete contact information;
C) An example of previously published work in the case of scholars or a sample of field work in the case of practitioners.


July 30, 2016: Send abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a short bio including contact details, and one example of previously published work in a relevant field. In the case of practitioners, an example of the field work will suffice.
October 20, 2016: Acceptance letters will be sent to authors after selection.
April 28, 2017: Submission of chapters.

Please submit all expressions of interest, abstracts and bios to ProjectMigration17@gmail.com Preferably with the subject line: "African Migration"

About the Editors:

Professor Yvonne Captain: Prof. Captain is an Associate Professor of Latin American and International Affairs at George Washington University. In addition to her expertise on Africa and its Diaspora, she researches and integrates into her teaching the relationships of South-South nations in Africa and Latin America. Her publications reflect these two areas of focus.

Doctor Papa Sow: Dr. Sow is a senior researcher at the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany. He is currently working on the WASCAL project - West African Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use - funded by the German Ministry of Education. His research focuses on population dynamics issues with special links to African migrations (Senegal, The Gambia, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Morocco) and climate variability and uncertainties.

Dr. Elina Marmer: Dr. Marmer is a researcher, author and lecturer at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Intercultural Education and the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Department of Social Work. She is mainly concerned with the nexus of racism and education, specifically focusing on hegemonic knowledge production and its impact on students of African descent in Germany.

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Call for Papers--Gender and Anticolonialism in the Interwar Caribbean
Caribbean Review of Gender Studies
Guest Editors: Dr. Natanya Duncan (Lehigh University) and Dr. Reena Goldthree (Dartmouth College) 

Deadline: 1 September 2016 

The decades between the First and Second World Wars witnessed intensified challenges to both European and US imperialism in the Caribbean. Issuing demands for self-determination and full citizenship rights, activists utilized new mass organizations-such as trade unions, political parties, and nationalist associations-as well as older collectives such as mutual aid societies, religious groups, and cultural clubs to contest the legitimacy of foreign rule. The duration, scale, and militancy of anticolonial mobilizations varied widely across the region, as activists employed tactics ranging from formal negotiation with the state to armed guerilla warfare. Yet, as an interdisciplinary literature has demonstrated, the surge in grassroots protest during the interwar years occurred throughout the colonial Caribbean as well as in the formally independent nation-states of Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Thus, the political ferment of the interwar era not only laid the groundwork for post-World War II independence movements, but also created an opening to contest hegemonic constructions of race, gender, and nation.     
This special issue of the  Caribbean Review of Gender Studies will examine how gender shaped anticolonial thought and praxis in the interwar Caribbean (1919-39). Studying the global origins of anticolonialism, feminist scholars have deconstructed the "citizen/subject" binary, highlighting the relationship among political exclusion, racial hierarchies, and gender inequality. They have also illuminated how oppositional movements throughout the colonized world reconfigured and reproduced ideas about sexual difference, articulating citizenship claims through gendered ideologies that often affirmed-rather than dislodged-patriarchy.
Intervening in this burgeoning literature, Caribbeanist scholars have investigated how local understandings of "womanhood" and "manhood" shaped resistance to colonialism in the turbulent 1920s and 1930s. In addition, they have documented women's myriad roles in struggles against colonial rule, excavating the forgotten connections between anticolonial and feminist movements. Disrupting the longstanding focus on the "fathers" of Caribbean nationalism, groundbreaking biographical accounts of female activists have revealed women's crucial contributions as intellectuals, organizers, and foot soldiers during the interwar years. Building on these foundational works, an important body of scholarship has also begun to interrogate "the sexual inheritances of nationalism" and the "heterosexual imperative of citizenship" in the postcolonial era (Alexander 1994: 11, 6).
For this special issue, we invite submissions that deepen the literature on gender and anticolonialism in the interwar Caribbean (including the global Caribbean diaspora). We hope to include essays based on specific case studies as well as theoretical works that grapple with the gendered implications of anticolonialism in a region forged through centuries of colonial incursions. Possible topics for exploration include (but are not limited to):
  • Constructions of masculinity and femininity in interwar anticolonial movements
  • Organized labor in the Caribbean and the fight against colonialism
  • Caribbean feminist thought in the interwar era
  • Nationalism, gender, and the circum-Caribbean press
  • The campaign against the U.S. occupation of Haiti and the Dominican Republic
  • Challenges to Canadian annexation campaigns in the British Caribbean 
  • Anticolonial currents in literary and cultural movements (e.g. N├ęgritude, surrealism, indigenism, and Afrocubanismo)
  • The ideology and praxis of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)
  • The role of Caribbean activists in the Communist International and other leftist organizations
  • Movements for Puerto Rican independence
  • Transnational ties between Caribbean anticolonial activism and post-World War I nationalism in Asia and Africa
  • The role of religion and spirituality in anticolonial movements
We welcome essays that address the special issue theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. In addition to scholarly articles, we would be pleased to consider proposals for review essays and critical reflections on sources and methodology. We will not consider essays that have been published previously or that are currently under review by another journal.
For full consideration, potential contributors should submit a 500-word article abstract no later than1 September 2016. Full article manuscripts of no more than 7000 words must be submitted to the editors by 5 January 2017 for peer review. The special issue will be published in 2018.

All correspondence or questions regarding submissions for the  Caribbean Review of Gender Studies should be addressed to:
Ms. Tivia Collins
Editorial Assistant, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies

UNICEF's NETI Programme is Accepting Applications 

UNICEF is pleased to announce that the recruitment campaign for UNICEF's 9th NETI Cohort has launched. Applications will be accepted online until the deadline of 11:59pm (EST) on August 14, 2016.

We would appreciate your support in circulating the NETI Programme's launch information to a wide audience and your assistance in identifying potentially suitable candidates.
UNICEF's New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) is an entry point for professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF. As part of UNICEF's global talent management strategy the NETI Programme focuses on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining new talent. The aim is to recruit candidates at the entry to mid-career levels who will grow and develop in the organisation. NETI participants work actively in multicultural environments within the development and humanitarian arenas, while contributing to delivering results for children.
The NETI Programme is currently recruiting suitable candidates at the P-3 level in the following areas: Child Protection, Nutrition, Communication for Development, Social Policy and Monitoring, Evaluation & Research.
For full programme details and information on how to apply, please visit the NETI website at www.unicef.org/neti.     

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