Allison Blakely

Professor of European and Comparative History, Boston University

Biography

Spring 2008: Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow

The Emergence of Afro-Europe

Project Description

The Emergence of Afro-Europe

The black population in Europe is finally achieving a size and visibility in several countries that invites comparison with the involuntary definition of community that shaped the concept of African-American among the descendants of enslaved Africans in North America; and a “Black” identity is being forced by circumstances upon even those individuals and groups that would prefer it to be otherwise. My main objective in this project is to complete an interpretive book providing a broad historical perspective to inform the thought and discussion now mounting regarding this aspect of the much larger new immigration reshaping European societies. My residence at the Du Bois Institute will afford me the opportunity to advance the writing phase of the project.

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