English, Postcolonial & Media Studies
ptts.wwu.de Johannisstr. 12-20; 48143 Münster (Germany)
Tel: +49 251 83-24593
Fax: +49 251 83-25621



News & comment

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Weather in Münster
If you would like to find out what the Münster weather will do over the conference days, click here: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/weather/today/de/Münster,North-Rhine-Westphalia,Germany/we-city-51.96,7.62. Apparently, from Wednesday 16 September to Saturday 19 September, the weather will be nice with maximum temperatures ranging between a pleasant 20 and 22 degree Celsius.


Abstracts now online
Abstracts to conference presentations will be contained in the conference pack which you will receive at registration. You can also find the abstracts online here.


Reading by Dutch poet Mustafa Stitou
We’re very happy to announce that Dutch poet Mustafa Stitou has accepted our invitation for a reading on Saturday, 9 September 2015, from 13:00 - 14:00 pm (English Seminar, Johannisstraße 12-20, 48143 Münster; room t.b.c.).
For more information on Mustafa Stitou's work, visit his page at the Dutch foundation for literature: www.letterenfonds.nl/nl/boek/587/de-poezie-van-mustafa-stitou.


Print version of programme online
The print version of the programme for the 5th biennial Afroeuropeans conference, Black Cultures and Identities in Europe, to take place in Münster (Germany) from 16-19 September, is now online. You can access the file here.


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at this year's Afroeuropeans conference:

- a screening of a film by
Nancy Mac Granaky-Quaye

- readings by Bernardine Evaristo
and Diran Adebayo

- the roundtable "Why is my professor not black?"

- a performance by Philipp Khabo Koepsell

- the fishbowl discussion
"African European Studies: Aims, Scope, Interdisciplinarity"

Entry to these events is free.
You can download the flyer here.


Launch of The British Centre for Black and Asian Writing (Brunel U London)
by Bernardine Evaristo (founder and director)

London-based writer Bernardine Evaristo has chosen to launch The British Centre for Black and Asian Writing at the Afroeuropeans conference 2015 in Münster.

Founded in 2015 as an educational and cultural resource for wide-ranging audiences around the world, the Centre’s first project is a highly visual and dynamic web encyclopaedia that will feature every single British black and Asian writer whose work has been published and produced in the UK since the 1800s. Each entry will include biographical information, photographs, and a bibliography, along with other important resource material such as links to other sites as well as audio and video clips and, once the Centre is established, academic essays will accompany all entries.

Writers of every genre of writing will be included, from fiction to poetry, from journalism to spoken word to graphic writing. With a policy of inclusion rather than the selective principles of canon formation, the Centre will demonstrate the contribution of all of these writers to British literature and culture.

In time, the Centre will aim to become both a physical archive for this literature as well as a creative space that initiates arts activities and forges creative partnerships.

The British Centre for Black and Asian Writing is a charity.

For more information on Bernardine Evaristo’s work as an author, blogger, teacher, and activist visit her website: http://bevaristo.com.

Exzellenzcluster „Religion und Politik“ JO 1
Johannisstraße 4, 48143 Münster, Germany


Dinner booking
Tickets for the conference dinner are selling out fast. If you would like to attend the dinner on Thursday, 17 September, but didn’t book it with your registration, then secure your space now by sending us an email (make sure you put 'conference dinner' in the subject line): afroeuropeans2015@gmail.com.
If you have not yet registered for the conference, you can include dinner in your registration; but it would be advisable to do this soon. To register, go to: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/reg.information.html.


Jamie Shearer will discuss the relevance of self-organized counter spaces
At this year’s Afroeuropeans conference, Jamie Schearer, in her opening keynote on Thursday, 17 September, will be talking about "The European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD) & the relevance of self-organized counter spaces” (time: 9:45-11:00). Political scientist Jamie Schearer is an activist, a project manager of ENPAD, as well as a board member of the Initiative für Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD) and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).


