Olivette Otele

Olivette Otele

African Europeans

Festival of Ideas Online/
Wed 21 October 2020

Crowdcast

Olivette Otele

African Europeans

Olivette Otele
Wed 21 October 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event on our Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works in our blog. This event is co-produced with Bristol Old Vic.

As early as the third century, St Maurice—an Egyptian—became leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion. Ever since, there have been richly varied encounters between those defined as ‘Africans’ and those called ‘Europeans’. Yet Africans and African Europeans are still widely believed to be only a recent presence in Europe.

Professor Olivette Otele traces a long African European heritage through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary. She uncovers a forgotten past, from Emperor Septimius Severus, to enslaved Africans living in Europe during the Renaissance, and all the way to present-day migrants moving to Europe’s cities. By exploring a history that has been long overlooked, she sheds light on questions very much alive today—on racism, identity, citizenship, power and resilience.

It’s important to us that ideas and debate are affordable to everyone. It’s also important that our commentators, artists, writers, poets and thinkers are paid. This is a Pay What You Can event. You are invited to choose your own contribution to the event, from £0 to £8. In this co-produced event, all proceeds will go towards supporting our speakers and sustaining Bristol Old Vic and Festival of Ideas. The option to attend for free is available for all online events.

African Europeans is a landmark account of a crucial thread in Europe’s complex history. It is published by Hurst and is available to buy from our friends at Waterstones.

This event is co-produced with Bristol Old Vic. It is part of our #BlackHistoryMonth season of events and discussions.

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