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Black studies in Europe

A transnational dialogue

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Publié le mercredi 06 septembre 2017 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

Although it has long been existing on the other side of the Atlantic, where it found institutionalisation in the wake of post world war II black social movements in the United States, the field of Black Studies is only emerging in Europe. Its development is uneven, however. Some European countries show a longer history and a more prolific scholarship than others in the study of people categorized as “Black”. Different approaches are being used, and different traditions are being formed. The relationships between scholarship, activism and the wider political landscape are more or less close, more or less explicit, more or less influential to each other, depending on the context.

Annonce

Argument

Although it has long been existing on the other side of the Atlantic, where it found institutionalisation in the wake of post WWII black social movements in the US, the field of Black Studies is only emerging in Europe. Its development is uneven, however. Some European countries show a longer history and a more prolific scholarship than others in the study of people categorized as “Black”. Different approaches are being used, and different traditions are being formed. The relationships between scholarship, activism and the wider political landscape are more or less close, more or less explicit, more or less influential to each other, depending on the context. Although they all refer to the large, unavoidable, body of literature that has been produced on race and the black experience in the US, scholars in European Black Studies diversely engage with the concepts and theories that have been created in the American context and that mainly arise from a “middle-passage epistemology”, as Michelle Wright pointed out. The applicability of these concepts and theories in the European context, which show various histories of and relationships to blackness, is variously being questioned. Moreover, some scholars, although they address issues related to people categorized and/or identifying as “Black”, might not label their work “Black Studies”. The very subject of Black Studies, i.e. the “Black” subject, can also be understood in various ways. The question “who is Black?” has received diverse responses in the UK, France, Germany, or Belgium, for example, and definitions of blackness are far from being stabilized. However, efforts have been made during the last decade to put together research conducted in several European countries, i.e. to develop Black Studies at the European level, as several conferences and resulting publications such as AfroEuropa (e-journal launched in 2007), Black Europe and the African Diaspora (2009) or Africa in Europe (2013) testify.

This international conference aims at interrogating that emerging field of Black Studies in Europe and exploring its state of the art, by putting into dialogue scholarship and research developed in various European countries. It will follow four lines of discussion: (1) How did “Black Studies” emerge in specific European domestic or regional contexts? Which concepts and theories are being used and/or developed? Where do they take inspiration from? How are transnational academic networks being developed? How are research agendas being framed? How do they relate to other relevant fields of study such as African Diaspora Studies, African Studies, Postcolonial studies, and Migration Studies? (2) Who is considered “Black” in European Black Studies? Is the very notion of Black Studies relevant across Europe, given the various definitions and lived experiences of “black” populations in Europe? Does “Black” equal, or goes beyond, “Afro-“ categories (“Afro-Dutch”, “Afro-British”, “African diaspora”, etc.)? (3) To what extent do research agendas interact with social movements and/or other forms of activism related to race, on the one hand, and with the political environment, on the other hand? How does academia articulate with activism and with political developments on migratory, postmigratory and postcolonial issues? (4) To what extent do research agendas converge at the European level? Can we define a common conceptual framework for the study of blackness and race relations across Europe? Moreover, what is to be considered Europe in European Black Studies, given the tension between political, geographical, and symbolic definitions of the continent?

Keynote speakers

  • Michelle Wright (Emory University, USA)
  • Paul Gilroy (King's College, London)
  • Kwame Nimako (BESS, the Netherlands)
  • Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France (Fondation Frantz Fanon, France)

Roundtable participants

  • Jacqueline Andall (University of Tokyo, Japan). Geographical focus: Italy.
  • Véronique Clette-Gakuba (ULB), Sarah Demart (KULeuven), Nicole Grégoire (ULB), and Sibo Kanobana (UGent). Geographical focus:  Belgium.
  • Iolanda Evora (University of Lisboa, Portugal). Geographical focus: Portugal.
  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France). Geographical focus: France.
  • Marta Sofía López Rodríguez (University of Léon, Spain) and Antumi Toasijé (Pan-African Studies Centre in Parla, Spain). Geographical focus: Spain.
  • Michael McEachrane (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights, Sweden). Geographical focus: Sweden and Northern Europe.
  • Kwame Nimako (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Geographical focus: the Netherlands.
  • Peggy Piesche (University of Bayreuth, Germany). Geographical focus: Germany.
  • Stephen Small (University of California Berkeley, USA). Geographical focus: UK.

