1st Edition

Locating African European Studies Interventions, Intersections, Conversations

    360 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on a rich lineage of anti-discriminatory scholarship, art, and activism, Locating African European Studies engages with contemporary and historical African European formations, positionalities, politics, and cultural productions in Europe.

    Locating African European Studies reflects on the meanings, objectives, and contours of this field. Twenty-six activists, academics, and artists cover a wide range of topics, engaging with processes of affiliation, discrimination, and resistance. They negotiate the methodological foundations of the field, explore different meanings and politics of ‘African’ and ‘European’, and investigate African European representations in literature, film, photography, art, and other media. In three thematic sections, the book focusses on:

    • African European social and historical formations

    • African European cultural production

    • Decolonial academic practice

    Locating African European Studies features innovative transdisciplinary research, and will be of interest to students and scholars of various fields, including Black Studies, Critical Whiteness Studies, African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Studies, African Studies, History, and Social Sciences.

    Part 1: African European Social and Historical Formations  1. "We have to act. That is what forms collectivity" Black Solidarity beyond Identity in Contemporary Paris  2. Village du Monde? (Fortress) Europe, the 'Jungle' of Calais, and the African European paradigm  3. From Bokoe Bullying to Afrobeats: Or How Being African Became Cool in Black Amsterdam  4. Involving Diaspora Communities through Action Research: A Collaborative Museum Exhibition on the African Presence in Finland  5. The Footman's New Clothes  6. Transatlantic Connections, Memory, and Postmemory in Afro-German Biographies  7. Practicing Autoethnography: Transnational Afro-German Heritage  8. "Zog Nit Keyn Mol": Paul Robeson's Tragic Love of Russia  9. Forgotten Histories: Recovering the Precarious Lives of African Servant in Imperial Germany  Part 2: African European Cultural Production  10. Opening Homes, Opening Worlds: African European Spatial Interventions in Helen Oyeyemi's Fiction  11. Afropolitanism and Mobility: Constructions of Home and Belonging in Sefi Atta's A Bit of Difference  12. Black British Queer Intersectionality: From Labi Siffre's Nigger to Dean Atta's I am Nobody's Nigger  13. Voices from the Black Diaspora in Spain: On Transcultural Spaces and Afrospanish Identity Constructions in Poetry  14. Adapting Contested Histories: The Film Belle (2013) and its Politics of Representation  15. Returning the Colonial Gaze: The Black Female Body in Angele Etoundi Essamba's Photography  16. The Afropean Gaze: Through a Decolonial Lens  Part 3: Decolonial Academic Practice  17. "Why Isn't My Professor Black?" A Roundtable  18. Structures of Dis/Empowerment: My Year as the UK's First Black and Ethnic Minorities Student Officer  19. On the (Im)possibility of Black Queer British Studies  20. Negotiating Afroeuropean Literary Borders: The Inclusion of African Spanish and African British Literatures in Spanish Universities  21. Beyond Emergent: Creating, Debating and Implementing African European Studies 


    Felipe Espinoza Garrido is Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.

    Caroline Koegler is Assistant Professor of British Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.

    Deborah Nyangulu is Lecturer in English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at the University of Münster,Germany.

    Mark U. Stein is the Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at University of Münster, Germany.