Call for Papers: “Racism and Transnationality” of the “Transnational Social Review – A Social Work Journal” (TSR).

Guest editors Caroline Schmitt, Linda L. Semu and Matthias D. Witte

Deadline for submission of proposals is October 15, 2016.

In many countries, right-wing parties such as French National Front (FN) in France or Alternative for Germany (AFD) in Germany, racist movements, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism are on the rise. In the U.S. ongoing discussions about racist discrimination of Black people got stoked up with critical fatal shootings from White policemen against Blacks. The rejection of refugees and attacks on refugee accommodations in Europe henpeck the political discussions and media attention. Questions such as “who belongs to a nation, who is welcome and who is not?” are discussed with great commotion of the population, who controversially argues about “nation-state cultures” and people supposed to be “the others”. These developments take place simultaneously in different countries – and should be taken into account in their interweaving, e.g. if transnational networks exist between racist movements in different countries. The coincidences of various racist discourses and attacks raise up the question how racial ideologies and practices spread, interact and transform across territorial borders and growing parts of society. At the same time, such developments encounter various resistance and protest of civil society and professionals engaged in anti-racist issues.

Race is a social construct, which distinguishes between people and groups on the basis of given or constructed differences. It ascribes difference to supposedly biological lineages of humans and/or perceived cultural varieties. Differences are maximized and essentialized creating positions of an “us” and a “them”. This binary group structure leads to a hierarchy that positions one group as superior over the inferior “other” group. Racism is not only limited to the individual level, but is institutionally and linguistically incorporated into societal structures. While mechanisms and categorization processes of racism are topics of interdisciplinary research, racism is only rarely discussed in its transnational dimensions.

This special issue on “Racism and Transnationality” aims to further pry this desideratum and to capture worldwide dynamics related to racism. It seeks to give an insight into trends and developments in different countries, and into forms of racism, which interact, transcend and transform across territorial borders. A transnational perspective on racism faces precisely on those translation processes, which emerge over time and space in different contexts.

We invite both empirical and theoretical papers, which focus on(but may not be limited to) one or more of the following questions:

Racism across borders: How do ideologies of racism spread worldwide, cross (national) borders and endure or even refine? How do processes of racialization interact with categories such as nationality, ethnicity, class, gender, disability, or religion?

Ambivalences in a transnationalized world: How is the resurgence of anti-immigrant nationalist and populist political movements in different countries related to an increasing globalization – with its free-flow of knowledge and capital on one side and the simultaneous limitation of people’s movements on the other side?

Forms of racism in transnational networks: Which forms of racism get promoted by racist movements and collectives? Where can we observe historical pathways and where and how does racism transform itself? Which kind of transnational networking exists between racist movements and how do these networks advance the upturn of racism as societal figure?

Anti-racist engagement: As a way out of racism, which different anti-racist-approaches exist and which requirements do they impose upon social work?

Requirements for Submissions

Each proposal abstract should contain no more than 500 words and should address the following: background of the proposed article; content outline; and main discussion points.

For those proposals that are accepted, the deadline for submission of full articles is January 23, 2017. The deadlines for the TSR issue focusing on “Racism and Transnationality” are:

  • October 15, 2016 Submission of proposal abstracts
  • January 23, 2017 Submission of full articles
  • February – April 2017 Peer review
  • April – June 2017 Revision of articles, if necessary
  • June 5, 2017 Final submission of publishable articles
  • September 2017 Publication

Articles should be up to 8,000 words in length. The authors are responsible for submitting proofread and anonymized manuscripts. The instructions for authors are available HERE:

For more information on the journal TSR, please visit the homepage:

Inquiries and proposals should be sent to the guest editors via email:

Caroline Schmitt
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Linda L. Semu
McDaniel College Westminster

Matthias D. Witte
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Black Anthology: Fostered & Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space


Fostered & Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

Project: The AN-YA Project is dedicated to empowering the voices of all adopted and persons who were fostered. In their next upcoming manuscript— The AN-YA Project is thrilled to announce that it will co-edit an incredible anthology with nationally known adoption, race educator and activist, Susan Harris O’Connor, on a book solely dedicated to Black Adoptees and Black Persons who were fostered. It will be the first global anthology of its kind to bring together those who are connected by the Black/African Diaspora in adoption and foster care. This includes those who are multi-racial/ethnic who have or believe they have Black/African parentage. This anthology will be a collection of personal encounters, viewpoints, artistic expressions, artistic interpretations, and goals for the direction fostered & adult adoptees are headed.

