August 5, 2012

Conference: What Is the Black German Experience?


The Africana Studies Program at Barnard College, together with the Goethe-Institut New York, will host the second annual convention of the Black German Cultural Society of New Jersey on August 10 and 11 in New York.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria, historian and curator at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and author of Between Solicitude and Exclusion: Afro-German "Occupation Babies" in Postwar Germany (Metropol Verlag, 2003), as well as an evening performance at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building by Nigerian-German author Olumide Popoola and South African-German spoken-word artist Philipp Khabo Köpsell.

The conference will highlight the everyday experiences of Black Germans on two panels, "Witnessing Our Histories—Reclaiming the Black German Experience" and "Telling Our Stories—Black German Life Writing." Scholarly panels will focus on "Teaching the Black German Experience," "Historical and Popular Cultures of Blacks in Germany," and "Visualizing German Blackness." The conference will also feature screenings of two films focusing on the lives of two central figures in the Black German movement.

All conference events are free of charge but registration is required. For more information and to register, go to

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