Conciencia-Afro: Conversations about the Realities of Afro-descendents in Spain

Madrid-based collective Conciencia-Afro offers this Seminar Series to make visible the racial issue of Afro-descendants in Spain, a point of view which has received little attention so far in Spain and needs to be addressed urgently.

Conciencia Afro was founded in the context of the Festival Afroconciencia 2016, as a group for collective thinking and action with the mission to raise consciousness within the Afro-descendant community in Spain about the need to reclaim participation in political and cultural institutions. From this position, they support independence, creativity, and the promotion of cultural and social entrepreneurs from the community.

All sessions will take place as Zoom Webinars at 12:30pm EST/EDT [6:30pm Madrid]
(Except for March 24th, 1:30pm EDT)
Pre-registration is required. All sessions in Spanish.

How to be Anti-racist.
Moha Gerehou
March 3rd, 2022, 12:30pm EST/6:30pm Madrid
Moha Gerehou proposes a session that starts out from individual and collective experiences to give us the key aspects of how to be anti-racist in a context such as the Spanish one.

Creative processes from my blackness.
Rubén H. Bermúdez
March 10th, 2022, 12:30pm EST/ 6:30pm Madrid

Media representation of African people and Afro-descendants.
Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio
March 24th, 2022, 1:30pm EDT/ 6:30pm Madrid
This session, presented by Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio, is focused on several aspects: from the dehumanization of black bodies in the media to the perception of black people as eternal newcomers.

Black and diaspora women’s literature.
Deborah Ekoka
March 31st, 2022 , 12:30pm EDT/ 6:30pm Madrid, Online
In this session Deborah Ekoka proposes a community reflection on a selection of literary works written by black women, both Afro-Spanish and from other parts of the world.


Moha Gerehou. Journalist. Contributor for La Hora in TVE 1, Vogue and Former President of SOS Racismo in Spain and expert in anti-racist advocacy and pedagogy. Author of Qué hace un negro como tú en un sitio como este (2021). Selected one of the ‘European Young Leaders 2020’.

Rubén H. Bermúdez. Visual artist. Author of Y tú, ¿por qué eres negro? (2017) and Director of the film A todos nos gusta el plátano (2021). His work has been exhibited in cultural spaces like the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Rencontres de Bamako. Co-founder of Conciencia Afro collective.

Lucía Asué Mbomío Rubio. Journalist. She has worked as a TV reporter since 2005 for TVE, Antena 3, Telemadrid, Movistar TV and has recorded videos and documentary films in more than 30 countries. Author of Hija del camino (2019) and Las que se atrevieron (2017). Contributor to diverse written media such as El País, where she was columnist for two years. In 2020 she won the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (APDHE)’s Communication and Human Rights Prize.

Deborah Ekoka. Cultural manager. Coordinator of United Minds, a bookshop focussed on Africa. Co-organizer of Conciencia-Afro festival in Madrid and Black Barcelona in Barcelona. Editor of Metamba Miago. Relatos y saberes de mujeres afroespañolas (2019). She gives talks and workshops on Afro-Spanish culture.

This series is produced by the Fundación Rey Juan Carlos of New York University with support from the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Hemispheric Institute, the Center for the Humanities, and the Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora at NYU as well as NYU Madrid.