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TitelBlack European Studies in Transnational Perspective
Beschreibung"Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective"
2nd International and Interdisciplinary Conference of BEST

In Cooperation with:
Freie Universität: Geschichte and Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (FMI)and
Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Conference Program

Wednesday, 26 July 2006

(Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke Institute/ Free University Berlin: Koserstraße
20, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem/ Tel.: (030) 838 53328/

11:00 am Empirical Research Group Meeting

Thursday, 27 July 2006

(Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke Institute/ Free University Berlin: Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem/ Tel.: (030) 838 53328/

2:00 pm Registration

3:30 pm Opening/ Welcome Words: Randolph Ochsmann (BEST - Mainz) and Sara Lennox (BEST - Amherst)

3:45 pm Sebastian Conrad (FMI)

4:00 pm Introduction BEST: Peggy Piesche (BEST - Mainz/ Berlin)

4:30 pm Key Note Speaker Lily Golden (Russia/ Intro: Fatima El-Tayeb): " New trends in movements of Diaspora "

5:15 pm Introduction BEST: Fatima El-Tayeb (BEST - San Diego)

6:00 pm Writing Black Austrian History- Remapping Austria: Claudia Unterweger, Stephanie Njideka Iroh

* Let it be known! Music video, A 2006
Dominic Mariochukwu Gilbert/ Research group on Black Austrian History
* Video installation, Josephine Soliman 2006, A 2006
Belinda Kazeem, Claudia Unterweger/ Research group on Black Austrian History
* Jingle on hidden Black Histories
Stephanie Njideka Iroh, Ben Johnston-Arthur, Jamal Lunga, Jude Sentongo, Claudia Unterweger/ Research group on Black Austrian History

6:30 pm Reception (Food & Drinks)

Friday 28 July/

(Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke Institute/ Free University Berlin: Koserstraße
20, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem/ Tel.: (030) 838 53328/

9:00-10:30 am

1. Visual Encounters – Black Representations in Early Modern Europe I
Dienke Hondius: Evidence of free black women and men in early modern Amsterdam: new research and findings
Elmer Kolfin: Rembrandt and the paradox of the African. The representation of black Africans in Dutch visual art (1500-1800)
Esther Schreuder: Black beauty in Netherlandish Art, from supporting act to leading role
Ineke van Kessel (Chair)

2. The Enlightenment and its Other I: Constructions of Blackness and Whiteness
Wendy Sutherland: Staging Blackness and the Construction of Whiteness in 18th- century Germany
Cathy Nepomnyashchy: “The Telltale Black Baby, Or Why Pushkin Began Arap Petra Velikogo But Didn’t Finish It”
Apollon Davidson: Black Generals in the Russian Army In the 18th century
Peggy Piesche (Chair)

3. Visual Arts I: Blackness in Film, Music and Exhibitions
Ylva Habel: Overcoming Race: Josephine Baker's Rainbow Strategies
COURTNEY CARLISS YOUNG: And Ya Don't Stop: The Politics of Black American Cultural Expression in Black Europe
Jeffrey C. Stewart: Experiments with Truth at Fred Wilson's 2003 Venice Biennale Exhibition. With a postscript on Black Europe's recent rebellions
Alexander G. Weheliye (Chair)

4. Theorizing Literature I
Susan Arndt: Resituating Europe: African Diasporas in Europe and Narration
Reinhild Steingröver: Von Farbe bekennen zu Schokoladenkind Generational Change in Afro-German Autobiographies
Stefanie Ohnesorg: Schwarze (Deutsche) in der deutschsprachigen Kinder- und Jugendliteratur: Eine Bestandsaufnahme
Maureen Maisha Eggers (Chair)

COFFEE BREAK (10.30-11.30 am)
10:45-11:15 am Key Note Speaker
Sabine Bröck (Germany/ Intro: Sara Lennox): “Rethinking Europe: Slavery and the Constitution of White Western Modernity”

