The 7th Biennial Conference Network Afroeuropeans: “Black In/Visibilities Contested” will be held in Lisbon (ISCTE – IUL), and is an important platform for the production of knowledge in the pertinent field of transdisciplinary research on racism, black cultures and identities in Europe. It also offers the opportunity to strengthen and widen networks between scholars, activists and artists that question structural racism and are critically engaged with the production of postcolonial knowledge on european blackness and the african diaspora. This dialogue and networking is promoted through keynotes and panels, round-tables, individual speakers and artistic and cultural activities.
This conference is the result of a long collaboration between academics, writers and artists from many European universities and research institutes and from other parts of the world that gave rise to the international network “Afroeurope@s: Cultures and Black Identities in Europe”. With the aim of deepening the knowledge of black populations in Europe and their contribution to society in all areas of life, the network organized conferences in different European universities: University of León in 2006 and 2009; University of Cádiz in 2011; University of London and Open University in 2013; University of Münster in 2015 and University of Tampere in 2017. We are honored to bring this debate for the first time to Lisbon, a city with one of the largest African diasporas, which has influenced literature, music, language and the Portuguese society in general in the last five centuries. The local organizing committee is composed of researchers, artists and activists from different universities and collectives from Portugal, Brazil and Switzerland.