September 13 (Sunday) 8:00 pm - October 13 (Tuesday) 9:00 pm
Africans or African Europeans are widely believed to be only a recent presence in Europe, a feature of our ‘modern’ society. But in the 3 rd century Saint Morris –
Africans or African Europeans are widely believed to be only a recent presence in Europe, a feature of our ‘modern’ society. But in the 3 rd century Saint Morris – an Egyptian – became the leader of a legendary Roman legion. And ever since there’ve been rich varied encounters between those defined as Africans and those called Europeans right up to the stories of present-day migrants to European cities. Top historian Olivette Otele returns to the festival to explore the long history of Europeans of African descent, tracing an old and diverse African heritage in Europe through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary.
Her dazzling new book is a landmark celebration of this integral and complex slice of European history. Olivette Otele is the Professor of the History of Slavery at the University of Bristol. In June 2020 she was appointed independent chair of Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality. She is an expert on the history of people of African descent and the links between memory, geopolitics and the legacies of British and French colonialism.
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