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

APPLY HERE

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:

  • DR. MARTA ARAUJO, UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA (PORTUGAL)
  • DR. PHILOMENA ESSED, ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY
  • DR. JEANETTE DAVIDSON, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • DR. DAVID THEO GOLDBERG, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • DR. RAMON GROSFOGUEL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
  • DR. DIENKE HONDIUS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
  • DR. KWAME NIMAKO, UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
  • DR. STEPHEN SMALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
  • DR. MELISSA F. WEINER, COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
  • DR. GLORIA WEKKER, UNIVERSITEIT VAN UTRECHT
  • DONNA DRIVER-ZWARTKRUIS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT

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Tuition

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

APPLICATION

About the Center

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DIÀLEG 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.

Taking Care of Business in the Luxembourg– Nicole Avez-Nana – AB-Lux Relocation Services

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Expatriation is not just the simple act of moving to another country in order to do a job there.
Both before and after the move there are official procedures and documents to be dealt with: work permit, registration with the local authorities, tax card, etc.

In addition, it is also necessary to find the right solutions for the family life of the expatriate: housing, school,kindergartens, a job for their spouse, importing the family car, bringing pets into the country and so on…

But our work does not stop there. We remain in contact with our clients after their move in order to help them in their daily life: in contacts with government agencies, in registering with a doctor searching for a cleaning lady or a handyman. We also offer our services ‘à la carte’ within the framework of more specific needs.

I’m totally focused on my client’s needs, and I work to realize their dreams as if they were my own.

–Nicole Avez-Nana , Managing Director, AB-Lux Relocation Services
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Penda Kede’s Dispair

You may have been one of the 150,000 + people who have watched the video on You Tube. Well you won’t see it here. To embed that image in this blog would be gratuitous. I would rather try and find out why she was driven to burn herself in Rome last week.

I have held off on posting about this until I had more information. Today a sister in Italy told me this in the Black Women in Europe social network discussion on the topic:

I’ve been trying to see if I can get news on the condition of the Senegalese lady,but I can’t.The reason she did that was because she,the grand daughter of the senegalese president,helped him so much during the electoral campaign in February.She expected some sort of consideration or sign of appreciation from him,seeing that she had helped him here in Italy,by letting the Senegalese community vote for him.But he didn’t give a damn about her after the elections.She did all to contact him in-vain.When he came to Rome,she left Brescia for Rome to see him,but she was sent away by his guards.She first wanted to protest by throwing herselfdown some stairs,but was stopped by passerbys.She then had the idea of settingherself on fire,maybe after reading about the other lady in Belgium who did same.Since the 7th of December,nothing has been said about her. The news said she should be the grand daughter or niece to the president,but they doubt if it’s true as they say the african family is sooooooo extended and people from thesame clan consider themselves cousins,nephews,nieces or grandchildren. I just reported what they said in the news.

By now you probably know that the sister in Belgium who died after setting herself alight in Luxembourg in 2001 was Maggy Delvaux-Mufu. I’ve been hard pressed to find out what her motivation was except. Reports have said racism. Did she leave a note, complain to friends or family that the racism she faced put her over the edge? The facts that have come to light is that she and her husband were financially strapped for cash, she worked three jobs, and he, a Belgian, was in the process of opening an auto garage, but faced many road blocks.