On Thursday 22 September, the ground-breaking Afroeuropeans Network Conference begins at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The biennial conference is the result of a long collaboration between academics, writers, artists and activists from which the International Afroeuropeans Network was also born. The theme of this eighth biennial is Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities.
What constitutes Afro-European communities? Where do "race" and ethnicity end, where do gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, citizenship status, language begin? And where is the common denominator? The conference explores how various processes of privilege and discrimination interact, creating complex and dynamic experiences of what it means to be Afro-European. And in what ways do Afro-Europeans take their place as part of European society and identity?
The conference addresses the dynamics arising from the growing decolonisation movements and their calls to rethink the dominant modes of knowledge production and representation. The conference aims to be a place of exchange about such different layers of intersectionality, and about activism and scholarship.
The event has a multi-layered and varied programme. Following topics might be of interest:
On Friday 23 September, a guided tour will take place at 12.30 at the WeDecolonizeVUB Library, in Building F. Contact Latifa Abdou, [email protected] , 0499 50 17 83
On Friday 23 September, you can also visit the exhibition in Building I: Love and Intimacy in a Postcolonial Era, by Iyallda Iffy Tillieu, sponsored by the VUB Center for Art History, Architecture and Visual Culture. Contact Wetsi Mpoma, [email protected] ).
The keynote speakers are:
The conference is organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, specifically by and with the following research centres: the Research Center for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA), the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Migration and Minorities (BIRMM), the Center for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) and the research group Histories of Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (VISU).
It is co-organised by, among others, the Africa Platform of the Association University of Ghent (GAP), the Brussels Center for Urban Studies (BCUS), the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and a large number of other institutions in Belgium.