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

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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.

Black Women Blogger in Europe – Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

Siyah in Turkey

A new blog for a 6 month adventure in Turkey:

I guess I’ll be blogging. Not really sure how I feel about it but I suppose since communication will be limited, this is a nice way for you guys to keep up with my life — For those of you who even care that is. Anywaydoe, I’ve survived the packing process. I was limited to only TWO bags for these next 6 months  unless I wanted to pay an utterly ridiculous $200 a pop for each extra bag…
But middle finger to Swiss Air, I successfully packed everything I needed in two suitcases and one carry on. Figuring out how to fit it all was definitely a test of mental fortitude but your girl was victorious and now you can consider me an expert on strategic packing — Come see about me.
I will admit I’m starting to get nervous and sad that I’m leaving behind everything and everybody I know for a bit but that’s normal. I have no idea what to expect — I’ve never been to Turkey, I don’t speak the language, and  I don’t know the culture. However, I have eaten Şiş Kebabs before… So basically I’m ignorant as Hell when it comes to all things Turkish.  And therein lies the rub, my good friends. But this is a learning experience and I’ll be a better person when its all said and done. And lest we not forget that  I can write “Pretty. Witty. Girly. Worldy.” in all my social networking bios and really mean the “Worldy” part. These are the things that really matter, people.
Some of you know that I gave up the “N Word” for Lent but in trying to find a name for this blog, I simply could not resist the temptation — It was overwhelming.
Sorry Lord.

Visit the blog today:

Welcome to Turkey and Spirit of Ancestry


Hat tip to Runoko Rashidi and TheBlackList

ISTANBUL – The black population of Turkey has a message for U.S. President Barack Obama.

Mustafa Olpak, author, activist and president of the Africans’ Culture and Solidarity Foundation in Izmir and other foundation members crave a meeting with Obama Ğ even for just a few minutes. But with Obama’s schedule and the foundation’s lack of funds for the trip, the group realizes it will not happen. Still, Olpak told Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review they were excited about the visit. “The spirits of his African ancestors, who were enslaved and excluded from the white man’s world, are with Obama,” he said.

Black people were not being bought and sold only in Europe and America, but in the Ottoman Empire, too. The island of Crete in the Aegean Sea was the most important center for the slave trade. Olpak comes from a family whose members were sold as slaves on this island. Although the family chose to remain silent on the matter, Opak has broken the silence with his recent book “Kölekıyısı-Kenya’dan Istanbul’a” (Slave Shore Ğ from Kenya to Istanbul). The book, out on Punto Publishing, features photographs and documents. There was also an exhibit at the EU center in Ankara, which opened with the book’s release.

The exhibit, titled “The Blacks of Turkey,” will be reopened in Ankara on the occasion of Obama’s visit with additional photographs from Opak’s family album added. “Maybe Obama cannot visit the foundation to meet us but he should see the exhibit at least,” said Olpak.

The foundation of Africans in a suitcase

Olpak said that black people’s poor fate had not ended yet and over 50 million black people were enslaved in the last century according to data by UNESCO. “It is still possible today to buy a black child as a slave in Sudan and in inner parts of India,” said Olpak. He also said there was still a record number of applications from black people in Turkey on lost family members. Although Olpak mentions the Africans’ Culture and Solidarity Foundation, the foundation does not have a street address. The building of the mentioned foundation in Ayvalık was burned to ashes after a fire in recent years. Olpak has the documents he saved from the building and the new applications in a suitcase that he carries with him all the time.

The black man’s son is the master of the White House

Olpak said especially in Europe and America black people were perceived as inhuman and enslaved. “The son of the despised and enslaved Africans became the black master of the White House that his ancestors had built with great difficulties,” said Olpak. He also said the African people had big expectations of Obama. “Let him be the friend of the oppressed and alienated societies. Let him be on the side of rightness and justice as his ancestors expect from him,” said Olpak.

Olpak said the protection of Obama’s ancestors’ spirits would be with him as long as he was on the right path and added, “Our hearts and prayers are with you even though we have never met.”

The majority of the Olpak family was kidnapped in 1895 at Zanzibar, the area called “slave shore” in today’s Kenya, and brought to the Ottoman Empire as slaves. The roots of the family belong to the Kukuri tribe. Olpak may be reached at www.afro-turk.org.