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TitelBlack German Studies Then and Now (GSA Seminar)
BeschreibungCall for Participants GSA Seminar: Black German Studies Then and Now
*German Studies Association Kansas City, Missouri Sept. 18-21, 2014*

The deadline for applications is* January 30, 2014. *For directions on
enrolling in this seminar, please visit the GSA webpage and the following
link: .

*Seminar Description:*

Black German Studies (BGS) has experienced significant growth over the past
three decades outside of and within the academy, integrating disciplines
such as Gender Studies, Diaspora Studies, History, Media, and Performance
Studies. The past decade saw an increase in the volume and visibility of
Black German cultural productions. The launching of Black British author
Sharon Otoo’s English-language *Witnessed Series *(2012), as a space for
Black German cultural expression, has expanded the transnational dialogue
first initiated with the translation of the volume *Farbe bekennen *(1986)
in 1992. These developments continue, especially with the Ballhaus
Naunynstraße’s staging of a month-long celebration in September 2013
entitled, *Black Lux: Ein Heimatfest aus Schwarzen Perspektiven, *which
showcased Black German aesthetic productions across multiple genres in

*The Black Book: Deutschlands Häutungen*, *Not So Plain as Black and White*,
and *Mythen Masken und Subjekte*, as well as historical analyses of race
relations and racial discourse outlined by Katharina Oguntoye, Fatima
El-Tayeb, Tina Campt, and Maria Höhn represent the significant academic
output and impact that BGS has had in the past decades. These works along
with those of Leslie Adelson, Rita Chin, and Andreas Huyssen have
interrogated the categories of race, gender, diaspora, and nation within
the German multicultural context. As a result, this seminar asks where the
field is now? This seminar explores the nuances of how the colonial,
Weimar, National Socialist, post-1945, and post-*Wende *pasts inform the
present and the future of BGS; how present generations of Black Germans
look to those of the past for direction; how discourses shift due to
diverse power structures; and how Black Germans affirm their agency and
cultural identity through cultural productions, engendering
counter-discourses and counter-narratives. In appraising BGS as a critical,
hermeneutic field of inquiry, participants will complicate narratives,
interrogate interdisciplinary methods, and introduce theoretical approaches
to advance the field. The seminar is organized around three themes:
Practices, Productions, and Progressions.

*Session Breakdown: *


Afro-German poet May Ayim’s inclusion of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols into her
collections offers one example of integrated practices used to express the
“textured identities” (Campt) of Black Germans in their cultural
(con)texts. Exploring Black German intellectual, cultural, and artistic
practices this session questions: What other African diasporic practices
have been and are being utilized and transformed by current generations of
Black Germans? What German cultural elements have Black Germans re-imagined
or repurposed through their works? What transnational trends and
technologies have been employed?


The cultural productions of People of Color (particularly, Women of Color)
embody the idea of the “Fugitive Archetype of Resistance” (Ajalon), by
escaping classification and rendering categorization obsolete via elision
of ‘clearly’ delineated boundaries. Examining the range of genres through
which Black German subjectivity is polyphonically (Bhaktin) performed, this
session investigates how norms are made visible; generic conventions are
combined, mixed, and adapted; and new spaces are created and imagined for
individual and collective expression vis-à-vis contemporary Black German
productions, evinced, for example, in the performances of the Berlin-based
theater troupe, *Label Noir*.


This final session explores how Black German identity, activism, and
politics coincide with current developments in the socio-political
landscape of contemporary Germany. From the *Kinderbuch- *and
*to the court cases abolishing the legality of racial profiling and Karamba
Diaby’s delegation as the first Black German parliament member in 2013,
this session interrogates how positive change has been enacted and what
(f)actors, including Merkel’s comment on the failures of multiculturalism,
Thilo Sarrazin’s publication, and the integration debate, have worked to
inhibit the improvement of race relations and social equality in the German

Feel free to contact the conveners with any questions:

Tiffany Florvil (

Vanessa Plumly (

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