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Afro.Germany

https://youtu.be/pcfPVj5qR1E How people of color experience living in Germany What is it like to be a black person in Germany? News anchor Jana Pareigis traveled across Germany and met other black people living in the country, including artist Robin Rhode, and rapper...

Call for Papers: “Racism and Transnationality” of the “Transnational Social Review – A Social Work Journal” (TSR).

Guest editors Caroline Schmitt, Linda L. Semu and Matthias D. Witte Deadline for submission of proposals is October 15, 2016. In many countries, right-wing parties such as French National Front (FN) in France or Alternative for Germany (AFD) in Germany, racist...

UMASS Recognizes Growing Interdisciplinary Study of Black Germans in Academia

Doctoral student Kevina King (far left) on a panel this weekend with Jemele Watkins (far right) at the third Black German Heritage & Research Association International Conference held at Amherst College.

Doctoral student Kevina King (far left) on a panel this weekend with Jemele Watkins (far right) at the third Black German Heritage & Research Association International Conference held at Amherst College.

AMHERST, Mass.—In an effort to recognize a relatively young academic discipline that many in the academy have never heard of before, nearly a hundred students and scholars gathered at Amherst College over the weekend to discuss their research and ideas for how to grow Black German Studies.

This marks the third year that the Black German Heritage & Research Association sponsored the international conference, which highlighted a variety of interdisciplinary topics ranging from Black Germans during the Third Reich to their ongoing presence in German theater.

Like African American, Women and Queer studies, Black German Studies has an admitted social justice focus, says Dr. Sara Lennox, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an early founder of the Black German Studies movement in the U.S. “We’ve made the field legitimate. You can now do this work and get tenure,” says Lennox, who was chiefly responsible for jumpstarting the Black German Studies concentration at UMASS Amherst. “It’s kind of a burgeoning field and movement. The other thing that’s really cool is there is a pretty strong connection between activism and scholarship and a really strong connection with the experimental … Black Germans talking about their stories.”

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