Call for Papers - Thematic Dossier: REMHU, n. 67 (april 2023), n. 68 (august 2023)

2018-05-23

The Journal REMHU is having an open call for papers for a special issue on “Mobilities and Black Diasporas in the Americas” (expected to be published in April 2023). Deadline for submission of articles: January 10, 2023.

Guest editors: Handerson Joseph (UFRGS, Brasil), Bruno Miranda (IISUNAM, México), Cédric Audebert (CNRS, Martinica, França)

Over the past decades, one has witnessed the expansion of Caribbean diasporic poles (Calmont, Audebert, 2007; Audebert, Domenach, 2008) as well as the development of mobilities from Subsaharan Africa in Latin American countries, that took the form of (more or less) temporary settlements and refugee migration. Other mobilities take the form of transit migration in South and Central America, whose objective is to reach the Mexico-US border, mainly in the case of individuals seeking asylum in the latter country (Joseph, Miranda, 2021).

The routes of black migrant populations in the Americas fall within varying spatial and time scales, and determine to a large extent the specificity of their migration experience in the transit and settlement spaces. One of the fundamental features of such migration is the geography of its routes. Indeed, the growing diversity of such South-South migration articulate intra-hemispheric mobility (from the Caribbean basin) and transoceanic mobility (from subsaharan Africa), some of which may ultimately turn into South-North migration at the US-Mexico border. The articulation of mobility scales between the local and the global seems to be crucial to understand the patterns of migratory globalization within which Caribbean and Subsaharan migrations operate in Latin America.

Our special issue aims at developing new perspectives on black diasporas and mobility studies’ conceptual and empirical frameworks, mainly from research that deals with black migrant populations from the Caribbean and Subsaharan Africa, and global ties within the Black Atlantic (Hoffmann, Poiret, Audebert, 2011).

We also seek to reflect on the theme of blackness on the move and in motion as well as on changing diasporas and ethnicities, by focusing on the agency of black individuals and the politization of their presence in a context of mobility.

We aim at giving international visibility to their pathways and experiences characterized and the autonomy of migrants they put into light, in striking contradiction with the miserabilism of state and media perceptions that is legitimized by structural racism in a neocolonial context.

This special issue welcomes contributions addressing the following topics, though not limited to them:

- The racialization of subsaharan migrants in Latin American countries in the 21st  century ;

- Mobilities of black migrants from the Caribbean (Haitians, Cubans, Dominicans, Jamaicans, Puerto Ricans, etc.) in the various migration poles in the Caribbean basin and beyond;

- The emergence of migration corridors by black migrant populations from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, the Caribbean and Subsaharan Africa to the global North, their experience of migration control and securitization at the border;

- The updating of the reflection on the black diaspora in the Americas and on the Black Atlantic as a theoretical and empirical research field.

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Submitted articles should be between 35,000-45,000 characters with spaces (including notes and bibliography) and may be written in English, Italian, Portuguese, French or Spanish. They must describe original research which is not published nor currently under review elsewhere. All submissions will go through the REMHU’s regular peer (double blind) review process. Other information such as bibliographic standards with which all authors are obliged to comply may be found on the REMHU website or on the website of SciELO: http://remhu.csem.org.br/index.php/remhu/about/submissions 

Manuscripts should be submitted online at: http://www.csem.org.br/remhu.

Bibliography

AUDEBERT, Cédric e DOMENACH, Hervé. (2008). “Les migrants caribéens: réseaux et descendance”. Revue européenne des migrations internationale, v. 24, n. 1. https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01456343

CALMONT, André e AUDEBERT, Cédric. (2007). “Dynamiques migratoires de la Caraïbe”. Karthala: collection Terres d'Amériques. https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01456375

HOFFMANN, Odile; POIRET, Christian e AUDEBERT, Cédric. (2011). “La construction de l’altérité dans l’espace noir atlantique : Etats-Unis, France, Caraïbes, Amérique latine”. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, v. 27, n. 1,  https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01456333

JOSEPH, Handerson e MIRANDA, Bruno (Orgs). (2021). (Trans)Fronteriza: Movilidades y diásporas negras en las Americas. 1ª ed., Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: CLACSO. https://www.academia.edu/53170824/Movilidades_y_di%C3%A1sporas_negras_en_las_Americas

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Issue 68 of the Journal, August 2023, will include a dossier on the theme: "Fleeing from armed conflicts". The deadline for submitting articles is April 10, 2023.

The recent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, as well as the ongoing conflicts in Mozambique, Yemen, and Syria, have raised, at the media level, an old problem: human mobility induced by wars and other forms of armed combat. Despite the actions and good intentions of the post-World War II era, numerous conflicts have developed in recent decades at the international, regional, national, or local level. Some are extremely mediatized, while others remain largely invisible.

According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED, 2022) there are 59 active armed conflicts in 2022, which are either between nation states or sometimes involve local armed groups. Some of these conflicts are already of low intensity, with a sudden resumption is always possible. In other cases, even if they have ended, the consequences are still very much alive, especially for the civilian population. And it is precisely the civilian population that suffers the most: in recent years, the number of civilians killed during fighting or due to the consequences of conflicts (shortages of food, shelter, and health care, forced displacement, etc.) has been increasing. In addition to deaths, the conflicts have an impact on the quality of life of millions of people, who are often forced to survive in degrading conditions and without prospects for the future, even with serious consequences in terms of mental health.

Human mobility, in this context, represents a possible strategy for survival and social inclusion. In many cases it is a true escape, without any kind of previous preparation that could mitigate the dangers of the displacement. Even in the land of arrival, to the challenges of integration, which they share with all types of migrants, is added the need to deal with the memories and possible traumas of past events.

This Dossier is interested in articles that address the following topics, in a non-exclusive way:

  1. a) violation of the rights of people fleeing from armed conflict
  2. b) survival strategies of the people involved
  3. c) trajectories of reconstruction of their own lives
  4. d) reception policies and accompaniment by the host countries (including organized civil society).
  5. e) specific situations of women and unaccompanied children.

Submitted articles should be between 35,000-45,000 characters with spaces (including notes and bibliography) and can be written in English, Italian, Portuguese, French or Spanish.

Other information such as bibliographic standards with which all authors are obliged to comply may be found on the REMHU website or on the website of SciELO (Submissions | Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana (csem.org.br)).

Manuscripts should be submitted online at: http://www.csem.org.br/remhu.