September 30, 2015
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Call for Papers
In Honor of Stuart Hall Hybridizing and Decolonizing the Metropole: Stuart Hall, Caribbean Routes and Diasporic Identity

Three months at Oxford persuaded me that it was not my home... I'm not English and I never will be. The life I have lived is one of partial displacement. I came to England as a means of escape, and it was a failure.
Stuart Hall, the Guardian, 2012

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal (Routledge) announce a Call for Papers on " Hybridizing and Decolonizing the Metropole: Stuart Hall, Caribbean Routes and Diasporic Identity."

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning decades of the 20th century, colonial and postcolonial migrants from Jamaica, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Antigua and elsewhere in the Caribbean sailed in the reverse directions of the 'middle passage' with all their apprehensions and arrived in the metropole particularly in London, Paris and elsewhere in the metropole to create 'new possibilities for those whom they encountered and decolonizing the world about them (Schwartz, 2003). Those who made the journey to the metropole, as Schwartz noted, "...were not without history, not just immigrants. In their speech, in their dedication to a certain styling of self, in their music - let along in their formal artifacts of literary culture - they brought their history with them" to metropole. As Stuart Hall (1991:48-49) memorably remind us that, "people like me who came to England in the 1950s have been there for centuries; symbolically we have been there for centuries. I was coming home at the bottom of the English cup tea. I am the sweet tooth, the sugar plantation that rotted generations of English children's teeth. There are thousands of others besides me that are you know, the cup of tea itself. Because they don't grow it in Lancashire, you know ... There is no English history without the other history."

The movements of colonial and postcolonial Caribbean migration forward and backwards across the Black Atlantic represented a specific history of crossing from a diverse geographical sites as well as the specific politics shaped by the realities of the colony and metropole, the decolonization process itself as well as the migrant-based demographic and cultural shifts which brought into sharp focus notions of home,
belonging, diaspora, identity, nationality and historical memory.

Focusing on theme of hybridizing the metropole, Caribbean routes and diasporic identity, the Guest Editors seek contributions that illuminate the ways in which Stuart Hall made fundamental contributions to the study of politics, popular culture, media, race, diaspora, culture, postcolonialsim and related fields since his arrival in the metropole. In particular, contributors are encouraged to explore the full dimension of Start Hall's work as well as his political engagement as a public intellectual. We also seek contributions
that examine the broad impact of Stuart Hall in the field of African and Black Diaspora Studies as well as African American Studies, Caribbean Studies and related fields.

Proposed papers should address one of the following thematic clusters.
  • Stuart Hall: Encountering the Metropole
  • Stuart Hall: The Birmingham Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies
  • Stuart Hall: Diaspora and Cultural Hybridity
  • Stuart Hall: Public Sphere and Discursive Space
  • Stuart Hall: The Politics of Representation and Ideology
  • Stuart Hall: The Politics of Race and Identity
  • Stuart Hall : Post-colonialism and its aftermath
  • Stuart Hall: The Politics of Knowledge and Emancipatory Politics
Authors are encouraged to submit provocative original writing (conceptual, empirical or theoretical) that emphasize the work of Stuart Hall in different transnational settings and diasporic routes.

Abstracts should be 400-500 words in length. Authors should send their material with the abstract attached as a Word document. Please be sure to include the following: full name, university affiliation, contact information (e-mail and mailing address) and the title of your abstract to the Guest Editors:

Dr. Fassil Demissie, DePaul University
Dr. Sarah Fila-Bakabadio, University of Cergy-Pontoise, (Paris)

Deadlines: Submission of Abstracts December 1, 2015 
Accepted proposals will be notified by January 30, 2016 
Final paper must be submitted by July 30, 2016


African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal

Call for Papers
Creolization and Trans Atlantic Blackness: The Visual and Material Cultures of Slavery

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal announce a Call for Papers for a special issue on Creolization and Trans Atlantic Blackness: The Visual and Material Cultures of Slavery.

European colonization forced a variety of populations into extended and imbalanced contact. United by the Atlantic Ocean, the populations and cultures of the Americas were disrupted and remade in a process that had slavery at its center. The transplantation of Africans as slave labour across the Americas was coupled with the containment, exploitation, assimilation and genocide of indigenous peoples and the strategic exploitation of other "undesirable" groups (ie. Irish, Asian etc.). Within the Trans Atlantic World, identities were constantly policed to ensure the maintenance of racial, social and cultural hierarchies. The effects of this cultural and social clash are often referred to as creolization.

For the enslaved, creolization can be defined as the transformation of Africans into "blacks" and the concomitant changes that occurred in the social habits, music, dress, culture, religion, language, food and art of these populations. For Africans, creolization was always experienced under duress since slave owners and colonialists created policies and laws, which prohibited the practice of African cultures. But they also strategically condoned, even celebrated slave culture for their own enjoyment or political benefit.

