Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations
The Summer School on Black Europe is an intensive two week course offered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The 8th annual Summer School on Black Europe will take place from June 22nd to July 3rd, 2015 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in collaboration with The Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues (Barcelona, Spain). The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe.
We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination. The above issues will be considered in light of the immediacy of contemporary global and European forces, including competing issues and discourses on Islamophobia, increased non-Black migration into and across Europe, and the debt crisis in the European Union. This course will also seek to address the dimensions of race and ethnic relations that are unique to Europe; examining the ways in which conceptions of the "other" are institutionalized and reproduced; the rise of xenophobia in various EU countries; issues such as global racisms, everyday racism and epistemic racism; the legal definitions and discourse surrounding the conceptualized "other"; and examining the ways in which each country has dealt with issues of race and national identity. To this effect guest speakers for the 2015 program will be drawn from Germany, Italy and Portugal for case studies in those countries. Affiliated Faculty Members include: DR. MARTA ARAUJO, UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA (PORTUGAL) DR. PHILOMENA ESSED, ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY DR. JEANETTE DAVIDSON, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA DR. DAVID THEO GOLDBERG, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE DR. RAMON GROSFOGUEL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY DR. DIENKE HONDIUS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM DR. KWAME NIMAKO, UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM DR. STEPHEN SMALL, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY DR. MELISSA F. WEINER, COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS DR. GLORIA WEKKER, UNIVERSITEIT VAN UTRECHT DR. DONNA DRIVER-ZWARTKRUIS, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT Tuition The tuition for this course is € 1600 (or € 1300 without housing) . Tuition includes housing, the opening reception, lunches on all class days, weekly get-togethers with faculty, a course reader, a public transportation pass, and travel costs and entrance to museums and exhibitions during excursions. The excursions are coordinated through Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours. Tuition does not include travel to and from Amsterdam.