Call for Papers: African European Studies Conference (AfroEurope@ns V) – University of Münster, 16-19 September 2015

AfroEuropeans-Conference-LogoThe fifth African European Studies conference (AfroEurope@ns V: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe) will be held at the University of Münster (Germany) from 16th to 19th September 2015.

The event has been organised as an inter-disciplinary conference with papers covering literature, history, music, theatre, art, translation, politics, immigration, youth culture and European policies. Afroeurope@ns V brings together scholars, critics, activists and artists to debate and discuss these issues.


Conference information for  AfroEurope@ns V: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Conference information for AfroEurope@ns V: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe

With contributions envisaged from across Europe, Africa and Asia, and the Americas, the conference will enhance the field of African European Studies as well as lead the way towards a new awareness of the essential contributions of Europe’s black populations in all fields.

Abstracts for AfroEurope@ns V  (up to 300 words, written in English) should be submitted no later than 1 March 2015  via the conference website:

The academic committee will reply to all submissions no later than 15 April 2015.

Submissions addressing the following topic and themes are welcomed:

  • Racism(s) and austerity: comparative approaches across Europe
  • Colonial remains and historical interaction between Africa and Europe
  • Comparative diaspora studies: African Caribbeans, African Europeans, African Americans
  • Resistance and resistive practices
  • Growing up African European: e.g. youth culture; adoption; children’s literature
  • Education: Primary, secondary, tertiary
  • African European book studies: translation, publication, reception
  • Digital displacement and virtual communities
  •  ‘Remember the ship in citizenship’ (John Agard): visions and crises of multicultures
  • Border control: refugees, migrants, visitors
  • Faith and religious practice: basis for stigmatization and community formation
  • Gender and queer lifestyles: activism and marginalization
  • Behind the headlines: health, development, aid
  • Black European urban and rural spaces

Presentations are not restricted to written academic texts; they can also include performances, readings, panel discussions, and workshops. Individual contributions should extend to no more than twenty minutes and can be presented in English, Spanish, French, or German.

The full conference programme will be published online by 31 July 2015 c/o, and it is intended that a selection of the featured papers will be published after the conference.

Further information about the proposed conference programme and the call for papers (from which the details in this blog post have been summarised) are available online at the following websites:

‘AfroEurope@ns: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe’ is an international research and development group funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Contact: Professor Mark Stein

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