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Blacks in Postcolonial Europe: The Case of the African Diaspora in Ireland

Elisa Joy White

During the current period of globalization the Republic of Ireland has become an African Diaspora site. In an attempt to understand the significance of this relatively new Black community in a previously colonized and peripheralized European nation, I argue that the new African Diaspora communities of Dublin, Ireland are being forged in the context of what I define as a retro-global society, a formally lesser developed, new global society that retains pervasive and highly conspicuous social elements or constructs that are more indicative of earlier periods of globalization.

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Jeffrey C. Stewart

I am inspired by Alain Locke, the Black philosopher, arts critic, and Howard University professor to propose a paper for the Black European Studies conference. For Dr. Locke was a great Continentalist, virtually a summer expatriate, who adopted a different social face when he was in Europe than in America. He saw France and Germany, especially, as more than an escape--they were vantage points from which to rethink what it meant to be Black and American. European artists were pivotal contributors to the "renaissance" of the Black spirit he announced in The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925), the bible of the Harlem Renaissance, the Negro Arts movement of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Race, Miscegenation and Representation: The Black Female Experience in Liverpool, England

Patricia Reid-Merritt

This paper seeks to examine the impact of the representation of race and gender on Black women in Liverpool, England. It is a beginning effort to focus attention on the unique experiences of women of color in European societies dominated by traditional beliefs in racial superiority. It questions the extent to which perceptions of femininity and desirability are viewed as characteristics associated with whiteness, and the impact this has had on gender relationships and the development and sustainability of Black families and communities in European countries.

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Racialised relations in finland

Anna Rastas

I would very much like to participate in the conference and to be involved with the BEST-project(s). I am convinced that what I am doing and planing to do as a researcher is very much about examining the same questions that are processed in BEST-project(s). My work is about racialised relations in Finland. I think that the kind of a thick discription I am trying to construct (in my PhD that will consist of several articles) could contribute to the BEST project(s), and, I hope, not only as a “case study” about a country with a very small number of non-white people.

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Igbofrauen in Migration

Stefanie O. Ogbonna

In meinem Forschungsprojekt, das ich in Zusammenhang mit dem Margarete-Schütte-Lihotzky - Projektstipendium bearbeite, beschäftige ich mich mit nach Österreich / Wien migrierten Igbofrauen.

Mein Forschungsinteresse begründet sich durch meinen familiären Hintergrund. Ich bin in Österreich geboren, meine Eltern sind Igbo und in den 60er Jahren nach Europa migriert. Die Igbo sind ein Volk im Südosten Nigerias mit rund 24,12 Millionen EinwohnerInnen. Das Gebiet der Igbo gehört zu den am dichtest besiedelten Gebieten in ganz Afrika, im Landesinneren des Igbogebietes ist die Bevölkerungsdichte ca. 300-1000 EinwohnerInnen je km². Inhaltlich habe ich mich bereits in meiner Diplomarbeit mit Geschichte, Kultur und Architektur der Igbo und einem Vergleich soziokulturellen Raumverständnisses in Nigeria und Österreich befasst, sowie eine Forschungsreise nach Nigeria unternommen.

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A language behaviour as a strategy for identity: substitutive use of the english ethnonym “black” to define black people in french context

Charles Lindor M?beri

In social psychology, in the racial or interethnic relations? study, the important role played by the generic designations or ethnonyms (White, Black,...) in defining of individuals or groups and in the identification to those groups is undeniable; they truly represent identity markers. Our research deals with the use of the English ethnonym ?Black? to define the Black person? in French context, or to qualify what refers to Black. Anglo-Saxon term, its daily use, which is almost institutionalised by certain French reference dictionaries and medias, alerted us.

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Wer werde ich, wenn ich krank bin?

Christiane Hutson

Kranksein als individuelle Erfahrung zwingt uns zu einer Auseinandersetzung mit unserem Körper, unseren Vorstellungen über ihn und über uns selbst. Krankheit als (bio)politisches Machtfeld dient zur Verhandlung von Marginalisierungsstrategien wie auch von Rückzugsmöglichkeiten. Auf dieser Ebene kann Krankheit als gemeinschaft- und identitätenstiftendend verstanden werden. Innerhalb hegemonialer Globalisierungs- und Effizienzrethorik und -praxis wird Kranksein und Krankheit auf vertikaler und horizontaler gesellschaftlicher Ebene zunehmend als Risiko erfasst und erfahren.

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How have Black Europeans conceived themselves historically, and what is their relationship to Africa and to other parts of the African Diaspora?

Ellinor Forje and Charifa Clark

The African-American experience has throughout decades been well documented in print and visually. However, the concept of a “Black European” is unknown to the majority. In Europe there exist considerable numbers of European citizens that are dark skinned people and whose ancestors came from Africa. History offers an explanation to the involuntary exodus of people from Africa to Europe. Their presence on the latter’s continent, is to a certain extent the result of the slave trades and also an outcome of the African colonisation period. However, more recent years have witnessed a number of voluntary African emigrants and asylum-seekers to nations across Europe. Some of these Africans are European by birth rights or through naturalisation, and they are defined as Black Europeans.

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Attitude and action - explicit and implicit attitudes towards race vis-à vis different regulatory dynamics of cognitive, affective and behavioural attitude components of white Europeans towards Black Europeans

Anna Chybicka

My research interests refer to the reasons of incompatibility between explicit and implicit attitudes of power groups towards representatives of minorities or supressed groups. I have already conducted few reseach projects on implicit and explicit attitudes, unconsciousness stereotyping and hidden discrimination. In most cases the explicit attitude is incompatibile with the implicit (f.e. Polish white men state possitive attitude towards Black Europeans, whereas implicit attitude is negative).

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Black European identity and social categorization : is there an alternative methodology ?

Philippe Castel

After introducing the function of social categorization in defining social identity process and a few experimental results collected in France on white participants, we will analyze the meaning of black identity in Europe and will argue in favour of ecological methodologies.

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Black Political Identity in Western Europe

Antonio Brown

Popular notions of “Blackness” suggest that there exists a discernable Black Identity that is recognizable on a global scale. That is, to be Black is universally understood based on ‘typical’ cultural and colloquial representations, traditions and experiences. Such identification translates into sociopolitical expectations based on monolithic representations of “Blackness”. However, a portrait of contemporary Black political identity that does not portray the diverse backgrounds, values and beliefs of Blacks in a global context paints an incomplete picture of African Descent identities.

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New African Migrations to Europe

Jacqueline Andall

My research is centrally concerned with African migration to Europe and the formation of African diasporas within Europe. My current research project examines the new configurations of migration flows to Europe. The research investigates how contemporary African labour migrants select their country of destination and settlement in Europe. It additionally examines their mobility within Europe and their incorporation into European labour markets.

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Being African-British: a socio-psychological examination of the (re)construction and functions of cross-cultural selves

Ama de-Graft Aikins

The proposed paper will report the preliminary stages of a study exploring the meanings and functions of ‘African-British’ identity. The study draws from two larger projects. The first project draws functional links between multi-generational memories and meanings of colonialism - through the trope of Independence – and the construction of contemporary culture, identities and agencies in Ghana. The second examines representations of the African-British community within mainstream and minority media.

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Race, Culture and Black Germanian Identity in the age of Global Media Communication

Robert Ajani

What became of the Black People of Sumer?,” the traveller asked the old man, “for ancient records show that the people of Summer were Black. What happened to them?” “Ah,” the old man sighed. “They lost their history, so they died.
A Sumer Legend

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