Black Europe: Subjects, Struggles, and Shifting Perceptions

Abstract : Black Europe: Subjects, Struggles, and Shifting Perceptions collects essays on Black Europe and Black Europeans focusing on a significant contemporary paradigmatic change—that by which Europe no longer means centrism and expatriation only, or the dialectical antithesis of anti-colonial struggles, but can now be viewed and pondered as a continuously changing black space in its own right. A legacy from the past and an imaginative creation, this space comprehends at the same time subjects’s lived experiences, internal and external collective struggles for emancipation and liberation, cultural and artistic re-inventions challenging the mythology of a white continent and civilization—all of which coalesce into the fight against the ideological, political, and institutional shaping of Europe and the West as white consciousness materialized. The ongoing and thorny issue of citizenship—particularly in war time periods—is the epitome of the self-critical examination in which Europe is now forced to engage. This is also the result of a black presence and active participation in its construction. While privileging the transatlantic relations that African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and Africans have had with the black diaspora in Europe, this collection examines particular situations of Black European identity-formations in France, Germany, or Poland. National spaces are viewed and analyzed as porous contact zones from which stemmed determining artistic and intellectual encounters, converging ideas and practices, transnational cultural experiences, and an international political output. Such a rhizomatic Black European space has shifted the epistemological perspective on Black Europe from the well-known “large land” of immigration to the hybridicized battleground disseminating new modes of black-being—a laboratory of black identities spanning from the black lights of the Enlightenment, the black feminist sexuality in modernist interwar Paris, to post-war Afro-German aesthetics. Contributions: Introduction by Jean-Paul Rocchi (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France) and Frédéric Sylvanise (Université Paris Nord-Villetaneuse, France). Essays by Magdalena Zaborowska (University of Michigan, USA); Guirdex Massé (Emory University, USA); Claire Garcia (Collorado College, USA); Rashida K. Braggs (Williams College, USA); Patricia Layne (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA); Silyane Larcher (Université des Antilles-Guyane, France). Book Nook: Reviews: Lewis R. Gordon (University of Connecticut at Storrs, USA); Laurence Cossu-Beaumont (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle, France); Dagmar Brunow (Södertörn University, Sweden); Cyril Vettorato (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France). The Art of Engagement Forum: Jean-Paul Rocchi (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France).
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Jean-Paul Rocchi, Frédéric Sylvanise,. Black Europe: Subjects, Struggles, and Shifting Perceptions. United States. 4 (2), Palimpsest (SUNY Press), A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, 2015, Palimpsest (SUNY Press), A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, ISSN 2165-1604 (print) ISSN 2165-1612 (online). ⟨hal-01576292⟩

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