Re-Mapping Black Germany. New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture

Re-Mapping Black Germany. New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
United States
Vom - Bis
21.04.2006 - 23.04.2006
Beverly Weber

Re-Mapping Black Germany. New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture

April 21 - 23, 2006, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Contact: Tobias Nagl, 413-545-6678,

The disparate and fragmented histories of Black men and women in Germany long created a barrier to the recognition of the commonalities among Black Germans as subjects of their own history and historiography. Beginning in the early 1980s Black Germans have not only begun to form a new Black German cultural movement but also to rewrite German history from a Black perspective. Since its inauguration, the project of recovering the Black presence in Germany has given rise to an array of methodological approaches that draw inspiration from African-American Studies, feminism, literary theory, anthropology, and cultural studies.

This conference explores new directions in Black German Studies. Conceived in an interdisciplinary and transnational way, Black German Studies can not only contribute to Black diaspora and German Studies but also illuminate the process of modern racial formation from new perspectives.

A series of cultural events, including musical performances, spoken word poetry, and art exhibitions will be held in conjunction with the conference.

All events are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to join the conference presenters and members of the Black European Studies Project for meals during the conference. If you intend to do this, please contact us by March 15th.

Please contact Tobias Nagl for information about meals and housing at

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Project funded by grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Provost of the University of Massachusetts Amherst

with the generous support of
Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Afro-American Studies, Alumni Association, Anthropology, DEFA Film Library, English, Fine Arts Center, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Hampden Gallery, ISHA (Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts), Modern European Studies, Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Diversity Office, European Studies, German Studies, Amherst College; Multicultural Affairs, Hampshire College; African-American and African Studies, Critical Social Thought, German Studies, Mount Holyoke College; German Studies, Theatre, Smith College; Five Colleges, Inc., Goethe lnstitut Boston, Max Kade Foundation and many others ...


Conference schedule:

Friday, 21 April, Hampden Gallery/Southwest Residential Area

4:00 - 7:00
Art Opening and Reception
Paintings by Daniel Kojo Schrade / Video works by Ingrid Mwangi

7:30 - 9:30 Performances by Olumide Popoola (spoken-word poetry) and Patrice (acoustic reggae/neo-soul)

Saturday, 22 April, lsenberg School of Management 137
9:00 - 10:30 Race and Modernity

Fred Moten (University of Southern California), "Black Kant (Pronounced Cant)"

Robert Bernasconi (University of Memphis), "After the Invention of Race: Racial Discourse in Germany from Kant to National Socialism"

10:45 - 12:15 Race, Colonialism, and Imperial Germany

Andrew Zimmerman (George Washington University), "Bismarck Bell and Booker T. Washington in the Black Atlantic's Berlin"

Sara Pugach (Ohio State University), "A Case of Mistaken Identity: Africans, Germans, and Definitions of Blackness in the Kaiserreich"

2:00 - 3:45 The Black Presence in the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich

Christian Rogowski (Amherst College), "Black Voices on the Black Horror on the Rhine?"

Tobias Nagl (University of Massachusetts), "Afro-Germanic Doublings: Fragments, History, Identity"

Maria Diedrich (Universitat Munster), "Black Others? African Americans and Black Germans in the Reich"

4:00 - 6:30 Blackness in Two Germanies

Heide Fehrenbach (Northern Illinois University), "Black Occupation Children and the Devolution of the Nazi Racial State"

Randolph Ochsmann (Universitat Mainz), "German Brown Babies in the Fifties: Personal Accounts"

Peggy Piesche (Universitat Mainz) "Relocating 'Race': The GDR and its 'Other'- Black Images in Visual Culture"

Jason Owens (South Dakota State University) "Namibia's 'GDR Kids' from Cadres to Catalysts"

8:30 Artists' Roundtable
Patrice (Bart-Williams), Olumide Popoola, Daniel Kojo Schrade

Sunday, 23 April, lsenberg School of Management 137

9:00-10:30 Race and the Visual Archive

Tina Campt (Duke University), "Capturing the Black German Subject: Race and Gender in the Visual Archive"

Jurgen Heinrichs (Seton Hall University), "Against Race: The Universal Aesthetics of Marc Brandenburg"

10:45-12:15 Black Diasporic Thought and Contemporary Germany

Alexander Weheliye (Northwestern University), "A Volk to Come: Black Germans and the African Diaspora"

Nicola Laure al-Samarai (TU Berlin), "History, Theory, Experience: Diasporic Perspectives in Black German Thought"

2:00-3:45 Black Diasporic Thought and Contemporary Germany

Damani Partridge (University of Michigan), "Travelling Through the 'Black' Body and Finding the German Nation"

Michelle Wright (University of Minnesota), "Blackness and Its Discontents: Modernity and the Afro-German"

Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California at San Diego), "Queering Ethnicity? Beyond the Black Paradigm"


Tobias Nagl
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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