11:30-1:00 pm
1. Comparatives USA – Europe: Case Studies
Britton L. Carter: The U.S., Nazi Germany and the Treatment of Blacks: According to W.E.B Du Bois
Sandra Jackson-Opoku: Dark Travelers: Fictional Accounts of African-Americans in Europe
Bill Strickland:
Negotiating Freedom. DuBois' l936 Trip to Germany and His Quest For A Transnational Solution to America's Racial Problem
Sara Lennox (Chair)

2.Theorizing Black Europe
Alexander G. Weheliye: Diaspora’s People Problem
Astrid Kusser: Titel ?? (Theorizing Europe)
Young-sun Hong: Transnationalism and Black European Studies
Fatima El-Tayeb (Chair)

3. Theorizing Literature II
Claudia Breger: Voice Matters: Race, Violence and Community
in Olumide Popoola’s “This is not about sadness (a fragment)”
Kanika Batra: Kipps, Belsey, and Erskine: Black Diaspora Studies in the British and US Contexts
Reinhild Steingröver (Chair)

4. Empirical Study of Black European Identities
Marie-Francoise Lacassagne
Aneta Chybicka
Peary Brug
Timo Wandert/
Randolph Ochsmann

LUNCH (1:00-2:00 pm)

2:00-3:30 pm

1. Visual Encounters – Black Representations in Early Modern Europe II
Frank Martin: Alessandro de’Medici, La Maniera Tedesca & The Fine Arts: An Afro-European Patron in the Late Renaissance (A Post-Colonial Assessment)
Paul H. D. Kaplan: “Frederick II, Afro-Europeans, and the Depiction of Black Africans in Pre- and Early Modern European Art”
Dienke Hondius (Chair)

2. The Enlightenment and its Other II: Race, Nation Gender in France
William Alexander: A Black Atlantic Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century France?
Guillaume Aubert: “We Will Soon See the French Nation Disfigured”:
Race, Nation, and the Experiences of Maurice de Saxe’s Black Dragoons, 1746-1776
Wendy Sutherland (Chair)

3. The Black Atlantic: From the 18th throughout the Centuries
Ray A. Kea: Africa, The African Diaspora, And Black European Studies
Jennifer Boittin: Policing the Diaspora: Africans, Antilleans and Race in the French Third Republic
Jens Güttel: Race, Slavery, and “Amerika”: Colonialism, the American “Rasseproblem”, and Nineteenth-Century German Imperialist Ideology
Ray Fleming

4. New Media, Race and Images: Visualizing Colonialism
Jeannette Eileen Jones: “Of Great White Hunters and ‘Black Boys’: Safari and the Scientific Construction of Race”
Volker M. Langbehn: Rewriting Images of Africa – Race and Postcards during German Colonialism
Susann Lewerenz: The Deutsche Afrika-Schau – Racism, Colonial Revisionism and Postcolonial Struggles in National Socialist Germany (1935–1940)
Young Sun Hong

COFFEE BREAK (3:30-3:45 pm)

3:45-5:15 pm

1. Representation of Blackness in (Post)Socialist Europe: Film and Media
Peter I. Barta: The Space for Blackness in Russian Cinema
Lyubov Ivanova/ Aliou Tounkara: Image of Africa and Africans in mass-media in Russia.
Irina Novikova: Black Music, White Freedom: Times and Spaces of Jazz Countercultures in the USSR mass-media in Russia.
Cathy Nepomnyshchy (Chair)

2. Representing Blackness after WW II
Vera Ingrid Grant: Mapping Intimate Hierarchies:
Children of “Ordinary Germans” and the African Diaspora
Frank Mehring: "La Grenouille e(s)t Verte": European Colour Blindness and the Function
of Blacks in the Films of the Marshall Plan, 1948-1954
Quinn Slobodian: Between Black Bodies and Bodies of Law:
African Students and Languages of Protest in the West German Student Movement
Sara Lennox (Chair)

