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in 2005

“Challenging Europe -
Black European Studies in the 21st Century”
First international, interdisciplinary conference of BEST

Akademie Schmitten (30 min from Frankfurt)
November 10 - 13, 2005

Conference Program


This interdisciplinary symposium is the first scholarly investigation of the African Diaspora as an aspect of intra-European history. Organized in connection with the multi-year, international research project BEST on Black Europeans co-sponsored by the Universities of Mainz and Massachusetts and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, the meeting will endeavor to further scholarly exchange on the centuries-old history of Black Europeans, to encourage interdisciplinary contacts among scholars hitherto working in isolation, and to advance the development of new theoretical and methodological tools to understand the African Diaspora within Europe.

Challenging Europe - Black European Studies in the 21st Century: will have three important functions: It will enable direct exchange among scholars working in the area of Black European history; it will encourage the formation of on-going scholarly networks focused on particular research questions; and it will also help to make Black Europeans and their history visible beyond the bounds of academic discourse.


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