Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century

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Eve Rosenhaft, Robbie John Macvicar Aitken
Liverpool University Press, 2013 - History - 304 pages
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This volume explores the lives and activities of people of African descent in Europe between the 1880s and the beginning of the twenty-first century. It goes beyond the still-dominant Anglo-American or transatlantic focus of diaspora studies to examine the experiences of black and white Africans, Afro-Caribbeans and African Americans who settled or travelled in Germany, France, Portugal, Italy and the Soviet Union, as well as in Britain. At the same time, while studies of Africans in Europe have tended to focus on the relationship between colonial (or former colonial) subjects and their respective metropolitan nation states, the essays in this volume widen the lens to consider the skills, practices and negotiations called for by other kinds of border-crossing: The subjects of these essays include people moving between European states and state jurisdictions or from the former colony of one state to another place in Europe, African-born colonial settlers returning to the metropolis, migrants conversing across ethnic and cultural boundaries among 'Africans', and visitors for whom the face-to-face encounter with European society involves working across the 'colour line' and testing the limits of solidarity. Case studies of family life, community-building and politics and cultural production, drawing on original research, illuminate the transformative impact of those journeys and encounters and the forms of 'transnational practice' that they have generated. The contributors include specialist scholars in social history, art history, anthropology, cultural studies and literature, as well as a novelist and a filmmaker who reflect on their own experiences of these complex histories and the challenges of narrating them.
 

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Contents

Prince Dido of Didotown and Human Zoos in Wilhelmine
19
Poetics of Mixed Marriage in a Refugee Family
34
Race Empire and Hospitality in Imperial
76
Féral Bengas Body
99
Black Cultural
120
Mamadou Somé
142
From Productive Collaborations
162
The Question of White
183
Meditations on Culture and Belonging
201
Filming Black History and Experience
234
An Interview Discussing Elleke Boehmers
248
Afterword
261
Index
292
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Eve Rosenhaft is professor of German historical studies at the University of Liverpool. Robbie Aitken is senior lecturer in history at Sheffield Hallam University.

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