Nevertheless, in proportion to its growing size, the New African Diaspora in the United States, particularly the second generation constitutes one of the least studied groups. Much of the existing research has focused on the second generation whose parents came from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.

In seeking to redress this dearth of scholarship on this growing segment of the US population, the guest editors of this special issue of ABD seek articles on the lives and experiences of second generation African immigrants to provide insight into the intersection of immigrant cultures and mainstream expectations, as this group seeks to define and redefine being and becoming American. We are specifically interested in theoretically oriented and empirically based research that explores issues of racial and ethnic identity, transnationalism, economic, professional and social attainment.

We are especially interested in papers that address one or more of the following questions:

What structural factors and inequalities, political dynamics, cultural and social processes affect the ethnic, racial and other identities that have developed among the African immigrant second generation?
How do generation, gender, race, class and parents’ national-origin status affect the identity formation of second generation African immigrants?
How do second generation African immigrants understand and navigate racial identities? In particular, how do they view themselves in relationship to African Americans and others who self-identify as black?
Do they accept established categories of racial identity? How do they interpret, negotiate, reconcile or contest their ethnic and racial identities? And in what ways do this things create new dimensions of on-going debates about race in the US?
What are the socio-economic achievements of the second generation, especially in relation to their parents and other social groups?
What kind of transnational practices and engagements characterize the lives of the African immigrant second generation? For instance, how does the new second generation of African immigrants build upon, expand or diverge from the transnational experiences of their parents?
What notions of self and values do they transmit to their children?

Deadlines and Timeline

Prospective authors should submit an Abstract (250-300 words in length) by March 10, 2017. Authors should send their abstract attached as a word document to the guest editors: Please be sure to include the following: full name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email and contact mailing address). Notices of acceptance of abstracts will be sent to authors by March 15th, 2017.

Paper (6000-8000 words) must be submitted by August 30, 2017 for peer-review for special issue of the journal, African and Black Diaspora, and for consideration for presentation at the 60TH Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association to be held in Chicago, IL (November 15-19 2017).

Authors should send their abstract attached as a word document to the guest editors by March 10. kkebede[at]