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African diaspora Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:17:49 +0000 From: Jack Lord <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: H-Africa@h-net.msu.edu Call for panellists: Children and migration in Africa and the African diaspora at the European Social Science History Conference, 23-26 April 2014 Following a successful interdisciplinary workshop on children and migration in Africa, held at SOAS, University of London in 2012, we invite abstracts for papers that explore this theme further. We particularly welcome papers that will expand the geographical scope of the panel into the African diasporas and that emphasise the experience of children themselves. While African children are heavily involved in migration, they remain obscure in grey and scholarly literatures dominated by the male labour migratory model. Furthermore, work on young migrants often conflates the social categories of ‘child’ and ‘youth’ and children themselves are divided into the binary states of agents or victims. Although recent scholarship on children and migration in Africa has acknowledged the importance of African children as discrete agents in migratory processes, analytical shortcomings remain. Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following issues: family structures, patterns of fosterage, child circulation between Africa, Europe and the Americas, the role of education, child labour, religion and ritual, cultural exchange and conceptions of place and ‘home’. Interested scholars should send us an abstract in English (max. 250 words) and a short bio (max. 200 words) by 15 April 2013. Marie Rodet email@example.com Jack Lord firstname.lastname@example.org Elodie Razy email@example.com -- Jack Lord Senior Teaching Fellow | Department of History | SOAS Past & Present Society Postdoctoral Fellow | Institute of Historical Research