Afro-European experiences: from the third century to the third millennium

Otele, O (2018) Afro-European experiences: from the third century to the third millennium. In: Centre for Imperial and Global History Annual Lecture, 4 May 2018, University of Exeter, UK.

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Abstract

This public lecture looks into Afro-European identities by studying their histories, from Saint Maurice, an Egyptian who became the leader of a legendary Roman legion in the 3rd century, to 21st century migrants. Its aim is to understand how the notion of ‘exceptionalism’ has contributed to remembering and then forgetting the long history of African/European human encounters. Mainly used in the fields of cultural studies, sociology and arts, the term ‘African diaspora’ has more recently been replaced by ‘Afro-European’ or ‘Afropean’. African or Afro-descent destinies and creativity have led to newly-coined terms such as ‘Afrocentrism’, ‘Afropessimism’ and ‘Afrophobia’, to name but a few. These are laudable attempts to grasp intricate notions in a small number of words. However, as they refer to contemporary post-war encounters between people of African and European descents, they play into the notion of newly born identities. As this lecture will show, there is a much longer history of Afro-European experiences which are both fascinating in their own right and can contribute to present-day understanding.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 12:41
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