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>Subject: CFP: Africans in Europe
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>Call for Papers
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>Africans in Europe in the long twentieth century: Transnationalism,
>translation and transfer
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>University of Liverpool, 30-31 October 2009
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>The past few years have seen a flowering of historical research on Africans in
>Europe and the growth of new networks of scholarship on the subject.  Most of
>this work acknowledges that as colonial or ex-colonial subjects, as migrants,
>and as members of a global population for whom a common identity and fate were
>increasingly claimed in terms of diaspora, Africans often moved from one mono-
>or plurilingual context/contact zone into another.  This could be the result
>of physical relocations, of a transfer of administrative jurisdiction over
>them from one colonial power to another (as after 1918), or indeed of
>participation in transnational literary and political networks.  But much
>current research remains limited to particular national metropolitan contexts,
>their languages and institutions, with the themes of transnationalism and
>translation addressed largely through triangulations between Africa, Black
>America and the respective country of ?settlement?.  The purpose of this
>conference is to bring together new research and provoke discussion around
>those moments where Africans found themselves at the interface between
>European cultures, asking about the implications for subjectivity and everyday
>life as well as for literary and political practice of having to deal with and
>through different languages and cultural practices.  We invite contributions
>that address experiences in any (or indeed all) European territories, and
>particularly welcome empirically-grounded case studies which address the
>problems of methodology and interpretation raised by the project of studying
>transnational lives.  Possible topics might include:
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>Africans as language teachers and language learners ? formal and informal
>institutions
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>Visual culture: self-presentations
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>Multilingual families and generational power
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>Communication, power and identity in international organisations and networks
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>International milieus within national borders (seamen?s bars and Black
>neighbourhoods)
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>Languages of the shop floor
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>Fatherland as a moving target: patriotisms
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>We anticipate that the conference papers will be published.
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>Please send abstracts by 31 August 2009 to Eve Rosenhaft, School of Cultures,
>Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool: [log in to unmask]
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>Eve Rosenhaft
>Professor of German Historical Studies
>Head of School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
>University of Liverpool
>Cypress Building
>Liverpool
>L69 7ZR
>Tel +44 (0)151 794 2355
>Fax +44 (0)151 794 2357
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