3. Visual Arts II: Blackness in Paint and Religion
Ernst van den Boogaart: Mostaert’s Portrait of a christian blackamoor, 1520-1530: results of recent research and suggestions for further study
Monique Scheer: Why is She Black?: An Analysis of German Discourse on the "Mystery" of Black Madonnas
Helen Mears: Articulating the Invisible? Researching Black histories within the collections of a national museum of art and design
Peggy Piesche (Chair)

4. Gender Politics
Maureen Maisha Eggers: Gendering Black European Studies?
Ayo Abietou Coly: Housing and Homing the Black Female Body in France
Shekar Bheenuck: Self and identity in postcolonial Britain: experiences of overseas nurses
Urmila Goel

Saturday 29 July/
(Venue: Friedrich-Meinecke Institute/ Free University Berlin: Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem/ Tel.: (030) 838 53328/

9:00-10:30 am

1. Variations of Self Representations
Urmila Goel: Black or White or something else?
- Subjective Attempts at Positioning –
Nguvitjita Kahiha/
Renate R. Mai-Dalton: My Personal Diaspora. The Quest for Identity: A personal account of a Black European, seeking to fit in
Grada Kilomba: The Mask of Speechlessness - Remembering Slavery, Understanding Trauma
Timo Wandert (Chair)

2. Postcolonial Literature
Sandra Pires: The Angolan And Guinean Diaspora in Portugal:
The case studies of the poets Maria Alexandre Dáskalos and Tony Tcheka
Caterina Romeo: The Construction of Whiteness in Italy:
Representing Race in Migrant and Post-Migrant Women’s Literature
Sofía Muñoz Valdivieso: Re-Inscribing Black History in Contemporary British Fiction
Claudia Breger (Chair)

3. Blackness in France: Theory and Practice
Meryl Altman: Beauvoir and Blackness
Janet Hart: Lived Cosmopolitanism, Families in Movement
Justin Izzo: Unmaking Blackness:
Sartre, Negritude, and the Production of Race in France
Sara Lennox (Chair)

4. Enlightenment and the Presence
Charles Simon-Aaron: "White Secrets of French Empire: Post-Colonial Ghosts of Enlightenment's Past."
Mark Stein: From Equiano to Evaristo
Mohammad Salama: Cromer Vs Crusoe: A Critique of British Colonial Reason (1719-1907)
Randolph Ochsmann (Chair)

COFFEE BREAK 10.30-11.30 am
10:45-11:15 am Key Note Speaker: Stephan Small (USA/ Intro: Peggy Piesche): “The Empire Strikes Back! Class, Gender and the Black Presence in Europe.”

11:30-1:00 pm
1. Colonial Soldiers
Gregory Weeks: National Socialist Racist Propaganda and the Treatment of Captured French African Soldiers, 1940
Clara Palmiste: French West Indian soldiers in WWII and their encounters with Africa, America and Europe: the redefinition
Ineke van Kessel: The ambiguous identity of the Black Dutchmen: Africans, Indonesians or Dutch
Paul H. D. Kaplan (Chair)

2. Place and Displacement
Elizabeth Brown-Guillory: Place and Displacement in Black British Playwright Trish Cooke’s Running Dream
Anne Fuchs: Beyond Postcolonial Culture? Brit-lit and the inner/outer London city novel
Paul Goodwin: Re-Visioning Black Urbanism in Europe:
Présence Africaine
Damani J. Partridge: Occupying Hip-Hop Bodies and Reconfiguring European Belonging—Berlin and other Scenes/
Sara Lennox (Chair)

3. Nation, Identity and Race
Karima Laachir: "French Muslims and the 'racialization' of identities"
Cilas Kemedjio: The High Price of Citizenship: Blacks In France, between Racialized Identities and the Republican Rhetoric
Régine Mfoumou: What colour is black : the quest of identity of young “black” people in today’s French society
William Alexander (Chair)

