Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland

by Danielle Porter Sanchez and Toyin Falola

About Danielle Porter Sanchez

Danielle Porter Sanchez is an assistant professor of history at Muhlenberg College. She holds a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s in History from The University of Texas at Austin. Danielle Sanchez’s research focuses on daily life in Brazzaville during the Second World War. Her previous publications include African Culture and Global Politics and multiple book chapters.

About Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group. Toyin Falola has published numerous books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide, Nationalism and African Intellectuals, and many edited books including Tradition and Change in Africa and African Writers and Readers. He is the coeditor of the Journal of African Economic History and the general editor of the Cambria African Studies Series.

About the contributors

Nicole Gregoire is a Belgo-Congolese Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow and Belgian American Educational Foundation Honorary Fellow in Florida International University’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program. She holds a PhD in social and political sciences from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium.

Rahel Kuflu is a doctoral student at the School of Historical and Contemporary Studies at Sodertorn University in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds a BA and MA in history from Stockholm University. Her dissertation examines the identity formations among the Protestants in colonial Eritrea. With sources written by the first generations of the so-called Kenisha themselves, as well as sources from the Swedish Evangelical Mission who at that time were active in Eritrea, she explores the discursive decolonizing processes of the Kenisha. Rahel's research interests include intersections of race and gender and black subjectivity.

Genet Lakew is a digital content producer at the National Urban League in New York City. She holds an MA in Africana Studies from New York University and an undergraduate degree in print journalism from Howard University. She is a freelance writer, with article contributions to Africa is a Country, Warscapes Magazine, and, as well as a chapter on media in Ethiopia in Re-Imagining Development Communication in Africa.

Ramon A. Fonkoué is an assistant professor of French and culture studies in the Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University. He received a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, Maîtrise, and a Licence from the University of Yaoundé I.

Kevin Brooks is a professor of English at North Dakota State University where he teaches courses on English Studies, composition, visual culture and language, and advanced writing. He received his PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from Iowa State University, a MA in English Literature from the University of Calgary, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Winnipeg. Kevin Brooks has published widely in journals, including Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Cultur , The Journal of Popular Culture, and Composition Studies.

Céline Jacquemin is the Associate Dean for Student and Curricular Affairs and an Associate Professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She received her PhD and MA from the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as an expert witness for political asylum cases and has published on female genital mutilation, genocide, and human rights.

Yasmina Fawaz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of French and Italian at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned a BA in English literature and French from Andrews University and an MA in French literature from the University of Georgia. Her research interests are centered around the question of identity construction in West African and Mauritian literature as well as ecocriticism.

Chantell Smith is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia in the Department of Romance Languages, specializing in Hispanic studies. Her research interests include contemporary Latin American narrative, Afro-Hispanic studies, and African diaspora studies. Her dissertation project examines three neoslave narratives/historical fiction novels from across the Americas and the relation of race, gender and national identity.

Terrence Musanga is a doctoral student in the Department of English, University of Venda, South Africa and a lecturer in the Department of English and Communication, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe. His PhD thesis is on the depiction of migration and identity in Zimbabwean literature from 1980 to 2010.


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