We are re-opening our call for personal and scholarly essays for an upcoming book: Being Bicultural and Black (tentative title) that will be published with Lexington Press. The text will highlight migrations within the African Diaspora, between Africa and the Diaspora, and within Africa. The text will provide an analysis of how increased migrations have created shifts in what it means to be Black, examining what it means to be Black in diverse cultural contexts. The book uses a Pan African lens to examine what it means to be Black or African. Meaning, what it means to inhabit a Black or African racial identity, but inhabit multiple Black or African cultural identities.

Scholarly Essays

The text is looking for scholarly works produced from research on the relationships between identity, culture, and Black and African global migration patterns. These scholarly contributions can focus on any of the following topics, but are not limited to these topics:

  • Return African migration back to the continent
  • Contemporary African Diaspora migration to the continent
  • African and Diaspora migrant communities in South Africa
  • The rise of Afropolitcan identities
  • Dialogues between Afropolitanism and Pan Africanism
  • Interactions between Black immigrant communities and African Americans in the United States
  • Interactions between Black immigrant communities Europe
  • Being Black in Europe: The dichotomy between African and African American migrant experiences in Europe

Personal Essays

Personal essays should be reflections on the experiences and/or observations of the author. Essays should begin by reflecting on how authors self-identify. Essays should then focus on answering at least one of the following questions:

  • Have you always had a dual identity, or have you moved between both identities?
  • How has being bicultural framed your identity?
  • How did your adolescence differ from that of your peers?
  • How has being bicultural shaped your activism?
  • How has being bicultural framed what is means to be Black or African in _________ for you?
  • How did being in a bicultural household shape how you were raised?
  • How have your experiences shaped your adoption of one culture over the other, or your adoption of both cultures?
  • How have your dating experiences or patterns been impacted by you being bicultural?
  • How has your cultural background impacted how you have raised, or will raise, your children?
  • How have racial constructs of ________ society impacted you?
  • How has being bicultural impacted your relationship with both communities?

December 29: Deadline for authors to submit an abstract (scholarly essays) or notify us of their intention to contribute an essay (personal essays)

March 1: Deadline for the submission of scholarly and personal essays

Submissions and questions should be sent to the book’s co-editors: Dr. Msia Kibona Clark (Msia.clark@howard.edu), Department of African Studies at Howard University; Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu (phiwokuhle.mnyandu@Howard.edu), Department of African Studies at Howard University; Loy Azalia (loy.azalia@gmail.com), Department of African Studies at Howard University


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