Transition Magazine

Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling ideas from and about the black world. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the African Diaspora 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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Transition Call for Papers: Childhood

Calling young poets
Deadline: August 15, 2016.

Transition Magazine seeks poetry by writers under 18 years old that speaks to the experience of black childhood. We welcome submissions of 1-3 poems or a total of 8 pages from each poet and we are especially interested in work that touches on:

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Transition Call for Papers: Religion

Transition invites submissions reflecting on the role of religion in Africa and the African diaspora. We are particularly interested in essays, interviews, poetry, fiction, and visual art which engage the following themes from a fresh geographic, cultural, and social perspective:

• The role and meaning of religion in the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on religion in “homing” new spaces
• Diaspora religion as a “globalizing force” in the context of modernity
• Conflict, migration, and resettlement triggered by inter-religious and intra-religious confrontation.

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Transition Call for Papers: Childhood

Transition seeks submissions for an upcoming cluster on children and childhood in Africa and the African diaspora. Work may provide windows into children's experiences, childhood memoirs, examinations of childhood as a political or cultural idea, or creative collaborations with young people themselves. We welcome nonfiction submissions of up to 6000 words as well as fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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Hilton Als' "Islands" named to The Best American Essays 2015

Islands
by Hilton Als

This essay was first published in Transition 113 and has been selected to appear in The Best American Essays 2015 compilation.

Falling through memory, Als juxtaposes a day spent with his intimate friend—a man he “loves like no other”—with arresting recollections of a childhood summer spent in Barbados, when sexual maturation sundered him from his brother.

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Steve Biko On My Mind

by Xolela Mangcu

"As Biko put it himself rather prophetically shortly before he died: 'You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead you can’t care anyway. And your method of death can itself be a politicizing thing.'"

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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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