European Journal of English Studies Thematic Issue: DEBATING THE AFROPOLITAN

Deadline for proposals: 31 October 2015

European Journal of English Studies

In her ‘Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)’ (2005), Taiye Selasi introduced the term ‘Afropolitan’ as a coinage that aims at capturing the embodied experiences of a younger generation of African diasporic subjects living in contemporary world cities. Since then, the term has been claimed by many who have identified themselves with the realities Selasi depicts in her essay, while it has also been challenged by others for its alleged class, racial, and ethnic bias, and even by its purported complicity with cultural commodification processes. In the light of these debates, the issue will explore Afropolitanism as a framework for the analysis of contemporary phenomena affecting those subjects and subjectivities that emerge at the intersections of African and urban materialities. It will do this by examining a variety of cultural, linguistic and literary expressions of Afropolitan populations of the post-1960s generations in European contexts. We seek contributions that analyse the complex interactions of race, ethnicity, gender, class, or age in the formation of contemporary Afro-diasporic subjectivities, as well as their intersections with spatial/material issues. Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Configurations of Afro-diasporic materialities in contemporary cultural representations
  • Challenges and alternatives to ‘Afropolitanism’: theories, politics, identities
  • Socio-economic, cultural and emotional networks in the (re)production of Afro-diasporic identities and identifications
  • Intersections of gender, post-/ de-colonial and urban/spatial studies
  • Afropolitan performances: drama, rhythms, visualities, discourses and styles
  • Literary, linguistic and performative (re)creations of Afro-diasporic materialities
  • The Afropolitan as a ‘cosmopolitan’ figure: challenges and potential

Submission instructions

Detailed proposals (up to 1,000 words) for essays of no more than 7,500 words, as well as all inquiries regarding this issue, should be sent to all three editors: Emilia María Durán-AlmarzaCarla Rodríguez González and Ananya J. Kabir.

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