The roundtable participants will talk during approximately 90 minutes, which will be followed by 30 to 45 minutes of extensive discussion including the audience.

The conference working language will be English.

Additional activities include a decolonial visit of Brussels organized with the Collective Colonial Memory and Fight Against Discrimination and a book launch for Prof. Stephen Small's new book "20 Questions & Answers on Black Europe".

Registration

The number of participants is limited ; therefore, we invite you to register for the conference as soon as possible. To do so, please contact Geneviève Corbisier at lamc@ulb.ac.be.

Further informations on https://lamc.ulb.ac.be/spip.php?article1438&lang=en

Organizing committee

  • Nicole Grégoire (FNRS, ULB, Belgium),
  • Jacinthe Mazzocchetti (UCL, Belgium),
  • Karel Arnaut (KUL, Belgium),
  • Bambi Ceuppens (MRAC, Belgium),
  • Véronique Clette-Gakuba (ULB, Belgium),
  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (Université de CergyPontoise, France),
  • Pierre Petit (FNRS, ULB, Belgium),
  • Sarah Demart (ULg, KUL, Belgium)
  • Michelle Wright (Northwestern University, USA,)

Venues

ULB Solbosch Campus (Nov. 16) and VUB Plein Campus (Nov. 17)

Programme

Jeudi 16 Novembre 2017

Salle Dupréel– Campus du Solbosch

  • 8h00 – 8h45 Accueil & Café
  • 8h45-9h00 Introduction: Nicole Grégoire (ULB) & Jacinthe Mazzocchetti (UCLouvain)
  • 9h00 - 9h40 Discours inaugural : Pr. Michelle Wright, Emory University, USA

Théoriser les identités noires européennes au 21ème siècle

  • 9h40 - 10h00 Discussion inaugurale : Pr. Paul Gilroy, King’s College, Londres, Royaume-Uni,
  • Réponse à M. Wright
  • 10h00 - 10h30 Questions-Réponses
  • 10h30 -11h00 Pause-café
  • 11h00 - 13h15 Table-ronde 1. L’émergence des études noires en contexte européen
  • 13h15 - 14h00 Pause-déjeuner
  • 14h00 - 16h15 Table-ronde 2. La « Blackness » - le fait d’être noir - dans les études noires européennes

Vendredi 17 Novembre 2017

Salle Q.D. – Campus de la Plaine (VUB)

  • 8h30 – 9h00 Accueil & Café
  • 9h00 - 9h40 Discours inaugural : Dr. Kwame Nimako, Directeur de l’école d’été « Black Europe Summer School », Amsterdam, Pays-Bays, Pouvoir, (mal-)représentation et études noires européennes
  • 9h40 - 10h00 Discussion inaugurale : Mireille Fanon-Mendès-France, Présidente de la Fondation Frantz Fanon, Paris, France
  • Réponse à K. Nimako

10h00 - 10h30 Questions-Réponses

10h30 -11h00 Pause-café

11h00 - 13h15 Table-ronde 3. Etudes noires, activisme noir et politique

  • 13h15 - 14h00 Pause-déjeuner
  • 14h00 - 16h15 Table-ronde 4. Vers un cadre conceptuel commun ?
  • 16h15 - 16h45 Pause-café
  • 16h45 – 17h30 Conclusions : Pr. Jean Muteba Rahier (Florida International University, USA). L’effective transnationalisation des études noires et des études diasporiques africaines

