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Counterpoints Arts

Thursday 17 June 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Anglia Ruskin University






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Asanté Boyce encourages conversation and connection on what Afropean may mean to different people and different communities, through testimony but also by exploring the deeply important history of the relationships of different European countries with Africa and its descendants.

Asanté Boyce (BA Honours in Criminology and Sociology, ARU) presented an event ‘Black History is British History’ in October 2020, she subsequently began reading Afropean by Johny Pitts. She could not put the book down it was so incredibly written, but it was extremely informative and thought-provoking. The term ‘Afropean’ seemed to resonate with her, and she couldn’t understand why at first, but she realised it was for the same reason she chose to focus on Black British history in her last event; to step further away from making the African-American experience a monolithic one, that speaks for the general experiences of all those of the African diaspora. For her the term is encompassing, of all the differences and similarities that blackness entails. It is also what Pitts attempted to convey throughout his book; the lives of everyday people and not only those that have ‘made it’.

Falling in Refugee Week, this event brings awareness to African refugee communities within Europe, and you will hear from organisations that are performing incredible work in creating safe spaces for these refugees. The theme of Refugee Week is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’ and this event encompasses this through walking not only with those from other countries but by also walking with the knowledge of our history that hopefully brings us closer together in understanding of one another.

Asanté Boyce has a BA Honours in Criminology and Sociology from ARU. Although currently residing in the Netherlands, Asanté was born and raised in South London.

Being raised in a big family, with their own unique experiences of blackness Asanté has always been intrigued in researching more about the Black community. Her biggest motivations in life are her siblings, two of which where the inspiration for her choice of topic for her undergraduate thesis on Black Sisterhood. Her dissertation gained her the opportunities to host a podcast with both the BBC and ARU. In October last year, Asanté delivered a webinar on Black British history and is now back to host a new webinar based on being Afropean.

Drawing a positive from the last year, Asanté has reconnected with her love for reading, especially non-fiction and always welcomes book recommendations!

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Event organised in support of Refugee Week