“On the Matter of Blackness in Europe: Transnational Perspectives” is a two-day international symposium taking place at UCLA on October 10-11, 2019. The symposium seeks to dismantle the perceived homogeneity of Black transnational and anticolonial experiences by attending to how various struggles for Black lives unfold. Scholars, artists, and activists will discuss articulations of relational Black solidarities and struggles for Black lives across Europe, foregrounding less-explored paradigms of Black formations, creations, improvisations, and struggles throughout Europe and beyond. Participants will engage with the lived experiences of Blackness and Black political struggles across various geopolitical sites and dynamic encounters within the European context. Further, this even will interrogate the power relations at work within academic scholarship that determines what becomes monolithically referred to as “Black Europe.” The symposium will feature a keynote address from Gloria Wekker (Utrecht University).
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Sponsored by the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI); the UCLA Dept. of African American Studies, the UCLA Dept. of European Languages and Transcultural Studies; UCLA Dean of Humanities; UCLA Dean of Social Sciences; the Institute on Inequality and Democracy; the Center for the Study of Women; the Center for the Study of Religion; the UCLA Dept. of Anthropology, the UCLA Dept. of Gender Studies, the UCLA Dept. of Geography, the UCLA Dept. of History, the UCLA Dept. of Philosophy, the UCLA Dept. of Sociology, and the UCLA Theater Department.
Co-Organized by SA Smythe (UCLA) and Vanessa Thompson (Goethe University Frankfurt)