Black Central Europe

Founded in 2014, the Black Central European Studies Network (BCESN) is a network of historians spread across four different time zones and located on two different continents. We argue, quite simply, that Black people have always been a part of Central European history. Different events and forces brought Central Europe and the Black Diaspora together: trade, diplomacy, and the arts fostered cultural exchange. Slavery, imperialism, and war shaped the categories of race and nation that still greatly affect Black people in Central Europe today.


Jeff Bowersox, Robbie Aitken, Julia Alcamo, Tiffany Florvil, Marina Jones, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Kristin Kopp, Kira Thurman


Black Central European Studies Network