Black Europe Summer School 2021
13th Anniversary Program
June 20 – July 2, 2021
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Now in its 13th year, the overall goal of this intensive two-week course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora in Europe. We 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, practices 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 the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. We foreground the actions, activities and mobilization of Black people and community organizations in Black Europe. The interactions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the lives of Black people in Europe are central analytics, and scholars from the social sciences and humanities and NGOs working against racism and xenophobia in Europe are encouraged to apply.
Note on BESS 2021 and COVID-19
We are operating on the assumption that the public health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 will be manageable by Spring, 2021. In any case, we will continue to provide updates as time goes on.
Applications due March 1, 2021.
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