UCL European Institute


Black Europe

13 October 2021

A new cross-disciplinary work-stream challenging the presumption of whiteness as the norm in the study of Europe.

Black Europe collage by Jeff Bowersox

With colleagues from across the university, we are developing a new workstream, Black Europe, recognising that the study of Europe is still to a considerable degree marked by presumptions of whiteness as the norm. 

We primarily want to bring together UCL academics working on this topic in a wide range of disciplines, to foster a new cluster and conversation among interested scholars, while drawing on their external networks. The programme will comprise workshops geared towards the publication of an edited volume, as well as video and podcast profiles.

The initiative might cover work on the constructions of race, nationhood, modernity, and their entanglements; on the legal, intellectual, cultural, artistic, and economic legacies of European colonialism and slave trade; or on how Black identities form in, and indeed form ideas of, Europe.

To signal your interest in this initiative, please contact u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk.