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>From: Sara Lennox <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      CFP:  Black European Studies
>BEST - Black European Studies
>Johann-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz / University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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>Randolph Ochsmann (Mainz)
>Sara Lennox (Amherst)
>Fatima El-Tayeb (San Diego)
>Peggy Piesche (Mainz/Berlin)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
>Interdisciplinary Conference
>= Black European Studies =
>Johann-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
>10-13 November 2005
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>This interdisciplinary conference is the first scholarly 
>investigation of the African Diaspora as an aspect of intra-European 
>history.   Organized in connection with a multi year, international 
>research project on Black Europeans co-sponsored the Universities of 
>Mainz and Massachusetts and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, 
> the conference will endeavor to further scholarly exchange on the 
>centuries-old history of Black Europeans, to encourage 
>interdisciplinary contacts among scholars hitherto working in 
>isolation, and to advance the development of new theoretical and 
>methodological tools to understand the African Diaspora within 
>Europe.
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>Since the nineteen-eighties newly-emergent Black movements in Great 
>Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have inspired scholarly 
>investigations into the unknown history of Black Europeans 
>particularly within the humanities.  However, such research has 
>taken place in scholarly and discursive isolation.  Scarcely any 
>European country is aware of the existence of indigenous Black 
>minorities, and academic exchange has been possible only in 
>connection with U.S. Diaspora Studies.  Yet seen from the 
>perspective of U.S. Diaspora
>studies, the European experience is often represented as a deviation 
>from the central question of the transatlantic slave trade central 
>to the U.S. experience.  However, from a Black European vantage 
>point, the Black diasporic experience reveals both differences, a 
>consequence of differing national histories, and also important 
>commonalities, drawing into question the conceptualization of the 
>Black European experience as "deviation" and also defining 
>colonialism as central to intra-European history.
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>This interdisciplinary conference will facilitate cross-disciplinary 
>discussion of previous scholarly research but will above all promote 
>the development of new theoretical perspectives on Black Europe that 
>might potentially also inform both academic and political discourse. 
> The conference organizers also plan to initiate subsequent working 
>groups focused on participants‚ thematic, regional, and 
>(inter)disciplinary interests.
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>The conference will have three important functions.  It will enable 
>direct exchange among scholars working in the area of Black European 
>history; it will encourage the formation of on-going scholarly 
>networks focused on particular research questions; and it will also 
>help to make Black Europeans and their history visible beyond the 
>bounds of academic discourse.
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>Since this conference is explicitly intended for scholars who work 
>on the relatively new topic „Black Europe,š the organizers of the 
>conference especially call upon young scholars to present their work 
>for discussion within this forum.
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>In the course of the conference participants will decide upon 
>research emphases that will inform subsequent collaboration. 
>Conference participants will be asked to submit position papers 
>outlining their research areas and emphases.  Those position papers 
>will be collected in a reader that will be distributed before the 
>conference in order to facilitate intensive discussion of the topics 
>addressed.
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>Workshop topics include:
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>1.                  Representing Black European history
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>2.                  Networking strategies:  international 
>(political) organizations
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>3.                  Racism and the academy
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>4.                  Black European Studies curricula
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>5.                  Empirical research:  subjects and objects
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>Other potential research questions:
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>* How have Black Europeans conceived themselves historically?
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>* Do they understand themselves as black, de-localized Africans 
>and/or as part of an international community?
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>* What is their relationship to Africa and to other parts of the 
>African Diaspora?
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>* What is their relationship to other ethnic minorities in Europe?
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>* What is the relationship of categories like nation, gender, class, 
>and racialization to the category Black Europe?
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>* European unity and its expansionųEuropean creation myths
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>* (Self)Representation of Black Europeans as indigenous or „otherš?
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>* Black European self-articulation in political and other forms of 
>representation
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>* A Black European Research perspective: counter-history and/or 
>academic discourse?
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>* Possibilities and limitations of the appropriation of 
>transatlantic research methodologies
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>* Position papers may address Europe as a whole or specific European 
>countries.  All disciplines are welcome at this interdisciplinary 
>conference.
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>Please submit a one to two page abstract on your specific research 
>project that also explains its relationship to your larger research 
>interests.  You should also submit potential questions for the 
>workshop of your choice.  Please send a short CV as well.  The 
>deadline for proposals is 15 May 2005.  Please send your proposal to 
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>You will receive a written confirmation of your participation after 
>30 May 2005.  A three to five page position paper for the reader 
>will be due on 4 September 2005 at the latest.  The complete reader 
>will be mailed to you after 30 September.  BEST will pay travel 
>costs as well as room and board.
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