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Conspiracy of silence and the invisibility of blacks in england, 1850-1950

Adebayo A. Lawal

This research proposal intends to compare the popular academic achievements of the African Americans with those of the blacks in England. While there are celebratory publications about African American Scholars in the various disciplines including science, technology and inventions, one is yet to lay hands on similar publications on the achievements of the black in England for outstanding scholarship in various disciplines to inspire us as a point of reference. The questions that arise are: did the powers in the ivory towers deliberately suppress information on black scholars and their spectacular achievements on account of racial prejudice or indoctrination? Were there legal provisions that limited or constrained their scholarship or forbad their publications and establishment of newspapers? Were the blacks victims of inferiority complex to succumb to the status quo?

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Black Studies in France at the Crossroads: Between the Colonial Legacy and postcolonial Afropessimism

Ch. Didier Gondola

In 1981, when President François Mitterrand arrived to power in France, many observers heralded that this electoral victory would usher a new era of transparent relationship between France and its former African colonies. Elected as the first socialist leader, since the brief and tumultuous term of Leon Blum during the 1930’s Front Populaire, François Mitterrand was thought by many to embody the kind of political vision and values that would change for better France’s detrimental policies vis-à-vis its African “pré carré” and redefine French citizenship by promoting what was then dubbed “la France plurielle,” France’s nascent idea of a multicultural society. For the very first time in French history, there was indeed a convergence of views between the two Foucauldian categories of knowledge and power with respect to Africa and blacks in France.

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Black europeans intellectual history: perspectives from philosophical traditions

Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze

Though currently teaching at a university in the United States, Europe has been the cultural and regional focus of my research in black atlantic studies. Within broad areas of cultural studies of black historical presence and contemporary experiences in Europe, my research focuses on European philosophical theories of black diaspora experiences and on black European traditions in intellectual history.

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Schwarze Kinder in Deutschland -Identitätsentwicklung und Ansätze (politischer) Bildungsarbeit im Kontext rassifizierter Machtdifferenzen-

Maisha R. Eggers

I: Kinder als AdressatInnen rassifizierter Machtdifferenzen:
Pädagogisches Ziel meines Ansatzes ist es herauszuarbeiten, wie rassifizierte gesellschaftliche Vorgaben auf normative Weise Eingang finden, in die Lebenswelten von schwarzen Kindern in Deutschland. Die Frage nach den Auswirkungen der Wahrnehmung von Konstruktionen rassifizierter Zugehörigkeit und gesellschaftliche Ausschlüsse durch schwarze Kinder, auf ihre Identitätsentwicklung schließt sich daran an. Meine Ausgangsfragestellung lautet demzufolge: Wie strukturiert Rassifizierung die Wahrnehmung, die Lebenswelten und die soziale Identifikation von schwarzen Kindern im postkolonialen Deutschland?

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Black Germany and Academia

Ana Maria de Schur

The question, if there is a “Black Europe” in a EU continent that is composed of many countries that are overwhelmingly white, is like proposing some cognitive dissonance on the reader. Because my empirical argumentations have mostly developed in the German culture, I feel not competent to talk of any other country in the European Union and how the colored peoples may be doing in those countries. I visited Sweden a few times; and there I saw blacks working in pulblic jobs and attending activities where they could have cultural exchanges with the natives. I found it interesting, but after knowing that culture a little better, I found that the “dark peoples” of Sweden are not all that satisfied with the culture that they live in. Again, one can only describe the known aspects of reality and I only know Germany, therefore my paper will focus on the German culture.

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