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Call for Registrations: Africans in Europe in the Long Twentieth Century: Transnationalism, Translation and Transfer
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School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool, UK
AFRICANS IN EUROPE IN THE LONG TWENTIETH CENTURY: TRANSNATIONALISM, TRANSLATION AND TRANSFER
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
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 conference brings together new research by both established scholars and early career researchers, with the aim of provoking 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 cultural and political practice of having to deal with and through different languages and modes of social interaction.
The conference is organised by Professor Eve Rosenhaft and Dr Robbie Aitken, in the context of the AHRC-funded project Germany-France-Moscow-Africa: Survival, Politics and Identity among German Cameroonians, ca. 1890-1960.
The conference will take place at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Princes Road, Liverpool: http://www.kuumbaimani.org.uk/
The conference will begin at 10.30 on Friday, 30 October and end at 5 p.m. on 31 October. Advice about accommodation in Liverpool can be found here: http://www.visitliverpool.com/site/accommodation
For enquiries, please contact Dr Christoph Laucht, email@example.com
Friday, 30 October
African cultural production in the European frame
Saturday, 31 October