Online talk: Johny Pitts: Afropean
Wednesday 24 March, 7pm, free
The award-winning writer, photographer and broadcast journalist Johny Pitts talks about his book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, winner of the prestigious 2020 Jhalak Prize.
Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, which presents Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.
Johny Pitts has received various awards for his work exploring African-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award. He is the curator of the online journal Afropean.com, part of the Guardian’s Africa Network.
A University of Huddersfield event. Booking is via Eventbrite.
The award-winning writer, photographer and broadcast journalist Johny Pitts talks about his book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe.
Afropean is an on-the-ground documentary of areas where Europeans of African descent are juggling their multiple allegiances and forging new identities. Here is an alternative map of the continent, taking the reader to places like Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy, and Rinkeby, the area of Stockholm that is eighty per cent Muslim. Johny Pitts visits the former Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where West African students are still making the most of Cold War ties with the USSR, and Clichy Sous Bois in Paris, which gave birth to the 2005 riots, all the while presenting Afropeans as lead actors in their own story.
A University of Huddersfield event.
ABOUT JOHNY PITTS
Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer, and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award.
As a photographer, he has had work published by Cafe Royal Books and recently collaborated with author Caryl Phillips on a photographic essay for the BBC and Arts Council England. His photography has been featured on The New York Times Lens Blog and appeared in the German edition of the 2017 Reporters Without Borders yearbook. As part of an ongoing project, Johny founded and curates the award-winning online journal Afropean.com, part of the Guardian Newspaper’s Africa Network dedicated to the Afro-European diaspora.
Johny has had work published by Allen Lane, Penguin, Editions Les Arénès, Franklin Watts, Harvard University’s Transition magazine and Ariel: A Review of English Literature.
As a TV presenter, he has appeared on MTV, BBC, and ITV1. He recently wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary exploring black identity through the music of his father, who was a member of Northern Soul group The Fantastics.
He holds US and UK passports and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
24 March 2021
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