Jamie Schearer opens conference with keynote address
We are very pleased to announce that political scientist and activist Jamie Schearer (Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland) has accepted our invitation to deliver a keynote address at the 2015 Afroeuropean Studies conference.


Philipp Khabo Koepsell will perform at Afroeuropeans conference
Here is another wonderful addition to the Afroeuropean Studies conference programme: a performance by Philipp Khabo Koepsell, a Berlin-based author and spoken-word performer (www.facebook.com/mrKoepsell). For more information on the conference go to: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015.


Conference accommodation
We would like to remind you to book your accommodation as soon as possible. Rooms in Münster are selling out fast on the conference dates and most of our pre-reserved rooms have been booked. You might find it helpful to visit our Hotels page which provides information on finding a room (www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/accommodation.html).


Diran Adebayo confirmed as keynote speaker
We are delighted to announce that Diran Adebayo - British novelist and cultural critic - will give a keynote address at the 2015 Afroeuropean Studies conference, to be held in Münster from 16-19 September.
For more information on Diran Adebayo go to: www.facebook.com/diranadebayo14 and www.diranadebayo.com.
For more info on the conference visit: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015.


Accommodation in affordable rooms
If you have not booked your room yet, please note that we have reserved several rooms (25 m²) in international student dorms which you can book at a price of 30,00 € per night. These rooms are located 6.5km from the conference venue, in Schlesienstraße or Lilienthalweg (bus connections available; 25 minutes). For further information, please visit https://www.wwu.de/en/international_students/exchange/living/index.html.
If you would like to book these rooms, or have any queries, please send us an email with "student dorms" as the subject line.


Baroness Amos to become the UK's first black female university head
As announced a few days ago, Valerie Amos will take over as head of Soas (the School of Oriental and African Studies) at the University of London in September. Following her appointment, Amos addressed the issue that today only 85 of the UK's 85,000 professors are black (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jul/18/valerie-amos-black-university-professors).


Reminder: Early bird registration fee expires on 15 July
Make sure you catch the early bird registration fee which expires on 15 July 2015. To register, visit http://www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/reg.information.html.


Fishbowl discussion: Panellists wanted
We are pleased to announce a new highlight of the conference programme: a fishbowl discussion on the topic of “African European Studies: Aims, scope and disciplinary,” which will take place on Saturday, 19 September 2015, from 11-12:30 pm.
For more information on content, format, and how to apply, click here.


Early bird registration fee expires on 15 July
Make sure you catch the early bird registration fee which expires on 15 July 2015. To register, visit http://www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/reg.information.html.


Preliminary conference programme online
We are pleased to announce that a preliminary programme for all paper sessions at the Afroeuropean Studies conference has now been uploaded to the conference website. You can access and download the programme here: www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/programme.html.


Travelling to Münster
When planning your journey to Münster, it is worth having a look at our travel page. There you can find detailed information on how to get to Münster, such as which are convenient airports and how much time to allow for onward travel. You can find the travel page here: http://www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/gettingthere.html.


Conference accommodation
If you are planning to attend the Afroeuropean Studies conference, make sure you book your accommodation well in advance. The conference coincides with another big event in Münster, and many hotels are already fully booked. For further information, please visit our website: http://www.wwu.de/AFROEU2015/accommodation.html.


Afrika Festival in Münster, Germany, 3-14 June 2015
From today (3rd of June) to 14 June 2015, Münster will be hosting its 15th yearly Afrika Festival under the heading of "Erlesenes Afrika – literarische Erkundung eines Kontinents.” This year's festival explores recent developments in African literature and will offer a large variety of readings, including readings for children, as well as poetry slams, concerts, and the popular African Market in Münster city centre.
A detailed programme of the festival is now available on: http://afrika-kooperative.blogspot.de/2015/03/festivaleroffnung-und-themenabend.html


This is the brand new Afroeuropean Studies conference flyer, including information on the conference and announcing the round table: "Why is my professor not black?" (For the latter, see previous post.)