Remapping 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, but we appreciate your registration and ask that you pay for your meals by April 15th.

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

with the generous support of Arts Council, Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Afro-American Studies, ALANA, Alumni Association, Anthropology, Campus Center, 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, Student Affairs Cultural Enrichment Fund, 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 Institut Boston, Max Kade Foundation, and many others …