Welcome to the Black European Academic Network (BEAN)

BEAN is collaboration between scholar activists Natasha A. Kelly and Olive Vassell. The project began in 2012 as a way to create a space for network, knowledge exchange and support for primarily Black European academics from the growing field of Black European studies. Spurred by changes in academia including reduced funding and job opportunities, and the normalization of conservative stances in social sciences and humanities, its founders aim to provide an alternative to the diverse forces promoting this long awaited European debate. Kelly and Vassell are pleased to be able to bring to you more than a platform dedicated to the production of knowledge by and about Black Europeans – but one that is multilingual, innovative and unique in its vision and doings.

   BEAN supports the International Decade for People of African Descent