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World: Contribute to the Biennial Network Conference on Afro-Europeans

The organising committee of the 7th Biennial Network Conference which will take place from 4 to 6 July 2019 in Lisbon is currently seeking for panel contributions on several topics to be covered during the event. Panel proposals addressing the realities of Afro-Europeans and Black Europe are to be submitted online by 15 August 2018.

They should address one of the following themes:

Black Europe at its intersections

Panels should reflect the various axes that co-structure Black European cultures and identities. Particularly, they should touch up on gender and sexuality (black women, LGBTIQ communities, black masculinities and femininities), as well as their conditioning, networks and forms of resistance.

Afro-Europeans in arts and media

Panels should address the multiple artistic and media expressions (literature, visual arts, aesthetics, traditional and digital media, etc.) of the Black European population, understanding these practices as spaces for the visibility of black histories, experiences, culture and antiracism.

Activism, resistance and public policy in late capitalist Europe

Panels should cover the ways in which colour-blind and Fortress-Europe public policies affect, distort and make (in)visible the various expressions of inequality to which black populations are subjected in times of late capitalism. They should also be dedicated to the analysis of Afro-European social movements, organisations and practices of contestation and resistance against these policies and processes on local, regional, national and transnational level.

Black cities: Public space, racism, urban cultures and segregation

Panels should address black radicalisation in urban life and the experiences of people of African descent, broadening the debate both to the problems that affect black people in contemporary cities (segregation, racism, stigmatisation, etc.), as well as an analysis of the Afro-European interventions in the public space (lifestyle, art, urban cultures and identities).

Decolonising knowledge on Black Europe, African diaspora and Africa

Panels should propose a debate on the decolonisation of knowledge on Black Europe, African Diaspora, Africa and colonial empires, but also on the processes of constructing new contra-hegemonic narratives.

Theorising blackness and racial Europe

Panels should address the theoretical questions that shape social relations and experiences of Afro-Europeans, discussing the very definition(s) of race, racism, blackness (and Whiteness), and how this co-produces Europe as a spatial-temporal formation. 

All accepted panelists will be notified by 15 October 2018. They will be invited to submit their papers by 31 January 2019 which in turn will be reviewed before 15 March 2019.