Transition Magazine

Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the black world and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Now, in an age that demands ceaseless improvisation, we aim to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world. Transition is a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, published three times annually by Indiana University Press. On Twitter at @Transition_Mag

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Current Issue

Transition updates Countee Cullen’s iconic question by asking, What is Africa to me now? A soul-searchingly private query, its ramifications nevertheless play out in profoundly public ways, around issues of immigration, racial and ethnic tension, and the search for belonging. Forthcoming, April 2014.

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Mapping Arts Project

The Mapping Arts Project maps cities through places where artists have lived and worked historically. Each city in the project focuses on a specific time period, connecting artists to places where they have lived, worked, or visited through maps, photographs and documents, and ethnographic and historical narratives. The project was created by artist and cultural anthropologist Lara Stein Pardo, and is run by Blackbird Arts and Research.

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Harvard Afro-Latin American History Professor to Edit Transition Magazine

The Hutchins Center at Harvard University has announced the appointment of Alejandro de la Fuente as the new editor of Transition, the longest running Pan-African cultural magazine in history. Under professor de la Fuente’s leadership, the journal will extensively broaden its print and online distribution, and will highlight emerging Afro-Latin perspectives, while continuing to publish thoughtful reflection from and about the continent of Africa and its diasporas. “For over 50 years, Transition has been the critical and learned voice of the Diaspora.

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