November 8, 2016
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The African Europe In The Diaspora: The African Sixth Region Abroad
Inauguration: November 23, 2017 17:30AM

join our inauguration - World African Diaspora Secretariat, Spain

  The African Europe in the Diaspora World Secretariat for Africans Abroad (hereafter AEITD. W.S.A.A.) is the Africans in the diaspora coordinating body for the implement of the African Sixth Region Declaration abroad.

The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that have resulted by descent from the movement in historic times of people from Africa, predominantly to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and among other areas around the globe. Some scholars identify "four circulatory phases" of migration out of Africa.

The term has also less commonly been used to refer to recent emigration from Africa.

The African Union defines the African diaspora as:

"[consisting] of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union." Its constitutive act declares that it shall "invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union."

In this Secretariat, we have chosen to give an overview as African Diaspora as a whole, without differentiating according to countries of origin within Africa, as the African Union does in its definition[i]. The African Union has designated it as a sixth development "zone", the others being West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and North Africa[ii]. As such, it is a subject that is the focus of a growing attention on the part of researchers and scholars, but also on the part of African Governments, institutions, as well as Development Institutions[iii], as it becomes growingly organized and institutionalized.

Call for Papers: Historicizing Blackness: Sports, Performance, and Politics

Emerging Scholars Workshop
Historicizing Blackness:  Sports, Performance, and Politics
A workshop for junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center
March 31st- April 1, 2017: The Pennsylvania State University
(University Park Campus)
In recent years mainstream American culture has seemingly grappled with defining blackness. From the stage to the screen, on the court or field, in political commentary and in remembrance or commemoration, varying and juxtaposing representations of blackness have generated public discussions about what it means to be black in the 21st century. Television shows like  Black-ish and  Atlanta, performances like  Lemonade and  Hamilton, momentous occasions like the opening of the National Museum of African American History, and increasingly visible athletic protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter persistently challenge the way black identity is envisioned, performed, curated, and remembered. This year's Emerging Scholars Workshop,  Historicizing Blackness: Sports, Performance, and Politics, provides the opportunity to explore the historical roots of the function of blackness in public discourse while asking scholars to reflect on the change (or stasis) in representations of black people and the idea of blackness itself over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Topics for these papers may include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Historical memories of black identity
  • The impact of the carceral state
  • The black athlete as activist
  • State violence and artistic protest
  • The role of Black Americans as cultural consumers
The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State invites paper proposals from early career scholars  within three years  of earning their PhD and advanced graduate students who are writing their dissertations. Workshop papers should be no more than twenty pages and feature work in progress. Submissions will be pre-circulated, but restricted to workshop attendees and Penn State faculty, including scholars chosen to provide commentary on papers. 
Interested parties should submit a complete CV and a proposal of no more than 500 words to Tyler Sperrazza ( by  Monday, December 12. Travel funding and accommodations are available courtesy of the Richards Civil War Era Center. Questions or inquiries should be directed to Matthew Isham, Richards Center Managing Director at Follow  #EmergingScholars2017 for updates and more information.

This publication is available in alternative media on request.   Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. LBS 17-147

Donating African Diaspora Books - Patrick Manning

Patrick Manning, Andrew Mellon Professor of World History at the University of Pittsburgh, Emeritus, having now retired, seeks to pass on his collection of African Diaspora books to a scholar who will make use of them or an institution that will make them available to scholars.

The collection consists of about 250 volumes--mostly in English, some in French and other languages, addressing the history of the African diaspora in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the islands. This collection was important in the preparation of Prof. Manning's synthetic study, The African Diaspora: A History through Culture (Columbia UP, 2009). A spread sheet listing the books individually (author, title, publisher, date) is available [it should be attached if possible]. Works address history, politics, culture, economic, literature, etc., across the past 500 years.

The decision on allocation of this collection of books will be made through the following process.
  1. Initial inquiries are welcomed: please contact Prof. Manning at
  2. Those wishing to receive the collection should submit a paragraph explaining  why this collection of books is of interest. Prof. Manning hopes to select one recipient for the full collection.
  3. The books are to be boxed, in rough alphabetical order by author, and prepared for shipping to the recipient.
  4. The recipient is to agree to pay the shipping cost for the boxes.
  5. A formal recognition of the contribution of books will be provided.

Patrick Manning

CAAR Conference CFP Deadline Extended

Dear ASWAD members and friends,

The deadline for CFPs for the 2017 biennial CAAR conference has been  extended to  November 25, 2016 . All conference abstracts should have a  maximum of 500 words and include a brief bio for all participants. All  proposals should be directed to the conference organizers at

Conference registration and hotel information will be posted to the CAAR  website in the coming weeks. Please continue to monitor the website for  updates.

Dra. Silvia Castro Borrego
Dpto. FilologĂ­a Inglesa, Francesa y Alemana

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