African Migrations: Transcultural Identities in the Making

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Dalarna University, sweden and University of Botswana
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The phenomenon of migration is well-established in the history of human societies, where individuals or groups of people have moved from one place to another, either across international borders or internally within a state, for various reasons, such as political, religious, social, or economic. The experience of migration, whether it applies to refugees, displaced persons, or economic migrants, raises a number of important questions in terms of its effects on the individual and on society. These questions relate to the negotiation of identity on the part of the migrant, the effects of personal and cultural displacement, and not least questions concerning global justice and human rights.

African migration, both within the continent of Africa, or from former colonies in Africa to Europe, is particularly interesting in this context. In virtue of its history, which prior to colonialism was not bounded by precise borders, migration can be studied against the role of the nation-state in a globalised world. In recent decades forces of globalisation have resulted in an increased mobility of people within and beyond national boundaries, thus calling for new critical evaluations. In this respect, the concept of transculturalism is a useful analytical tool which allows for re-examination of these questions, as it focuses on the formation of multifaceted, fluid identities and opposes the singular traditional cultures associated with the idea of the nation-state.

This collection of essay seeks to critically examine the effects of recent migration in Africa from the perspective of transculturality, by bringing together critical perspectives that examine the complexity of these issues. The aim of the collection is to further our understanding of the experiences of migration, as well as explore how migrants have documented and represented their stories.

For this interdisciplinary collection we invite papers of 5,000-7,000 words which treat African migrations from such perspectives as literary studies, linguistics, film studies, visual arts, anthropology, sociology and political science. Possible topics include but not limited to the following: narratives of identity negotiations; displacement; xenophobia; afrophobia; language and gender.

Paper abstracts, of 500 words, should be sent to the following editors by Sept 1, 2014:

Irene Gilsenan Nordin,
Leloba Molema,

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