Early Modern European Black Studies Course for MA and PhD students 26 July – 8 August

Summer course addressing the central questions of research in Black Studies and the particular problems and issues raised when we apply those questions to early modern continental Europe:

  • The challenges of ‘finding’ black people in historical societies which neither problematized nor celebrated their presence
  • Forms of subjectivity and identity construction,
  • The tension between self- and other-representation
  • The origins and persistence of patterns of discrimination
  • Possibilities for emancipation.

Participants will be introduced to the key scholarship in the field and work together on analysing and evaluating characteristic source materials.

Using literary, philosophical and travel literature, published and manuscript ego-documents and other textual and visual material, it is hoped to develop fresh approaches to research in Black Studies:

  • What methods and questions are particular to the early modern period?
  • How can broadening the geographical and temporal horizons of the field enrich understandings respectively of the black experience and of European societies on the past.

Course tutors:

Dr Carl Haarack (Amsterdam)

Prof Dr Kate Lowe (Queen Mary, Uni London)

Prof Dr Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (Uni Bremen)

Prof Dr Evene Rosenhalf (Uni Liverpool)

Dr Gunver Simonson (Uni Copenhagen)

Prof Dr Arns Spohr (USA)

Open to masters and doctorial students from Germany and abroad. The seminars will be conducted in English and key texts in English will be studied.

Subsidy of 100 Euros to cover living costs. Free accommodation and breakfast.

Applicants should state their reason for wishing to participate and send a c.v. which describes their academic career and their current research, plus address of academic referee. Deadline date 28 February. Submit applications by email to:


Dr Voker Bauer

Herzog August Bibliothek

Postfach 13 64

D-38299 Wolfenbuttel

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour, radical and suffrage movements, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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