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Symposium: “On the Matter of Blackness in Europe: Transnational Perspectives”

October 10 - October 11

Organized by the UCLA Department of African American Studies

A Symposium featuring Keynote Speaker Gloria Wekker, Professor Emerita at Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Key Symposium questions will include: How do marginalized experiences of Blackness within Europe, especially the interventions of Black Muslims, LGBTQI*, and/or those rendered non-citizen (e.g., refugees or asylum seekers), challenge one-dimensional conceptualizations of Blackness? How have contemporary contributions to the transnational continuations of the Black Radical and Black feminist traditions been brought to bear in various European contexts? How do various Black struggles unfold in the face of genocidal border regimes, urban policing and surveillance, neoliberal austerity policies and the current rise of right-wing extremism, gender violence, and Islamophobia?

Keynote speaker Gloria Wekker is a renowned scholar of Black feminism, Dutch anticolonialism, and diaspora.

Date: October 10 and 11, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Charles E. Young Research Library and Royce Hall

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Charles E. Young Research Library and Royce Hall


SA Smythe, UCLA Department of African American Studies and Vanessa Eileen Thompson, Goethe University-Frankfurt