Free

Exeter's Centre for Imperial and Global History Annual Lecture with Dr Oliv...

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Bateman Lecture Theatre, Building One

21 St German's Rd

University of Exeter

Exeter

EX4 6TG

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

Dr Olivette Otele (Reader in History at Bath Spa University) will deliver the CIGH Annual Lecture:

Afro-European Experiences: From the Third Century to the Third Millennium

This public lecture will look 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 Mainly used in the fields of cultural studies, sociology and arts, the term ‘African diaspora’ has more recently been replaced by ‘Afro-European’ or ‘Afropean’.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.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Bateman Lecture Theatre, Building One

21 St German's Rd

University of Exeter

Exeter

EX4 6TG

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved