A tight embrace is the proposed title for an interdisciplinary, multi-contributed volume examining the recent developments of social, political and economic relations between Europe and Africa to shed new light on the bonds existing between the two areas.
The overall aim of the volume is that of illustrating the existing ties between the continents, promoting a much-needed common narrative putting together Europe and Africa as a single macro-area connected by common and interrelated dynamics. The volume should provide various evidence of the fact that the two continents are entangled in shared systems in which power dynamics are produced and reproduced, in which one action on the one hand can produce a direct effect on the other, for example in the realms of migration, the international commodity market, the agro-food industry, security, and illegal activities.
Current narratives and analyses circulating in the European space tend often to portray the African continent solely as a “other” in respect to which Europe has not direct responsibilities, whether in historical terms or in the light of the recent engagement at the EU-level. At the same time, the notion of “progress” in Africa is still connected to foreign intervention. While the editor fully acknowledges the development goals achieved both by African leaders and civil society, the volume focus deliberately on the contested aspects of Euro-African relations, with the scope of underlining new and old challenges as well as promoting a more fruitful debate and policy-making for the good of both continents. If the effects of globalization, neoliberalism, and the legacies of colonialism have been acknowledged and analyzed in many publications, a clear investigation that focuses on direct cause-effect dynamics in present Euro-Africa relations is still missing to a great extent.
What types of relation link the two continents? What are the resulting geographies of connection? How are specific places in Europe and Africa connected one with the other? How are local African contexts affected by their entanglement with Europe? What are new trends in Europe’s presence in Africa (and viceversa) and what the outcomes? What is the role played by political and economic elites?
Theoretical contributions are also well accepted: how to frame conceptually the ongoing relations between Europe and Africa? Is the neo-colonial label still justified? What cultural constructions underpin present relations?
Submissions are welcomed that contribute directly to history, political sciences, economics, anthropology, women’s and ethnic studies, sociology, or related fields. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are appreciated. A historical perspective – whatever the theme – better fits the goals of the volume but is not a requirement. Africa-based scholars are highly encouraged to submit their proposal.
Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, Euro-Africa connections in the fields of:
- Migration flows and governance
- Extraction of primary resources and import/export
- Capital accumulation, fiscal deals, tax evasion and their consequences
- Dynamics of public services provision (e.g. health, education)
- Agro-food industry and soil usage
- Foreign companies and investments
- Expats, employment and skill transfer
- Illicit activities, trafficking and the like
- Diplomacy and military operations
- Euro-Africa connections in historical archives and/or contemporary public discourse analyses
- Power, politics, contestation, resistance and ideological discourse
- Societal transformations and demographic aspects
- Biographical accounts, daily life experiences
- Diaspora networks
All prospective contributors are invited to submit a Word document with the title of the proposed chapter, and an abstract (600-1000 words) with indication of methodology and sources. Moreover, a brief bio of the author(s) (no more than 250 words, including titles and affiliations) should be included.
Proposals should be submitted via email attachment to Marco Zoppi (email@example.com) by 15 December, 2018. Invited authors will need to submit full text by April 15, 2019. Final chapter length will be 6500-8000 words (including bibliography), and submitted chapters should not have been previously published, as the book will be peer reviewed before publication.
Prospective contributors are welcome to get in touch with the editor for further information.
Dr. Marco Zoppi (Research Assistant at the University of Bologna, Italy)
Proposals should be submitted via email attachment to Marco Zoppi (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 December, 2018