The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, January 18, 2008

CFP/Publications: African and Black Diaspora

Courtesy of Mary Stevens. Thanks Mary!

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal

Call for Papers

The Editors of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal are pleased to announce a special edition on MUSEUMS IN THE METROPOLE: Slavery, Colonialism, and Postcolonial Memory which examines various exhibition sites and provide contextualization for the public discourse triggered by their creation.


Africa and Europe are symbiotically connected through a long history of contact informed by slavery, colonialism, immigration, and various transnational practices. In recent years, these histories have informed both national and pan-European debates concerning the historical legacies of these encounters – as exemplified in cultural, economic, political, and social phenomena, as well as in current reformulations in contemporary Europe as they concern transhistorical links and impact immigrant populations and ethnic minorities. These have included reflection on the limits of reparation, restitution, and memory, and ultimately concerned national identity, ethnic minorities, and the parameters of a multicultural Europe. Important scholarship, such as Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, Christopher L. Miller’s The French Atlantic Triangle, and Olivier Pétré-Grenouilleau’s La traitre des noirs have foregrounded the centrality of these questions to current (post)colonial frameworks, and the study and reassessment of the colonial era is rapidly reforming curricular interests and orientation in Europe.

The role of European nations in the slave trade and in colonialism (Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, among others) has been acknowledged, although the assessment of their respective roles remains contested; nevertheless, this history has been explored in a multiplicity of ways throughout Europe in such diverse spaces as museums: the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum (Bristol, U.K.), Musée Quai Branly (Paris, France), Centre National pour l’Histoire de l’Immigration (Paris, France), the International Slavery Museum (Liverpool, U.K.), the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium); special exhibits such as at the Hackney Museum (London, U.K.) and the National Maritime Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands); and finally through such monuments as the National Monument Slavernijverleden (National Monument to the legacy of slavery) in Oosterpark, Amsterdam.

Prospective contributors are invited to send proposals for articles in the form of a 200-word abstract by March 31, 2008, and will be asked to submit articles in final form (in English) by the strict deadline of 15 December 2008.

All communications regarding the special edition should be directed to the Guest Editor, Professor DOMINIC THOMAS (University of California, Los Angeles), by e-mail: dominict@humnet.ucla.edu. Informal enquiries are most welcome, and the Guest Editor will be happy to discuss individual suggestions.

African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal is devoted to a critical interrogation of the trans/national movements, locations and intersections of subjectivity within the African diaspora in the context of globalization as well as in different discourses, practices and political contexts. The journal maps and navigates the theoretical and political shifts imposed by the nation-state to provide a counter-narrative of subject positions of people of the African diaspora, grounded in cultural and political responses.

For more information about the journal, please visit: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t777764754~db=al

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