7th Annual Summer School on BLACK EUROPE

Thank you for the reminder Angela Shaw. Every year I say I am going to take this course one summer. I have to ensure that it comes to pass.

Black Europe

7th Annual Summer School on Black Europe
Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 23 – July 4, 2014

The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 7th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 23rd to July 4th, 2014 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain).*

The Summer School on Black Europe will be held at:

International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)
Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination.

The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union.

This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the “other” are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized “other”; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2013 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries.

Affiliated Faculty Members include:


(More Faculty Info)



The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) .

Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions (excluding an optional excursion to Paris).

The Paris excursion includes participation in a workshop on Migration and Social Movements at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) in Paris.

Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.

For more information over the Summer School, please email:
blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com

K. Nimako, Director
Email: obee [at] telfort.nl

Mano Delea, Project Manager
Email: mano.delea [at] gmail.com

Camilla Hawthorne, Coordinator North America
Email: camilla.hawthorne [at] Berkeley.edu

Giovanni Picker, Coordinator East/Central Europe & Russia
Email: giovanni.picker [at] gmail.com


About the Center

Logo Dialogo Global


DIÀLEG GLOBAL (Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization promoting research, knowledge-making, education (through seminars, workshops, exhibits, round-tables discussions, publications and video-making) and public policy to invent and work towards non-competitive horizons of life, of socio-economic organization and international relations. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations emerge from within civil and political society to address issues that are not supported or attended to by government and corporations. Their function is crucial in building futures that are beyond the regulations of States or the needs of the Corporations. In order for civil and political society to become relevant actors in social transformation and pointing out the limits of corporate values and state regulation, it is necessary to create institutions of knowledge-making not at the service of the state or corporations, but to the benefit of the civil society.

For further inquiries and information, please send e-mail to blackeurope [at] dialogoglobal.com.
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During the Summer School, we will also be hosting the International Symposium on Black Europe 2014. The 2013 Symposium on Black Europe was titled, Inside Black Europe: Racial Configurations in the Post 9/11 Era (in Europe). Click here for information on the 2012 Symposium.


* Previous sessions of the Summer School on Black Europe were organized in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NiNsee, the National Institute for the study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy.

Protecting migrant women from sex trafficking and prostitution, and presenting them with real alternatives

The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA, the migrant women’s network, invite you to:

Migrant Women need Choices not Exploitation

Protecting migrant women from sex trafficking and prostitution, and presenting them with real alternatives

Date:       Thursday, 28th June
Time:       2pm to 4.30pm

Venue:    Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre,
27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Migrant women constitute approximately 97 per cent of those involved in prostitution in Ireland.  The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA believe prostitution is not a legitimate choice for women.  This seminar will explore how to protect vulnerable migrant women from exploitation in the sex industry, and how to present them with legitimate alternative options.

The event will be addressed by:

  • Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development.
  • Rossi Yaneva, an expert with the Human Trafficking Commission in Bulgaria and the Director of Bourgas shelter for survivors of prostitution.
  • Denise Charlton, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
  • Salome Mbugua, CEO of AkiDwA.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland and AkiDwA are leading members of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, which lobbies for the end of sex trafficking and prostitution.

RSVP to Stephen Bannon at campaign_intern@immgirantcouncil.ie  ph 6458049

Africa Week Athletics Event 2012 oneracehumanrace Invitation

Date: Saturday 26th  May 2012

Venue: Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin

As part of Africa Week 2012, the Dublin Multicultural Resource Centre (DMRC)  with Sport  Against Racism Ireland (SARI),Cradle, in partnership with a broad group of NGOs will stage a unique event,oneracehumanrace.

The long term goal of this programme is to encourage integration through participation in sport and help address this imbalance in participation

by people of an immigrant background or minority ethnic background,  particularly  people of an African background.

A range of athletic events for juveniles from U-8 to U-16 as well as junior, senior and masters’ events will be held.

Please note that entry to all events from U-8 to U-12 is free. For all U-14, U-16, junior, senior and masters events, there is an entry fee of €5 per competitor per event.

If you want  more details contact Habib at (01) 873 0684 or email info@dmrc.ie.

DMRC Website:  www.dmrc.ie 

Dublin Multicultural Centre,
44 Lower Gardiner Street,
Dublin 1,

AkiDwA’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations: Fundraising and Recognition Dinner, 23 September 2011


We would like to cordially invite you to attend AkiDwA’s 10th Anniversary Fundraising and Recognition Dinner on the 23rd of September 2011, to be held at the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. 

Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA- Swahili for sisterhood), was established in August 2001 by a group of African women to address the needs of an expanding population of African and migrant women residing in Ireland. To mark our organisation’s achievements and the strength of the migrant women we have worked with over the years, and to recognise the crucial work that individuals and organisations have played in our success, we have planned a programme of activities, from the 12th of September to the 23rdSeptember 2011, across the country (full programme of activities attached). 

Our final event will be a fundraising and recognition dinner, on the 23rd of September, at which those who have supported AkiDwA’s mission of promoting equality and justice for migrant women, will be acknowledged and awarded a certificate of recognition. 

Tickets for this evening event are €70 per person and €650 per table of ten. Each ticket enters the individual into a draw with prizes including a return flight for two to Mombasa, Kenya, a two-night B&B stay for two at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin or the Gresham Metropole in Cork and free Swahili lessons for beginners at the Dublin Swahili Institute. 

Please contact our Development and Event Officer Amaka Okonkwo at amaka@akidwa.ie or at 01 834 9851 by 1st September 2011 with your interest or to book tickets, which must be purchased before or on this date.

View the full list of anniversary activities.

Powerful woman – Benedicta Attoh – Social activist in Ireland

Benedicta Attoh

Benedicta Attoh – Activist

Benedicta Attoh is the founder of Dreamworld Leadership Initiative for Girls. She is an Executive and Life Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Motivational Speaker and an Independent Consultant in diversity management. She worked with the DePaul Trust and Simon Community; both organizations are working to end homelessness in Ireland.

She is a member of several boards and has been nominated and received several awards for her intercultural work including the Rehab/Louth person of the year 2007, the Edmund Rice’s award for achievement (2008), Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award 2009 for her leadership work with women in Ireland and the Bold and Beautiful award for Excellence and Achievement (2009).

Read more about Benedicta: http://dlifg.org/our-board/58-benedicta-attoh.html. She was included in the Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Ireland – Sirmelja – A Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland

An Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland

About Sirmelja’s blog:

Early 40-something psychologist and personal coach on a voyage of self-discovery and needing a shot of something new in her life. So, off I go to Ireland! This blog is my way of keeping friends and family up to date, and giving myself a place to talk out loud. If anybody else wants to read it, they’re welcome to as well. I can’t guarantee it’s (always) going to be fascinating, erudite, consistently updated, or even vaguely intellectual.

Visit a Jamaican-American Expat in Cork, Ireland.