Spring 2021

Black Europe

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-294  |  European Studies, as EUST-294  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-294


Khary O. Polk (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 294 [D], SWAG 294 and EUST 294) This research-based seminar considers the enduring presence of people of African descent in Europe from the nineteenth century to the contemporary moment, a fact that both confounds and extends canonical theories of African diaspora and black internationalism.  Focusing particularly on the histories of black people in Britain, Germany, and France, this course will take an interdisciplinary approach in its study of the African diaspora in Europe. We will examine literature, history, film, art and ephemera, as well as newly available pre-1927 audio recordings from Bear Family Records (http://www.black-europe.com/) in effort to better comprehend the materiality of the black European experience. These inquiries will enable us to comment upon the influence black people continue to have upon Europe today. Reading the central texts in the emerging field of Black European Studies—including African American expatriate memoirs, Afro-German feminist poetry, and black British cultural theory—student work will culminate in an annotated bibliography and a multimedia research project.

Spring semester. Professor Polk.

If Overenrolled: Preference to Black Studies, European Studies, and SWAGS majors.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2018, Fall 2019