Black History Month


Legacies of empire: Through the voice of war veteran Isaías

Nearly fifty years after the Portuguese Colonial War, Africans who were conscripted by the Portuguese and disabled in battle still struggle to claim veterans’ benefits. History researcher Carlos Martins has interviewed former soldiers to understand this painful legacy.

Early activists in the fight for restitution of African art

In this post, history researcher Dario Willi takes us back to a catalytic moment in the art restitution movement, when the Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo publicised the innumerable artworks and artefacts languishing in the British Museum, after their removal from source communities in a context of colonial domination.

The end of self-delusion? Challenging slavery’s heritage in Spain and Catalonia

Catalonia’s merchants and towns profited hugely from the transatlantic slave trade after it was banned in the nineteenth century, as history researcher Adrià Enríquez Àlvaro documents. The good news is the recent movements to critique and reverse official amnesia, regarding public history and monuments.

On the commemoration in Germany of Anton Wilhelm Amo

Examining the modern commemoration of an eighteenth-century African-German scholar, history researcher Anna Orinsky warns against allowing a symbolic ‘Black biography’ to eclipse a real life and work.

Being Black in Europe

In this editorial and introduction to the 2022 Black History Month blog series, history researcher Daphné Budasz explains why it is important to make Black lives and scholarship more visible at the EUI.