CfP: "Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora" (Oxford, June 2019)

African Studies Centre & St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers and Panels for a two-day Conference on ‘Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora’ which will be held at the University of Oxford, from 27-28 June, 2019.
Update: Deadline for submissions extended to 31 December 2018.

From the fatal shooting of the 17-year old Trayvon Martin inFlorida, United States,and the recent deportation threats faced by the Windrush generation in Britainto the continued practices of dehumanisation experienced by black Africans in Mauritania and contemporary resistance to Empire and its devastating consequences as symbolised by the #RhodesMustFall movement in South Africa and Oxford, racialisation of black people in Africa and in the Diasporaandthe attendant (counter-)hegemonic reactions and/or resistance to racialisation have transplanted the DuBoisian twentieth-century problem into that of the twenty-first century.

Against this backdrop, this conference will address the contemporary problem of racialisation in Africa and the African Diaspora(old and new). The conference organisers are particularly interested in how to approach and analyse racial phenomenain terms of the processes by which ideas about race are constructed, given meaning, and acted upon (Murji and Solomons 2005)in publiclife and how people of African descent are racialised as the Other, and so become, ‘objects of knowledge, power, and cultural criticism’(Gilroy 1993: 5).

Find more information in the attached call.