February 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Event Location:
The University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

Presented by the Department of Black Studies and Department of Statistics, University of Missouri, Columbia


Migration has played a central role in the histories of Africans and their descendants. For some, migration was entirely voluntary while others were forced to move due to violence, political destabilization, ecological degradation, or other upheavals. Black migrations have also resulted in more diverse and stratified interracial populations that have reshaped the societies of the receiving areas. In more recent periods, scholars have begun exploring the impact out-migration and return migration have had on the development and stability of various majority-black societies. In addition, scholars, students, and community organizers have been examining the relationship of migration to voting and democracy.


This one-day symposium will examine black migrations to include relocations within and beyond the US. Symposium organizers seek papers that discuss various periods and streams of migration that have shaped the histories and contemporary realities of African people and their descendants. Papers exploring the impacts and importance of migration on black populations from all time periods and geographic locations are welcome. Symposium organizers are especially interested in work that addresses the following areas:


Impacts of Black Migrations on Democracy and Voting

African American Migrations (internal and international)

Agency of black people within forced migration

Black migration and family formation/kinship ties

Black migration and gender

Black sexuality and migration

Caribbean, Afro-Latin American, and African migrations worldwide

Demographics of black migration: historical and contemporary trends

Documenting black migrations in the digital age

Methodologies for modeling migration flows

Negotiating migrant realities

Race, class, and migration

The migration industry and its impacts on black populations

Theoretical formulations on black migration and migrant-identity politics