Time and location

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 18:00 – 21:00
Presseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna


Alexis Neuberg, Radio Afrika
Irene Hochauer Kpoda, VIDC

Book presentation
Ojeaku Nwabuso, European Network Against Racism (ENAR)

Lectures and Discussion
Mireille Fanon Mendès-France, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent
John Kellock, EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Chair: Renée Gadsden, University of Applied Arts Vienna


© Kibaaro
© Kibaaro


On the occasion of the start of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent, Radio Afrika in collaboration with VIDC, VAS and Presseclub Concordia launches ENAR’s new book “Invisible visible minority - Confronting Afrophobia and Advancing Equality for Black Europeans and People of African Descent in Europe”. The book will be launched during a debate on 19th of November at Presseclub Concordia.

The event will gather experts to discuss evidence of Afrophobia, the specific form of racism specifically targeting Black people in Europe. The publication, unprecedented in the style and topic, contributes to filling the gaps in literature on the situation of people of African descent in Europe and Black Europeans (PAD/BE). It is the result of cooperation between civil society organizations and academics working on Afrophobia. The book supports informed advocacy on the recognition of Afrophobia as a long-standing European issue and the need for a comprehensive European strategy to improve the situation of PAD/BE in Europe. Findings from the US Helsinki Commission, the FRA EU MIDIS survey and ENAR members’ reporting, have shown that: There continues to be a lack of knowledge about the situation and contributions of people of African descent in Europe and Black Europeans; Racism and related discrimination are found to be common experiences faced by many members of Europe’s Black population; More attention needs to be devoted to both historical abuses and current discrimination experiences of people of African descent in Europe and Black Europeans.


Mireille Fanon Mendès-France

has been a Professor at the University Paris V - Descartes in France and a visiting professor at the University of Berkeley in international law and conflict resolution. She has also worked for UNESCO and the French National Assembly. She is an author of several articles on human rights and humanitarian law, as well as on racism and discrimination. In 2009, she received the Human Rights Award by the Council for Justice, Equality and Peace. She is currently the chairperson of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent – PAD.

John Kellock

is the Adviser on Fundamental Rights Issues and Policies at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights located in Vienna. He is a former Head of Department at the Agency and was Head of Unit at the Agency’s predecessor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia which he joined in 1999. Prior to that, he worked for Amnesty International for ten years. He has over 25 years’ experience on a broad range of human rights issues including work on migrants and integration; racism and anti-Semitism; equality, diversity and discrimination in the EU.

Ojeaku Nwabuso

joined ENAR in June 2014 as the Shadow Report Officer. She previously worked at Runnymede, a race equality think tank in the UK, as a research and policy analyst where she led on various projects including the Race Equality Scorecard and the Riot Roundtables. Ojeaku has extensive experience of working in children and young people’s charities including the National Children’s Bureau where she provided advice and support to the Department for Education. Ojeaku holds a BSc in Politics from the University of Southampton and an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Renée Gadsden

(A.B. Hon., Brown University, M.F.A. and Ph.D., University of Applied Arts Vienna) is an author trained in art, art history, and cultural and intellectual history. Dr. Gadsden is currently a lecturer on Gender Studies at the Department of Art Theory of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

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