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Yet these topics also represent great opportunities for student learning: they do not just offer a more holistic account of European history, but also give students an incredible opportunity to understand how racial categories and even the ideas of “race” and “racism” change over space and time. These can be emotional topics for students, who are sometimes skeptical or defensive, but they are just as often excited and energized by the opportunity to discuss these topics in a new and unfamiliar context. In fact, students in the US often find it easier to discuss questions about race and identity elsewhere in the world because it is more removed from their daily lives.
For this roundtable, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating histories of race, racialization, racism, and anti-racism in European history courses. We seek to engage the following questions: how have we brought these new insights into our classrooms? How have we integrated the burgeoning scholarship on Black Europe into diverse curricula? Are there particular learning objectives attached to teaching about Black Europe and if so, how do they vary across different types of institutions? These are just some of the questions that will illuminate a discussion that will include Tiffany Florvil (University of New Mexico), Meredith Roman (SUNY-Brockport), Emily Marker (Rutgers-Camden), Kennetta Hammond Perry (East Carolina University), and Lydia Lindsey and Carlton Wilson (North Carolina Central University)Each of these scholars engages the teaching of race from their research interests focused in different geographical areas including the former Soviet Union, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The panelists will share the strategies that they have used to introduce these topics into both survey courses on European or national history and more focused courses like “The Black Diaspora in Europe” or “Race and Anti-Racism in Modern Europe.” We hope that the roundtable will introduce historians of Europe to cutting edge research on race in Europe as well as race, pedagogy and inclusive teaching.