CFP: "The Black Atlantic" (10/1/03; journal issue)

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Call for Papers

Special issue of Current Writing on Paul Gilroy and 'The Black Atlantic:
Modernity and double consciousness'

The publication of Paul Gilroy's 'The Black Atlantic: Modernity and double
consciousness' ten years ago made a major contribution to the reconfiguration
of the study of black literatures and cultures. Since then several scholars
have engaged with the ways in which the Atlantic divides and connects Africa,
Europe, and the Americas; with notions of black modernity; and with the
intricacies of double consciousness.

Papers are sought for a special interdisciplinary issue of 'Current Writing'
commemorating Gilroy's work on the Black Atlantic as well as his more recent
global approach to post-racial humanism. Whilst Gilroy's notion of the Black
Atlantic constitutes a broad frame of reference for this special issue, the
editors welcome contributions which critically engage with his theses or
refine, develop and extend them into new directions.

Contributions may also deal with larger theoretical issues pertaining to Black
Atlanticism, black modernity, and double consciousness, as well as readings and
rereadings of specific texts within the Black Atlantic and the post-racial
humanist paradigms. Submissions that emphasise African and especially southern
African literatures, cultures and histories from these perspectives are
especially encouraged.

Possible topics could include
· Theoretical issues in Black Atlanticism and/or post-racial
              global humanism
· Black Modernity
· Double Consciousness
· Black Atlanticism from an African perspective
· Southern Africa and the Black Atlantic
· Gender and the Black Atlantic
· Methodologies of the Black Atlantic
· Other aspects of Gilroy's writing

Abstracts of about 500 words should be submitted to the editors by 1 October
2003. Final submissions in the Harvard style, double spaced and not exceeding
7000 words in total (about 45 000 characters including spaces) should be
received by 31 January 2004. For further information, please refer to the
Current Writing homepage or contact
the editors of this issue:

Thomas Olver
Department of English
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 47
CH-8032 Zürich

Stephan Meyer
Zentrum Gender Studies
University of Basel
Bernoulistrasse 28
CH-4057 Switzerland
Fax and phone: ++ 41 61 - 681 20 50

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