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"Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World"


APRIL 8-9, 2016


The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University invites papers for its third bi-annual Africa and the Atlantic World Conference. This year's conference focuses on intersections and transformations within identities, cultures, and experiences of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The conference hopes to allow scholars to explore the continuous and evolving meaning that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on the experiences of Africana people worldwide. Papers examining the lingering effects of racism on the lives of Blacks in the United States and the Pan-African world and the strategies of resistance against such oppression are highly encouraged. Such oppression needs to be explored not only in relationship to Africa and the United States, but also in connection with the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. A primary focus will be placed on the impact of racial violence and social, economic, and political marginalizations of people of African descent in the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world. Papers discussing the implications of recent racial events in various cities of the United States and other parts of the Pan-African world are highly encouraged.


We invite submissions from a variety of academic scholars, independent scholars, advanced graduate students, undergraduate students, artists, community leaders and activists on ways to reflect the strengths and diversity of people of African descent. We welcome artistic submissions and have set aside gallery space and theatre space for such endeavors.


Topics and themes of papers/artistic work may include:  

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Violence in the Pan-African World
  • Police Brutality
  • Black Masculinity
  • Black Feminism
  • The Prison Industrial Complex
  • Black Sexuality
  • Theories of Africana Studies
  • The future of Africana Studies
  • Public Policy and Africana Studies
  • Geography and identity
  • Gender, sexuality, and the black body
  • Black popular culture
  • Diasporic economics and labor markets
  • Migration and identities of modern immigrants
  • Redefinition of the African American identity
  • Culture, representation and performance,
  • Obama Phenomena


Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250 words, an abbreviated CV (1 page), your full name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address. The due date is November 16, 2015. Please send all materials electronically to:


by mail to Attention: Conference Committee, Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio, USA, 44240.  


Europe and Europe in the World: The Politics of Belonging and Social Inclusion

Mini-symposium at the 2015 Council for European Studies Annual Meeting




Science Po, Paris, France * July 8-10, 2015



  • Karen Farquharson, Associate Dean and Professor, Swinburne University, Australia
  • Trica Danielle Keaton, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, USA


Contemporary politics of belonging and questions of social inclusion remain central to some of the most difficult and enduring debates not only within Europe but also sites fundamentally affected by European imperialism, or what we refer to here as "Europe in the world." Multi-cultural and multi-ethnic differentiation and tensions, intersecting forms of exclusion, and multilateral contestations have come to operate as modalities of lived experience through which belonging continues to be constituted, embodied, inhabited, and transformed globally. Who belongs to a society, and on what are belonging and inclusion predicated? How have socio-cultural processes, varying technologies, and intersecting practices of social division and hierarchies articulated belonging and inclusion? Through this mini-symposium-comprised of two panels and a film screening-we explore from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives these and other questions in a variety of contexts in Europe and regions fundamentally fashioned by European power, politics, and practices.




031. Europe in the World - Wednesday July 8

11:00 to 12:45 PM - 28 rue des Saints Pères H201

Chair & Discussant: Trica Keaton, Vanderbilt University, USA


Unequal Citizenships and Multiple Europes.

-Manuela Boatcã, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


They Don't Deserve to be South African: Examining Autochthony, Citizenship, and Belonging in Contemporary South African Society.

-Kathryn Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Adventures in Deportation: Malian Migrant Narratives and Social Transformation.

-Julie Kleinman, Pennsylvania State University, USA


Australian Racial Ideology: From Cultural Homogeneity to Multiculturalism?

-Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


053. Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker

12:45 to 2:00 PM - 28 rue des Saints Pères H201

Chair & Discussant: Mame-Fatou Niang, Carnegie Mellon University


Afro-Diasporic French Identities.

-Nathalie Etoke, Connecticut College, USA


060. "Visible Minorities" in Contemporary Europe

2:00 to 3:40 PM - 28 rue des Saints Pères H201

Chair & Discussant: Karen Farquharson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


From Black to Blue?

-Nana Adusei-Poku, Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Violence, Mourning and the Precarious Other.

-Laurie McIntosh, Duke University, USA


Peripheralized in the Periphery: Migration, Deportation, and Detainment in Ireland and Spain.

-Elisa White, University of California, Davis, USA


Everyday Anti-blackness on Rue Mouffetard

-Trica Keaton, Vanderbilt University, USA





Apply now for the GFMD civil society programme 2015
12-14 October Istanbul
Migration and Development Civil Society Network (MADE)

Application deadline: 16th, June 2015


Dear M4D Net members,

We hope this email finds you well.

We are delighted to bring your attention to the call for applications to participate in the Civil Society programme of this year's Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) opened by the Migration and Development Society Network (MADE), which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on 12 - 14 October 2015.


The 2015 GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD) will bring together more than 200 migrant and civil society leaders from all over the world to discuss key issues in Migration and Development. As in previous years, civil society participants will be selected from among the applications that are submitted in this process. For the last GFMD in 2014, some 220 delegates were selected from among the more than 800 applications received.


The call for applications opened on 26 May. The deadline for application is 16th of June, 2015!


 Apply here! 


GFMD Civil Society Days 2015

The GFMD Civil Society Days will take place on 12 - 13 October at  Lütfi Kırdar - Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre in Istanbul. Then civil society participants will join governments in a shared session, known as the Common Space, at the same venue on 14 October. The GFMD Government Days will then take place at the same location on 15 - 16 October, for governmental participants. 


Programme 2015

The 2015 CSD programme will centre on assessing recent progress and impact on major civil society priorities in migration and development worldwide, and next steps. In particular, since the UN High-level Dialogue (HLD) on International Migration and Development in 2013 and the GFMD in 2014:

  • What issues have moved forward, and which have stagnated or worsened? What needs to be done next?
  • How does civil society look at, engage in and ensure-at national as well as global levels-the implementation and monitoring of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals that the UN General Assembly will adopt in September, just before the GFMD, in order to improve the rights, well-being and protection of migrants and communities?

The civil society programme will be pick up and take forward the issues of civil society’s 5-year 8-point plan, the outcomes from the GFMD 2014 CSD  civil society’s 5-year 8-point plan, the outcomes from the GFMD 2014 CSD, linking with the themes that the governments have decided to focus on in their own   GFMD programme. As in prior years, the civil society programme will feature plenary and break-out sessions around themes such as: labour migration, decent work and reforming migrant labour recruitment, placement and employment practices; migrant and diaspora empowerment and action; protection of migrants - men, women and children - on the move, in transit and at borders.   


Share your ideas on the GFMD!

MADE invites you to share your ideas for the GFMD CSD 2015 programme by sending an  e-mail or by filling the last question on the  application form.


For more information please send an e-mail, or check the websitehttp://gfmdcivilsociety.org


Please also share with potentially interested parties.


The JMDI Team


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