Migration, Belonging, and Afro-Europeanness: Current Articulations and Future Perspectives (Part 1) (Panel)


Comparative Literature / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Gabriele Lazzari (University of Surrey)

This panel aims to explore how writers and filmmakers have articulated questions of Blackness and Europeanness, migration and cultural belonging, colonial histories and decolonial futures.

In recent decades, artists, scholars, and activists from all over Europe have interrogated and problematized wishful narratives about Europe as a democratic stronghold and a multicultural, borderless space. Working in different media, forms, and genres, these works address urgent questions, such as the racialization of migration, the persistent social and economic inequalities of urban spaces, and the legacies of repressed colonial histories.

This panel seeks contributions that engage this diverse production in relation to different national or transnational configurations, recent or less recent waves of migration, and future perspectives. How is Afro-Europeanness articulated in different regions of Europe? What antiracist or decolonial artistic practices have been emerging from the peripheral South and from the economically hegemonic North? How do these practices participate in, contest, or reframe dynamics of formation of the nation-state, specifically in light of current racialized constructions of national belonging? How do other scales, such as the Black Mediterranean or the African global diaspora, interact with national and continental formations?

This panel explores how writers and filmmakers have articulated questions of Blackness and Europeanness, migration and cultural belonging, colonial histories and decolonial futures. It invites contributions that engage this diverse production in relation to different national or transnational configurations, recent or less recent waves of migration, and future perspectives.