Black Europe Summer School Program 2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Summer School on Black Europe

Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations

Black Europe Summer School Program 2016

June 20 – July 1, 2016

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Now in its 9th year, the overall goal of this intensive two-week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We will focus on the historical and colonial legacies of European countries to discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies and legislation today.

This course addresses 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. Issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply.

Applications due February 1, 2016.

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The Barcelona 2016 Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School

Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons

A summer school in Barcelona, Spain
July 11- July 21, 2016

Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar will be held at the UAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau) .

Affiliated Faculty Members include:

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Linda Martín Alcoff, Nelson Maldonado-Torres,
Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Emma Pérez, Salman Sayyid, Chela Sandoval,
Ramón Grosfoguel, Houria Bouteldja, Kwame Nimako, Stephen Small,
Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, James Cohen,
Ella Shohat, Daphne V. Taylor-García, Lars Jensen and Alejandro Vallega

Artwell’s Contribution to Oxford’s African History Month 2015

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015

Time: 17.00 – 21.00

Place: United Reform Church Hall, Oxford Road, Cowley 0X4 2ES (near Temple Cowley Library)

Email for more information or text 0775 78 12 449

Ancient Africa’s Gift to: Law, Architecture, Mathematics, Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

  • This is a 45 minute slide introduction to Africa’s Gifts

Books that have shaped the perception of people of African Peoples: Charles Darwin, Francis Galton, The Bible, Black Athena.

  • This 30 minute presentation is based on slides and will be a brief introduction.

Magna Carta, is Ancient Africa’s Gift to the English.

  • A brief introduction to Africa’s contribution to Magna Carta and looking at the legal protection granted to the English by Magna Carta. We will ask the question. In this New World Ordered planet, should we be concerned at the loss of Magna Carta protection today? We will ask for a response to this question from the Labour Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Communist Party and UKIP Party.

Oxford African History Remembers, Honours and Salutes:

  • Ms Sandra Blank – the voice of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the United States
  • Mr Jimmy Mubenga – devoted father of 5 killed by G4S
  • Mr Mark Duggan – killed while being unarmed in Tottenham

2015 Oxford African History Campaign: Don’t Bite the Apple

  • As of this year, Apple is not the richest corporation on planet Earth. We love it’s Apple I phone and so on. But, Apple’s profits would not be possible without the labour of children in the Congo who damage their lungs mining the precious metal without which our phones and computers would not work. Join in writing to Apple asking them to stop using children as miners; use some of Apple’s vast profits to create infrastructure in the Congo and ensure that the miners of the Congo receive market values for the precious metals which Apple needs.

On sale: Delightful Caribbean food and drinks

Entry free: 5 pounds donation suggested to contribute toward future Afrikan (Black) History Season events.

Telling it like it was – Dr. Hakim Adi

Pembroke College

Yesterday’s Black History Month Lecture organized at Pembroke College by Black Minority Ethnic Staff Network, Oxford University was inspiring as well as interesting.

Pembroke College

The Pichette Auditorium was filled with a healthy mix of students, staff and community to listen to Dr. Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at Chichester University, talk about The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and its significance today.

Pembroke College

My biggest take away is the Manchester Pan-African Congress was a congress for working people and not intended to be a gathering of academics, intellectuals and doctors and lawyers.

La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène


La Noire de… d’Ousmane Sembène

Le 1er octobre, BOZAR CINEMA présente La Noire de…  d’Ousmane Sembène. Dans ce film datant de 1966, le réalisateur sénégalais explore la dynamique complexe de la période post-coloniale au travers de l’histoire de Diouana, jeune sénégalaise engagée comme servante dans une famille française.En présence des comédiens Mbissine Thérèse Diop et Philippe Fontaine.

Palais des Beaux-Arts01.10.2015

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La Noire de… raconte l’histoire de Diouana, jeune Sénégalaise qu’un couple français basé à Dakar ramène avec eux à Antibes. Alors qu’elle croyait travailler comme gouvernante pour les enfants du couple, Diouana réalise très vite qu’elle doit aussi s’occuper des tâches ménagères, sans salaire et sans reconnaissance.


Diouna finit par se suicider, déçue par l’abîme de différence entre la réalité de sa vie française et ses vieux rêves sur le beau monde.La Noire de…, sorti en 1966 et récompensé du Prix Jean Vigo, premier long métrage d’Ousmane Sembène (1923-2007), est un film foncièrement engagé.