4. Body Politics
Deborah A. Brown: Counting the “Other” - 1, 2, 3: The National Socialist Censuses of 1933 and 1939 and the
Racialization of the German Body-Social
Christiane Hutson: “Race” mapping illness - postcolonial conjunctions in Germany
Randolph Ochsmann (Chair)

LUNCH (1:00-2:00 pm)

2:00-4:00 pm

1. Representation of Blackness in (Post)Socialist Europe: Public Discourses
Eric Allina-Pisano: Diasporic but not colonial: African Communities in Post-socialist Europe
Maxim Matusevich: “Africa’s Challenge to the Soviet Status Quo”
Veronica Usacheva: Blackness and Africanness in Modern Russia: Mass Media and Mass Culture Aspects
Gregory R. Witkowski: Portrayals of Africa: East German Identity and Charity for Africa /
Damani J. Partridge (Chair)

2. Comparatives USA – Europe: Theorizing the Diaspora
Vanessa Agard-Jones: Speaking Plainly About Power: Privilege and the Development of Black European Studies
Andrés Nader: Thinking the Colorlines Across the Atlantic
Victoria B. Robinson: BLACKprint
Die Bezugnahme auf afro-amerikanische Vorbilder
in afro-deutschen Kulturproduktionen
Allison Blakely: Light-Hearted Racism: Humorous Black Stereotypes in Modern Europe
Susan Arndt (Chair)

3. Text – Identity – Education: Traditions of Representations
Araba Johnston-Arthur: Historical perspectives on the presence of the African diaspora in Austria
Michaela Mudure: Are Gypsies Black? Two Literary Responses from Romania
Helena Oikarinen-jabai: Introduction – Sona’s and Mona’s multilayered mythologies.
Esma Durugönül: Turks of AfricanDescent in the Region of Antalya
Sara Lennox (Chair)

4. When Governments Fail:
The Black Struggle for Human Rights
Lily Golden: The bells rang
Andrée-Nicola McLaughlin: Black Rights, Poverty and the Bush Administration
Leticia Thomas Brereton:Afrodescendants in the Americas: The Struggle Against Invisibility”
Fakhra Salimi: Women’s Rights and the Rise of the Extreme Right in Scandinavia
Hellen Felter: Black Rights, Social Exclusion and the Dutch Government
Monica Morgan: White shame, Black blame in the Genocide of the Yorta Yorta People/
Marion Kraft (Chair)

5. African Diaspora Communities – Places, Positioning and Media Representation
Benoit Hazard: The burkinabe’s ghetto of Foggia : An african scape in the bracciantile history of the Southern Italy (Region of Puglia).
Elisa Joy White: What Dublin Tells Us about Paris: Postcoloniality, Global Progression and the Black European Sphere
Svetlana Boltovskaja: African Diaspora in Russia: a current sitation
John William Long: Partners in International Socialist Solidarity or just Guest workers: Africans in the Former German Democratic Republic (DDR)
Elizabeth Brown-Guillory (Chair)

Sunday 30 July

(Venue: Heinrich Böll-Foundation/ Rosenthaler Str. 40-41, 10178 Berlin/ Telefon: 030 - 28 534 400/ Internet:

10:00-10:30 am Key Note Speaker Wangui wa Goro (Kenia/ UK/ Intro: Peggy Piesche): Power, identity, and knowledge development in global contexts: Translation as a tool for dialogue

10:45-11:15 am Opening Student Project "Mohrenstr." (HUB)

11:15-11:45 pm Key Note Speaker Michelle M. Wright (USA/ Intro: Fatima El-Tayeb):

"Pale By Comparison: Black European Identity and the African American Normative"

11:45-1:00 pm Black European Studies (Perspectives/ Network and Visions)

1:00 pm Lunch Buffet


Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective
2nd Conference of B E S T
Venue: Free University Berlin/ Germany
Koserstraße 20
14195 Berlin-Dahlem
Time: 27-30 July 2006

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