P30
Diaspora communities: past and present history(ies)

Convenors:
Solange Luis (Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação da Huíla)
Location:
B1 0.06
Sessions:
Thursday 18 July, 16:30-18:00

Short abstract:

African diaspora has a long history that goes back as far as the slave trade and forced migration, representing today a fundamental part of societies all over the world. Its importance in terms of presence and cultural significance is rarely acknowledged to a full extent.

Long abstract:

The history of the word “diaspora” shows a very broad set of interpretations and it is currently a fundamental concept to discuss mobility, peripheral cultures, socioeconomic privilege and access to education as well as to the public spaces and structures. For the African Union the African Diaspora consists “of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent." African diaspora has a long history that goes back as far as the slave trade and forced migration, representing today a fundamental part of societies all over the world. Its importance in terms of presence and cultural significance is rarely acknowledged to a full extent. The invisibility of such communities within the spheres of power is actually generalized and their representation in social media is also often marked by different forms of prejudice and exclusion. In this panel we encourage contributions on the history of African diaspora as well as on the many forms of its political importance, expressions and struggles.