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CfP: Catastrophe or catalyst? African and African Diasporas’ visions arising from World War One

Deadline: 1. März 2014

"World War One was a critical juncture not only in European History. Despite the renewed interest surrounding the 100th anniversary of the “Great War”, the global and especially the extra-European dimensions of this “seminal catastrophe” of the 20th century (Kennan) are still widely understudied. This is particularly true for Africa, the continent second- most involved in the war, and for the African Diasporas in North America and Europe. Both took a more active part in the fighting as well as in the search for a new Africa than is commonly acknowledged. The previously unimaginable scale of the conflict brought new experiences of warfare, mechanized violence and colonial power. But they also helped to generate new ideas and demands for political, economic and social change; the emergence new religious movements; and, radically altered visions of Africa’s future. For instance, the First World War can be seen as an important catalyst of visions ultimately leading to the end of colonial rule." [...]

Montag Februar 24 2014 01:44