The Black Mediterranean in Action

Birmingham City University

Friday June 9th to Saturday June 10th, 2017

The Black Mediterranean in Action symposium builds on the momentum of the November 2016 symposium, "The Black Mediterranean and the Migrant Crisis" at Birmingham City University. The 2016 event brought together academics, activists, and artists to discuss the potential of the Black Mediterranean, a concept used by Alessandro di Maio and a growing number of other scholars, to help articulate the connections between ongoing black liberation movements in Europe and the current "refugee crisis." The Black Mediterranean in Action seeks to place Black Studies in dialogue with emerging body of scholarship that is radically reconceptualizing the Mediterranean, all while continuing our earlier emphasis on the necessarily blurred line between academia and activism at this historical conjuncture. 

The goal of this symposium is to produce a special issue for the journal Black Studies.

The Black Mediterranean in Action will take place over two days and a tentative program is as follows:

Friday, June 9 (2pm-7pm)

Researchers will present twenty-minute papers consisting of original research or theoretical contributions related to the Black Mediterranean. Participants will collectively workshop these papers, providing constructive feedback geared toward publication in a special issue of the journal Black Studies about the Black Mediterranean. Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, June 10 (11-5pm)

Presenters from the Friday afternoon session (along with representatives from invited activist and community groups) will speak on a series of discussion panels organized around themes that emerged the previous day. There will be a break, with lunch provided.

To register to attend this free event visit

We have 5 travel scholarships worth £180 for 5 UK based doctoral students to attend. If you are interested please send a 250 word proposal of interest to by 12th May.

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