Intervenants aux tables-rondes

  • Jacqueline Andall (University of Tokyo, Japon). Focus géographique : Italie.
  • Véronique Clette-Gakuba (ULB), Sarah Demart (KULeuven), Nicole Grégoire (ULB) et Sibo Kanobana (UGent). Focus géographique : Belgique.
  • Iolanda Evora (University of Lisboa, Portugal). Focus géographique : Portugal.
  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France). Focus géographique : France.
  • Marta Sofía López Rodríguez (University of Léon, Espagne) et Antumi Toasijé (Pan-African Studies Centre in Parla, Spain). Focus géographique : Espagne.
  • Michael McEachrane (Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights, Sweden). Focus géographique : Suède and Europe du Nord.
  • Kwame Nimako (University of Amsterdam, Pays-Bas). Focus géographique : Pays-Bas. Peggy Piesche (University of Bayreuth, Allemagne). Focus géographique : Allemagne.
  • Stephen Small (University of California-Berkeley, USA). Focus géographique : Royaume-Uni.

Les intervenants s’exprimeront pendant environ 90 minutes durant chaque session. Celles-ci seront suivies d’une discussion approfondie de 30 à 45 minutes, incluant le public.

La conférence se déroulera en anglais. Une traduction vers le français est prévue.

Activités additionnelles

Jeudi 16 Novembre 2017

17h00 – 19h00 Visite décoloniale de Bruxelles avec le Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminations (€5)

Vendredi 17 Novembre 2017

A confirmer Bruxelles

19h00 – 20h30 Présentation du livre : 20 Questions & Answers on Black Europe, avec Stephen Small (UC Berkeley)

Samedi 18 Novembre 2017

10h00 – 12h00 Visite décoloniale de Bruxelles avec le Collectif Mémoire Coloniale et Lutte contre les Discriminations (€5)

Lundi 20 Novembre 2017

A confirmer Liège

17h00 – 18h30 Présentation du livre : 20 Questions & Answers on Black Europe, avec Stephen Small (UC Berkeley)

Inscription

Le nombre de participants étant limité, nous vous invitons à vous inscrire dès à présent. Pour ce faire, veuillez contacter Geneviève Corbisier à l’adresse lamc@ulb.ac.be, en indiquant à laquelle de ces activités vous souhaitez participer :

  • Inscription à la conférence : €5
  • Visite décoloniale de Bruxelles : €5/visite
  • Lunch (Sandwiches “Fresh & Natural”) par Gourmand Gaillard: €16/jour (sandwiches végétariens, sans gluten, et halal disponibles sur demande)

Comité d’organisation

  • Nicole Grégoire (ULB, Belgique) Jacinthe Mazzocchetti (UCL, Belgique)
  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France) Karel Arnaut (KUL, Belgique)
  • Véronique Clette-Gakuba (ULB, Belgique) Pierre Petit (ULB, Belgique)

Comité scientifique

  • Karel Arnaut (KUL, Belgique)
  • Bambi Ceuppens (MRAC, Belgique)
  • Véronique Clette-Gakuba (ULB, Belgique)
  • Sarah Demart (ULg, KUL, Belgique)
  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)
  • Nicole Grégoire (ULB, Belgique)
  • Idesbald Goddeeris (KUL, Belgique)
  • Jacinthe Mazzocchetti (UCL, Belgique)

Lieux

  • Université Libre de Belgique - Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
    Bruxelles, Belgique (1050)

Dates

  • jeudi 16 novembre 2017
  • vendredi 17 novembre 2017
  • samedi 18 novembre 2017
  • lundi 20 novembre 2017

Fichiers attachés

Mots-clés

  • black studies, Europe, black population

Contacts

  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio
    courriel : sarah [dot] fila-bakabadio [at] u-cergy [dot] fr

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio
    courriel : sarah [dot] fila-bakabadio [at] u-cergy [dot] fr

Pour citer cette annonce

« Black studies in Europe », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le mercredi 06 septembre 2017, http://calenda.org/415003