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>From: Andrés Nader <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP:  Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective
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>>Call for Papers:
>>"Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective"
>>  2nd International Interdisciplinary BEST Conference 
>>July 27 - 30, 2006  Berlin, Germany
>>
>>The Center for Black European Studies of the 
>>Johann Gutenberg University Mainz, in 
>>cooperation with the 
>>Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut/ Free University of 
>>Berlin, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and ASU 
>>Berlin, is  pleased to announce the 2nd 
>>International Conference on Black Europe, 
>>"Black European Studies in Transnational 
>>Perspective", to be held at the Free University 
>>of Berlin, Germany, July 27 - 30, 2006.
>>
>>Within Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, the 
>>African Diaspora has been long recognized as an 
>>important concept. The history and culture of 
>>African populations violently transported to 
>>the "New World" via the slave trade are the 
>>subjects of vigorous scholarly debates. The 
>>history of Black (Continental) Europeans, 
>>however, still remains largely unknown. Over 
>>the last two years, the Black European Studies 
>>Project (BEST) has emerged as an international 
>>forum of exchange for scholars of this 
>>underresearched subject.
>>
>>The first BEST conference, "Challenging Europe 
>>- Black European Studies in the 21st Century" 
>>was held in November 2005 in Mainz, Germany. It 
>>was conceived as a small, intense workshop, 
>>taking inventory of research on Black 
>>populations in various European nations, 
>>including Eastern Europe and Turkey, and 
>>exploring the theoretical and methodological 
>>challenges faced by the emerging 
>>interdisciplinary and transnational field of 
>>Black European Studies.
>>The 2nd International BEST Conference will 
>>endeavor to continue these debates in a broader 
>>context. This public, interdisciplinary 
>>encounter 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 inform both academic and 
>>political discourse. It will thus 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 help to make Black Europeans and their 
>>history as well as present visible beyond the 
>>bounds of academic discourse.
>>
>>Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
>>* Rewriting European History 
>>* Black European Studies curricula
>>* Empirical research:  subjects and objects
>>* Notions of Blackness and Africanness
>>* Race as a scientific category
>>* (Post)Colonial Experiences 
>>* Black European Studies within the larger 
>>field of Black Diasporic Culture/ Diaspora 
>>Studies
>>* Negotiating Black Consciousness
>>* Black Activist Movements 
>>* Cultural Productions
>>* Memory and Archives
>>* How have Black Europeans conceived themselves historically?
>>* The relationship to Africa and to other parts of the African Diaspora
>>* The relationship to other ethnic minorities in Europe
>>* The interaction of categories like nation, 
>>gender, class, and religion with the category 
>>Black Europe
>>* The European Union and its expansion-European creation myths
>>* A Black European Research perspective: 
>>counter-history and/or academic discourse?
>>* Possibilities and limitations of the 
>>appropriation of transatlantic research 
>>methodologies
>>Papers may address Europe as whole or specific 
>>European countries. All disciplines are welcome.
>>
>>Please submit a one page abstract and a short 
>>CV.  The deadline for proposals is 30 April 
>>2006. 
>>Please send your abstract to 
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>>You will receive a written confirmation of your 
>>participation after 30 May 2006.
>>
>>BEST will be able to provide a small number of 
>>stipends to help cover travel and accommodation
>>expenses. Please direct inquiries to 
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