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THE AFRICAN ATLANTIC: THE MAKING OF BLACK DIASPORAS KING ALFRED'S COLLEGE, WINCHESTER, ENGLAND THE COLLEGIUM FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN RESEARCH (CAAR) APRIL 13 TO 16, 2003 CALL FOR PAPERS This conference will seek to take the longest and widest perspectives, viewpoints, and positions that speakers, panels and contributors can bring to the notions of the African Atlantic and the Black Diaspora. It will focus on the old triangle of Africa, the Americas and Europe as in previous conferences. However, by pulling back and out, other coasts and other worlds come into view. The Pacific of cities, states and provinces stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego is a boundary of the Black Diaspora which calls for our examination, exegesis, evocation. There is also a triangle created by the Americas, Asia and Africa. Are there disaporic links to be made across the Pacific to the Africa of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique? And what of the diaspora that goes beyond geography? Is African American expansion on-line and into the net a replication of African American experience in the Americas or are new ways of being and of seeing on offer? What kind of space is black Cyberland? Who lives there? Who is making this diaspora? Where are they taking black music, art, language, politics? Millennial promises of peace, reconciliation and harmony have been soured by continuing political, social and ethnic fracture. Where are Civil Rights Movements to go now? Has the Durban Racism Conference shown a way forward or a way nowhere? Reparation or Repossession? Is Globalization simply an extension of American Imperium; are we also witnessing the African Americanization of World Culture? We are planning to make strong contacts through the conference with Britain's Afro-Caribbean and other Black communities, and we ask that you think of creating panels which can take the best advantage of Europe's most ethnically diverse country. As in the previous CAAR conferences, the program committee welcomes papers that approach African-American Studies from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. Workshops should have no more than eight slots. Since CAAR encourages international cooperation, we would ask that workshop organizers either recruit some of the participants from countries other than their own or leave at least half of the slots open. Proposals should be as short and to the point as possible (no more than one page). All proposals should include title of paper/workshop, a brief abstract, and should include your name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address. Please send your proposals by EMAIL (with the text of the proposal included in the email, NOT as an attachment). The deadline for proposals is 1 September 2002. Please send proposals to: Carl Pedersen President of CAAR University of Southern Denmark email: firstname.lastname@example.org