La domination culturelle, l’esclavage moderne, la condition de la femme, Ousmane Sembène explore des thèmes qui deviendront film après film le combat de toute une vie. L’écrivain et spécialiste du cinéma Georges Sadoul a par ailleurs déclaré que « grâce à Sembène Ousmane, le continent noir a pris enfin place dans l’histoire du cinéma mondial ».Le film a été présenté dans la section « Cannes Classics » au dernier Festival de Cannes. La copie vient d’être restaurée par la Cineteca di Bologna et The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.


Avant la projection sera présenté le documentaire Sembene !  retraçant la vie et l’œuvre du « père du cinéma africain ».

Informations pratiques

18h30 – « Sembene !» (documentaire) de Samba Gadjigo et Jason Silverman (2015)

20h – « La Noire de… » d’Ousmane Sembène (1966)

Jeudi 1er octobre

Palais des Beaux-Arts – Salle M


€ 6 / 4 euros pour Sembene !

€ 8 / 6 euros pour La Noir de…

Pass € 9 euros

Langue : français

Coproduction : BOZAR CINEMA & Le centre du Monde

Info & Tickets

+32 (0)2 507 82

British history and anti-racist campaigning A discussion event

Applied History Network

We are pleased to announce that our first event ‘British history and anti-racist campaigning‘ will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, London EC1 on Tuesday October 20th at 6.30pm until 8pm. Please go to our Eventbrite page to register. The event is free of charge but registration is required.

This event is inspired by listening to anti-racist campaigners say that their work is hampered by a general lack of historical knowledge in respect of Empire and colonialism amongst the white British public. In order to explore this more fully, the event will bring together four speakers to examine the relationship between the white general public’s understanding of British history and anti-racist campaigning work. Since the point of the event is to assist historians in directing their research in socially responsible and useful ways, the speakers will be campaigners, journalists, and educationalists rather than academic historians. The panel members will each approach the topic from a different vantage point based on their experiences and will speak for 10-15 minutes each. After which, the discussion will be opened up for the next hour or so to include the floor.


Kiri Kankhwende: ‘How the lack of a historical perspective fuels racist media narratives about migrants’.
Kiri is a journalist and immigration and human rights campaigner.

Rita Chadha: Title tbc.
Rita is the Chief Executive of RAMFEL.

John Siblon: ‘Losing and gaining the British Empire in the classroom’.
John is a Sixth Form History Teacher in London and PhD candidate.

Suresh Grover: ‘Before My Memory Dies: The Persistence of Imperial Racism’
Suresh is Director of the The Monitoring Group and a Civil Rights campaigner and will explore how the role of the British Empire remains invisible in understanding the cause and impact of racism in UK today.

Event Info:

Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm8pm
Venue: Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

Format: 4 speakers (10-15 mins each), followed by an open discussion with the floor

Eventbrite: Register here
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The Applied History Network is a group of PhD students and early career researchers committed to politically engaged history. We put on regular evening events in London which aim to apply an historical perspective to contemporary events and debates.

The event grew out of conversations started at the ‘what is radical history?’ conference at Birkbeck in March 2015. In an effort to carry on these important debates, we put on free events every two months in central London. We have events scheduled for 20 October 2015, 1 December 2015, February 2016, April 2016 and June 2016.

Oxford University’s Black History Month Lecture 2015

Oxford Black History Month

On 20th October at 6pm, Professor Hakim Adi will present the University of Oxford’s 2015 Black History Month Lecture, entitled ‘The 70th Anniversary of the Manchester Pan-African Congress and Its Significance Today’.

The Fifth Pan-African Congress (Manchester 1945) was the most influential and politically significant of the seven Pan-African Congresses, as it brought together key activists who would later play leading roles in liberation struggles across the continent, including Jomo Kenyatta, the first leader of Kenya after independence, and Kwame Nkrumah, who later led anti-colonial resistance in Ghana. American writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois chaired the Congress, describing 1945 as ‘a decisive year in determining the freedom of Africa’.

The talk is free, but registration is recommended.

Hakim Adi has written widely on Pan-Africanism and the modern political history of Africa and the African diaspora. His groundbreaking work includes the political history of West Africans in Britain, and the influence of Communism and Pan–Africanism on anti-colonial activism. He is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-1960: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (1998), Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (2013); (and with Marika Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (2003) He has also written history books for children, including The History of the African and Caribbean Communities in Britain.