Black Central Europe brings you over 1000 years of Black history in the German-speaking lands and shows why it matters right now

Browse through our Collection of hundreds of historical documents, images, and multimedia sources, or check out our Interactive Maps. You can follow our links to Activist organizations and also enjoy creative projects and reporting in Videos. Whether you’re a teacher looking for material for a lesson, a researcher looking for new perspectives, an artist looking for inspiration, or someone just looking to learn more about Central Europe’s connection to the Black Diaspora, you’re welcome here. Let us know what you think!

There are over 1 million Black people in Central Europe today (Afro-Germans, Afro-Austrians, Afro-Swiss, Africans, African-Americans, and many who defy categories). Most Europeans don’t know of the long history of the Black Diaspora in Central Europe, and so there is a general assumption that Black people are a relatively new presence and thus are historical and national outsiders.

Our mission is both to show the historical presence of Black people and to understand how racialized ideas of history, national belonging, and citizenship have been produced and adapted over time. By challenging these and drawing attention to other ways of thinking about who belongs in society, we can undermine the exclusionary ideas that continue to trouble us today.

We are grateful for the support of the University of Southern Missisippi, the UCL Arena Centre, UCL Global Engagement, and the UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities for generous financial support at various stages of our work.