For submission details, visit HERE.

TransAtlantic Sports Camp For Peace

imageJohn Long, Ed.D. :  The Lilydale First Baptist Foundation, a small, but caring, 501 C3 faith- based organization, located on the far south side of Chicago, is requesting your financial investment in an intercultural and interfaith camp, bringing together youths from different cultures and religions and bridging two national shores.

It is an historic undertaking, because it will take place in a primarily African American neighborhood and is one of the very few programs that connect youths from disadvantaged neighborhoods from two countries in the name of peace and nonviolence. The 20 German youths, primarily of Turkish and African descent and 30 African American youths, ages 12-15, will participate in this camp that integrates sports, i.e., basketball, and German/English language training peace, leadership, and cultural exposure. Read More


Transatlantische Erfahrungen und Perspektiven Schwarzer Deutscher der Nachkriegsgeneration


70 Jahre nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs würdigt dieser Band den Beitrag, den afroamerikanische Soldaten zur Befreiung Deutschlands vom Faschismus geleistet haben, und vereint Stimmen Schwarzer Deutscher der Nachkriegsgeneration. Historische, politische und wissenschaftliche Analysen, persönliche Geschichten, Interviews und literarische Texte fügen sich zu

einem Kaleidoskop zusammen, durch das eine neue Perspektive auf einen fast vergessenen Teil deutscher Geschichte und US-amerikanisch-deutscher Beziehungen entsteht. Ursachen und Auswirkungen von Rassismus in der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart werden ausgelotet und Strategien für positive Veränderungen aufgezeigt.

»Kinder der Befreiung ist ein Meilenstein in der in den vergangenen drei Jahrzehnten entstandenen Literatur über die vielfältige Geschichte Schwarzer Deutscher. Diese Anthologie vereint erstmals Schwarze Stimmen von beiden Seiten des Atlantiks und wirft neue Forschungsfragen zur Wechselwirkung von Rassismus in Deutschland und in den USA in der Zeit nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg auf. Die Texte erzählen keine ›Opfergeschichten‹, sondern sind Gegenentwürfe zu einer von Machtstrukturen bestimmten Geschichtsschreibung und bahnbrechend für eine Neudefinition transnationaler Identitäten. Das Buch ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zur politischen Bildung und gehört in jeden Kurs zur deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte«.
Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr., Professor für Germanistik / Millersville University, PA

Der erste Teil des Bandes ist eine Überblicksstudie zur allgemeinen afro-deutschen Geschichte und Gegenwart und zu den Erfahrungen Schwarzer Deutscher in den USA und ordnet die besondere Geschichte der Nachkriegsgeneration und ihrer Eltern in historische Konstruktionen von »Rasse« und Nation in Deutschland ein. Demgegenüber steht die vielfältige Realität Schwarzer Menschen im Deutschland der Gegenwart.

Der zweite Teil, Life Writing – erlebte Geschichte, veranschaulicht aus persönlicher Sicht Aspekte aus der einleitenden Studie. Im dritten Teil, Perspektivenwechsel, werden aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Perspektiven Problemfelder der afro-deutsch-amerikanischen Geschichte auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks thematisiert und der Begriff »afrikanische Diaspora« kritisch reflektiert. Der vierte Teil enthält ein narratives Interview mit drei Gründerinnen von ADEFRA (Afrodeutsche Frauen) und ein Gespräch mit dem ehemaligen Boxprofi Charly Graf. Das Buch schließt mit fünf lyrischen Reflexionen.