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Topics in European History: Black Europe – Undergraduate Course Audit – Summer 2019

500.00 IVA included

Instructor: Eileen Ryan, Ph.D.

Meets Mon / Wed 3.10 – 6.10 PM

Course Fee: 0€ (included in above price)

Summer Semester 2019 runs May 20 – Jun 28


Topics in European History: Black Europe

Recent waves of immigration seem to be challenging European identities; the darker the skin tone of the immigrant, the more threatening the presence Europe sense as a region defined by whiteness. But there is a long history of people defined as black living in Europe and contributing to European nation-states. If we focus our attention on their stories, we can see the fragility of the white identity in Europe.

The goal of this course is to explore a deeper history of black lives in modern Europe than we see presented in the news. Through a combination of primary sources, history books, novels, and movies, we will discover what it has meant to be black in various countries since the late eighteenth century. In the process, we will question the historical basis of a white identity in the European region.

Taking this course in Rome allow students to connect the historical topics we cover in the class directly with the lived experiences of minority populations in Europe. Students have the opportunity to interact with activists, authors, and artists who challenge white racial identities in Europe through their work. In museum and site visits, we seek to look beyond the surface for traces of black lives in European history.