Pol44
Race and racial relations: Africa and beyond

Convenors:
Mojana Vargas (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)
Stream:
Politics and International Relations
Location:
Appleton Tower, Room M1
Session slots:
1
Friday 14 June, 10:45 - 12:30

Short abstract:

Discussions on race and racism have been ongoing for a long time in the various territories of the African diaspora. More recently, these debates have also gained prominence in African territories, especially among the youth.

Long abstract:

Discussions on race and racism have been ongoing for a long time in the various territories of the African diaspora. More recently, these debates have also gained prominence in African territories, especially among the youth. In the former, racial relations reflect the legacy of slavery. African former colonies reflect colonization and its organization and functioning mechanisms, that created diverse forms of self-reproduction even in political regimes led by the postcolonial black elites, associating class and gender differences to the pre-existing social stratification arrangements. In this context, issues like land tenure, lack of democracy in governments, gender inequality and restrictions on the individual rights of various minorities emerge on the political scene, as in the recent debates in Zimbabwe and South Africa over the expropriation of white landowners, or conflicts between South Africans and immigrants considered "darker". This situation added the element of xenophobia to an already complex situation. This panel welcomes papers that address these issues preferably from an intersectional perspective, in connection with the ongoing discussions with the different diaspora territories, to identify and map the mechanisms for the exchange of ideas and the formation of networks between Africa, the Black Atlantic and Black Mediterranean spaces.