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Afroeuropeans 2017

Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe
Sixth biennial network conference

University of Tampere, Finland, 6 - 8 July 2017

We are delighted to welcome you to the sixth Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe conference, which is being  held at the University of Tampere, Finland. This conference brings together over 200 people - academics with different disciplinary backgrounds, artists, activists and journalists - from more than 20 different countries to produce and share knowledge of the African and black diaspora communities and cultures across Europe.

African/Afro European Studies and Black European Studies explore social spaces and cultural practices that are characterized by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa, the African diasporas and Europe. The sixth biennial network conference aims to contribute to the existing scholarship in Europe with a view to establish it more firmly in its numerous disciplinary locations.

The general theme of this conference is African diaspora and European cultural heritage. The titles of the 30-plus sessions included in the programme and the over 130 individual presentations chosen by the scientific committee highlight not only the multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of Afro-/African-/Black European studies and the rich cultural and political activities of African diasporic people in Europe, but also the timeliness and importance of knowledge production concerning these fields.

In order to make visible the histories and cultures that are ignored in most representations of Europeanness and to raise discussion on racism and tightening immigrant policies that disproportionally affect people of African descent, Afroeuropeans conferences have always combined academic research with public advocacy.  With the choice of our esteemed keynote speakers, session organizers and individual presenters, as well as our collaborators in the planning of the cultural programme of this conference, we want to promote dialogue and networking between academia and other fields. 

This conference is a result of a longstanding collaboration with a group of scholars, writers and artists from many universities and research institutes in Europe and the U.S. Some of us were members of the “Afroeurope@ans” research programme, funded by the Ministry of Education in Spain and coordinated by Dr. Marta Sofía Lopés Rodríguez, University of León. Others are members of an extended network that we also wish to expand alongside our conferences. For over ten years, we have organized these conferences at different European universities (University of León 2006 and 2009; University of Cadiz 2011; University of London and the Open University 2013; University of Münster 2015) and we are now honoured to bring this conference for the first time to Northern Europe. The local organizing committee consists of researchers from different faculties at the University of Tampere and of scholars and artists from other Finnish universities and research institutes.

We would like to express our gratitude for support to the following institutions who made organizing this conference and its cultural programme possible with their financial help: The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, The University of Tampere Foundation, Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, The City of Tampere, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Kone Foundation, Music Archive Finland, Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, Coastal Carolina University, Klubi, Fest Afrika festival, and many individual research projects funded by the Academy of Finland.

On behalf of the local organizing committee and the international Afroeuropeans – Black Cultures and Identities in Europe research network,

Anna Rastas
Dr. Soc.Sc., Docent, Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Chair of the local organizing committee, University of Tampere

6th Afroeuropeans conference poster

The conference is organized by the University of Tampere:

Together with the international Afroeuropean Cultures and Identities research network

The cultural programme is organized in collaboration with Fest Afrika festival and
Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions


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