Reconnecting with the Homeland ( Chapter of an edited collection on The Postcolonial Subject in Transit)

deadline for submissions: 
July 8, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Reconnecting with the Homeland (Chapter of an edited collection on The Postcolonial Subject in Transit)

The editor is looking for chapters on the theme “Reconnecting with the Homeland” that reveals how postcolonial African diasporic writers present African migrants’ desire to reconnect and even return to their countries of origin. This is particularly prevalent in emerging African diasporic writings, where writers show how migrants’ frustrations and estrangement in the West force them to rethink the meaning of home. Migrants’ cultural exclusion abroad forces them to look for home that is culturally inclusive and familiar. They want to move away from being otherized and marginalized based on their race and identity. Writers show that home is not a fixed or static location, but produced through a range of home-making practices that bind the material and imaginative geographies of home closely together. Although faced by crumbling state of affairs back home, some migrants succeed in establishing themselves economically in their countries of origin; whereas others continue to feel the burden of the dilapidating economies and political systems.

Timeline for Project Completion: Prospective contributors should send their 250-500 word abstract, along with a 100 word biography by Friday, July 8, 2016 and expect notification of selection by Friday, July 22, 2016. Final papers will be due on Friday, November 18, 2016 and will be subject to peer review. The editor encourages potential contributors to establish early contact via email to fongangd@uww.edu (Fongang Delphine).