GLOBAL AFRICA: HUMAN MIGRATION, THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, AND THE FUTURE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS / ABSTRACTS
43rd Annual Conference of the
NEW YORK AFRICAN(A) STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Seton Hall University, NJ
April 13 – 14, 2018
THEME: GLOBAL AFRICA: HUMAN MIGRATION, THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, AND THE FUTURE
Migration has long been part of human history, sometimes undertaken for economic or environmental reasons and at other times a result of wars or political persecutions of ethnic, racial, religious, linguistic, or political groups. Our present nation-defined era is associated with surges in migrations propelled by the confluence of many factors including wars, expulsion of population groups, economic dislocations brought about by globalization, and changing means of communication and the diffusion of knowledge. According to UN estimates, the number of international migrants reached 244 million in 2015, and this represents the highest number ever of people living outside the borders of their countries of origin. Of these, an unprecedented 65 million people were displaced because of wars and political, religious, ethnic, and racial persecutions.
The migration of Africans within the continent and to other parts of the world including Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East, has also increased. This increase has been particularly dramatic for Africans because of a combination of problems ranging from conflicts, dysfunctional political systems, and acute economic distress. It is not unusual for African migrants to take the long and risky trek to South America and then Central America and Mexico in order to make an unauthorized entry into the US. In addition, news abounds of Africans who undertake the dangerous route through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea some of whom perish on their way to Europe. Others travel to the Middle East and beyond only to endure maltreatment and continued violations of their rights. Yet, despite these hazards and indignities, Africans continue to leave their countries of origin.
NYASA 2018 welcomes papers on all aspects of human migration in Africa, its diaspora, and what the future holds for Africa and Africans. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following: What are the political, economic, and social determinants of human migration in Africa, and how does migration affect governance in Africa? What is the role of the media (sports, movies, tv) in migration? In what ways does migration benefit the migrant, the migrant family, the migrant origin country, or the migrant destination country? How do migrants navigate the social, political, and economic contours of their adopted countries? What are the negatives of migration to the individual migrant, the household, the local community, the country of origin, or the country of destination? Which individual-, national-, and/or systemic level-variables affect migration patterns? What is the role of human traffickers in migration? Which theoretical tools best explain the dynamics of contemporary African migration? How does literature, music, and/or film engage with this ongoing migration? How are contemporary media portrayals of this migration (over time or among nations) similar, different, inadequate, biased, and/or changing? How has the increased migration out of the Middle East influenced depictions of migrating Africans? What is the future for Africans in and/or outside of Africa? NYASA also welcomes presentations/panels/roundtable discussions by individuals working with African immigrants including those specializing in economic, educational, health, or legal issues.
While the above questions are based on the theme chosen at the 2017 NYASA Annual Meeting, NYASA will also welcome proposals for presentations, panels, posters, roundtables, and plenary sessions from scholars in all academic disciplines that address other critical (historical, contemporary, or future) issues political, economic, social / cultural (gender, sex, race, class, ethnicity), religious, educational, literary, oral, linguistic, and musical as well as theater-performance, visual arts, information technology, geography, environment (including climate change, deforestation, water, GMO’s, resource extraction,), health-medical, law and legal rights, philosophy, etc.
By 16 January 2018 please send abstracts of not more than 150 words to the Local Organizing Committee, Nyasa2018@gmail.com .
If not addressing the stated theme, please suggest a sub-theme that best fits your topic. Indicate if you will need media resources (e.g. Audio-Visual Equipment) for your presentation, and please include your name as you would like it to appear in the program along with institutional (or other) affiliation with city and state. For your proposal, please use (copy-and-paste) the following template to organize your proposal:
Proposal (150 words):
In early February, you will be notified if your paper has been accepted. Participants MUST be registered by the end of Early Registration on Sunday 18 March 2018 to be listed in the program and considered for publication. After this date, participants may register at the more expensive Standard Registration Rate and participate in the conference, but they will not be listed in the program.
Registration will be at http://newyorkafricanstudiesassociation.org/ (also reached via www.nyasa.org ). At this site, you will also find information about lodging and other logistical issues. We look forward to your participation at this mid-April conference when New Jersey is indeed “the Garden State.”