Afroeurope@ns IV: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe: Continental Shifts, Shifts in Perception

AfroEurope1-4 October 2013 

Institute of English Studies, University of London, and the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group, Department of English at The Open University, in association with The George Padmore Institute, New Beacon Books, Wasafiri, Arts Council England and Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions.

Senate House is proud to welcome to the fourth Afroeurope@ans conference, which is being held in London for the first time.

An inter-disciplinary conference with papers covering literature, history, music, theatre, art, translation, politics, immigration, youth culture and European policies, perceptions of North Africa and more, Afroeurope@ans IV brings together scholars, critics, activists and artists to debate and discuss these issues. With contributions from across Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia, the conference will enhance the field of African European Studies as well as lead the way towards a new awareness of the essential contributions of Europe’s black populations in all fields.

Afroeurope@ns IV is also proud to welcome some of the foremost writers and scholars as keynote speakers, from internationally acclaimed authors Caryl Phillips and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o to renowned academics and critics Dominic Thomas and Susheila Nasta. Anna Rastas from Finland is the leading authority on the country’s refugee communities, particularly in relation to young people, whilst Eritrean-born poet Ribka Sibhatu, who now lives in Rome, is an expert on the immigration policies of Italy and Fortress Europe.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: "Resisting Metaphysical Empire: Language as a War Zone"
John La Rose Memorial Lecture: Wednesday 2nd October 2013, 6.30pm

Along with the economic and political empires it created, Europe simultaneously created empires of the mind through language ideologies and practices.  The western empires of the mind still impact Africa and the developing world negatively.  Language is a war zone in the era of globalisation as it was in the era of colonisation.



In Association with Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions


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