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Afroeuropeans 2017

Keynote speakers

Professor Paul Gilroy
American and English literature, King's College London


After working as a Professor of Cultural studies, Sociology, African American studies and Social theory, Paul Gilroy now teaches literature at King’s College London. He is currently completing several books, among them are “To The Measure Of The World” an essay on Antihumanism, and “In Time” a reflexive study of his musical obsessions.

Title of the keynote address: On the necessity and the impossibility of being a black European [a 2017 re-mix] or the value of Antiracism in the Alt-right era


Professor Elisa Joy White
African American and African Studies, University of California at Davis
Vice President, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)


Elisa Joy White is an Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at
University of California at Davis. She holds a PhD in African Diaspora Studies from
the University of California at Berkeley. Her publications address the African Diaspora
in Europe, among other areas, and include the book, Modernity, Freedom and
the African Diaspora: Dublin, New Orleans, Paris (Indiana University Press). She
serves as Vice President of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide
African Diaspora (ASWAD).

Title of the keynote address: Tales of Black Border Talk (and Other Anomalies
in Mad Populist Times)  


LL.M. Domenica Ghidei Biidu
Member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Domenica Ghidei Biidu is an independent academic and a practising lawyer. She is the current member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance in respect of the Netherlands. She was a (Deputy) Human Rights Commissioner for the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (up to the 1st of April 2017). Among others she is also a freelance trainer, consultant and keynote speaker in the areas of transcultural and inclusive leadership; diversity management; equal treatment and anti-discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, LGBTI, handicap and chronic illness. She is also an expert on migration, (African) diaspora and refugee issues.

Title of the keynote address: Human Rights approach to enhance the rights of People of Africa descent in Europe

Dr. Henry Mainsah
Marie Curie Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick


Henry Mainsah is a Marie Curie fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. He was previously Associate Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He holds a PhD in Media and Communication from the University of Oslo. His research interests include interdisciplinary research methods, digital media, design, migration studies, literacy, and youth culture.

Title of the keynote address: Social media, creative citizenship and diaspora

writer, photographer, broadcaster, founder of


Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcaster. He has contributed to The New York Times and Harvard’s Transition magazine and written and produced for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. He is the author of Manifeste de la Jeunesse (Les Arenes 2017), and his forthcoming book Afropean: Documenting Black Europe will be published by Penguin Press in 2018. His online journal won an ENAR award for a contribution to a racism-free Europe.

Title of the keynote address: Afropean: Documenting Black Europe, Now

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