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African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal
Call for Papers
The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal are pleased to announce a
special edition on MUSEUMS IN THE METROPOLE: SLAVERY, COLONIALISM, AND POSTCOLONIAL
MEMORY which examines various exhibition sites and provide contextualization for the public
discourse triggered by their creation.
Africa and Europe are symbiotically connected through a long history of contact informed by
slavery, colonialism, immigration, and various transnational practices. In recent years, these
histories have informed both national and pan-European debates concerning the historical
legacies of these encounters â€“ as exemplified in cultural, economic, political, and social
phenomena, as well as in current reformulations in contemporary Europe as they concern
transhistorical links and impact immigrant populations and ethnic minorities. These have
included reflection on the limits of reparation, restitution, and memory, and ultimately concerned
national identity, ethnic minorities, and the parameters of a multicultural Europe. Important
scholarship, such as Paul Gilroyâ€™s The Black Atlantic, Christopher L. Millerâ€™s The French Atlantic
Triangle, and Olivier PÃ©trÃ©-Grenouilleauâ€™s La traitre des noirs have foregrounded the centrality of
these questions to current (post)colonial frameworks, and the study and reassessment of the
colonial era is rapidly reforming curricular interests and orientation in Europe.
The role of European nations in the slave trade and in colonialism (Belgium, England, France,
Germany, the Netherlands, among others) has been acknowledged, although the assessment of
their respective roles remains contested; nevertheless, this history has been explored in a
multiplicity of ways throughout Europe in such diverse spaces as museums: the British Empire
and Commonwealth Museum (Bristol, U.K.), MusÃ©e Quai Branly (Paris, France), Centre National
pour lâ€™Histoire de lâ€™Immigration (Paris, France), the International Slavery Museum (Liverpool,
U.K.), the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium); special exhibits such as at the
Hackney Museum (London, U.K.) and the National Maritime Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands);
and finally through such monuments as the National Monument Slavernijverleden (National
Monument to the legacy of slavery) in Oosterpark, Amsterdam.
Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word
abstract by March 31, 2008, and will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English) by the
strict deadline of 15 December 2008.
All communications regarding the special edition should be directed to the Guest Editor,
Professor Dominic Thomas (University of California, Los Angeles), by e-mail:
dominict_at_humnet.ucla.edu. Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editor will be
happy to discuss individual suggestions.
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a critical interrogation of the
trans/national movements, locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African diaspora
in the context of globalization as well as in different discourses, practices and political contexts.
The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political shifts imposed by the nation-state
to provide a counter-narrative of subject positions of people of the African diaspora, grounded
in cultural and political responses.
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