Migration, Belonging, and Afro-Europeanness: Current Articulations and Future Perspectives

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeastern Modern Language Association

This panel aims to explore how writers and filmmakers have articulated questions of Blackness and Europeanness, migration and cultural belonging, colonial histories and decolonial futures.

In recent decades, artists, scholars, and activists from all over Europe have interrogated and problematized wishful narratives about Europe as a democratic stronghold and a multicultural, borderless space. Working in different media, forms, and genres, these works address urgent questions, such as the racialization of migration, the persistent social and economic inequalities of urban spaces, and the legacies of repressed colonial histories.

This panel seeks contributions that engage this diverse production in relation to different national or transnational configurations, recent or less recent waves of migration, and future perspectives. How is Afro-Europeanness articulated in different regions of Europe? What antiracist or decolonial artistic practices have been emerging from the peripheral South and from the economically hegemonic North? How do these practices participate in, contest, or reframe dynamics of formation of the nation-state, specifically in light of current racialized constructions of national belonging? How do other scales, such as the Black Mediterranean or the African global diaspora, interact with national and continental formations?


Please submit your abstract at this link before September 30, 2021: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19166


The conference will take place in Baltimore from March 10 to March 13, 2022.