While creolization has been extensively examined as language, politics, and social control, art historical (visual cultural) inquiry has been scant. This special issue seeks contributions on the creolization of visual art and material culture of diasporized Africans and the visual representation of creolized populations within the context of Trans Atlantic Slavery. Articles that explore "high" and "low" art, popular culture and material culture are welcome and may include (but are not limited to) painting, drawing, architecture, printmaking, photography, clothing/dress, carnival, scarification, tattooing, self-care and hair styling. Comparative research (across regions or populations) is also welcome.

Prospective contributors are invited to send a short bio/affiliation (200 words) and abstract (300 words maximum) in English to the Guest Editor: Dr. Charmaine Nelson, McGill University, Montreal, Canada at:

The deadline for submitting abstracts - December 15, 2015
Notification of acceptance - January 15, 2016
Submission of final paper - June 15, 2016

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/ national movements, locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African Diaspora in the context of globalization as well as in different discourses, practices and political contexts. The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political shifts imposed by the nation- state to provide a counter- narrative of subject positions of people of the African Diaspora, grounded in cultural and political responses.



EVENT: The Heritage New Hampshire Black New England Conference
DATE:  October 30 & 31
LOCATION: Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham
COST: Conference only =$50, Awards Dinner only = $25, Conference + Dinner = $75
CONTACT: JerriAnne Boggis, Coordinator
DURHAM, Friday, October 30 & 31, 2015,  The Center For New England Culture at the University of New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, are excited to announce the full line-up of presenters scheduled to speak at the 2015 Heritage New Hampshire Black New England Conference, "Put Me In, Coach": The Battle to Integrate New England Sports.  Among this year's presenters are current and former pro athletes, former Olympians, coaches, authors, professors and independent scholars.
Speakers will investigate the significant roles People of Color have played and continue to play in sports in New England and beyond. Presentations will focus on past and present issues faced by Black athletes including:  college athletics' influence over educational success and campus life; the shadows of racism, race science and genetics over the careers of black athletes; racial disparities between team ownership/management and team members; and the challenge of legacy-building and mentoring among both established athletes of color and rising stars. 
Award-winning Boston Globe Columnist Derrick Jackson will deliver one of three keynote presentations at the 2015 Heritage New Hampshire Black New England Conference "Put Me In, Coach: The Battle to Integrate New England Sports" on October 30 and 31, 2015.  Jackson will  discuss black athletes' participation and over-participation in sports and the wildly divergent universes they create .  
Additional keynote speakers include: Greg Gonsalves, chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, who will highlight Robinson's historic presence in baseball and the mentoring work of his namesake foundation, and University of Texas Professor John Hoberman, who will discuss key points in his book, Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black Athletes and Preserved the Myth of Race.
The Heritage New Hampshire Black New England Conference will present Olympians Mel Pender, Seba Johnson and Vincent De'jon Parrette, who will share their stories of breaking barriers and records. Pro soccer player Charlie Davis and retired NBA player Dwight Davis will give insights into what it means to live their dreams as well as the cost.  Mark Johnson, youngest son of Harlem Globetrotter Andy Johnson, will share his father's untold story from his book, Basket Ball Slave. Jamalh Prince, an award winning athlete and coach, will take us on his journey from high-school athlete to Dean of Students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
Whitney Zelee, running back for Boston's all female football team the Renegades will  share her experience of succeeding in a sport seen as a "man's sport". Presentations by UNH Associate Professors Courtney Marshall and Robin Hackett will challenge preconceived notions about race, gender, body image and abilities.
Racism and discrimination has a long history in the Black athlete's world. Through historic events and individual stories, Robert Bellinger, Associate Professor of History at Suffolk University, Bijan C. Bayne, sports historian and author, and Phillip L. Cunningham Assistant Professor Media Studies & Sports Studies at Quinnipiac University will discuss the elements of discrimination that have changed and elements that persist.
Lewis Byrant/Director Multicultural Students Services Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Brandon Thomas/ Academic Coordinator at the University of New Hampshire Athletics and Jessica F. Compton, a f ormer UNH Athlete and current doctorial candidate at University of California at Berkeley , will examine how athletic and higher education policies as well as academic values impact the success of college athletes on the field and in the classroom.
In addition to panels and presentations for registered attendees, the conference will offer two events open to the general public - a film discussion lead by Professor Delia Konzett and the conference Awards Dinner.
Cost for the Conference is $50. Cost for the Awards Dinner is $25
The Black New England Conference is a two-day interactive conference that gathers scholars, teachers, researchers, community members and members of local organizations, to share their work and insights on the Black experience past and present in New England. It is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history in New England.
For more information on the conference scheduled, panels, presenters please visit

Assistant Professor, Early North America in the context of the Atlantic World
Fordham University 

The Department of History at Fordham University seeks applicants for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the history of Early North America in the context of the Atlantic World, with a preference for scholars specializing in slavery and race. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their period and specialty.  Ability to contribute to proposed Global History M.A. a plus. For more information, see the department's website at
Candidates must have the Ph.D. in hand by September 1, 2016. Send letter of application, c.v., and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio by  November 20, 2015. Fordham University is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.  Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds; it is an equal opportunity employer.

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