CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Black Anthology: Fostered & Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space


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Fostered & Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space

Project: The AN-YA Project is dedicated to empowering the voices of all adopted and persons who were fostered. In their next upcoming manuscript— The AN-YA Project is thrilled to announce that it will co-edit an incredible anthology with nationally known adoption, race educator and activist, Susan Harris O’Connor, on a book solely dedicated to Black Adoptees and Black Persons who were fostered. It will be the first global anthology of its kind to bring together those who are connected by the Black/African Diaspora in adoption and foster care. This includes those who are multi-racial/ethnic who have or believe they have Black/African parentage. This anthology will be a collection of personal encounters, viewpoints, artistic expressions, artistic interpretations, and goals for the direction fostered & adult adoptees are headed.

For submission details, visit HERE.

KINDER DER BEFREIUNG

Transatlantische Erfahrungen und Perspektiven Schwarzer Deutscher der Nachkriegsgeneration

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70 Jahre nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs würdigt dieser Band den Beitrag, den afroamerikanische Soldaten zur Befreiung Deutschlands vom Faschismus geleistet haben, und vereint Stimmen Schwarzer Deutscher der Nachkriegsgeneration. Historische, politische und wissenschaftliche Analysen, persönliche Geschichten, Interviews und literarische Texte fügen sich zu

einem Kaleidoskop zusammen, durch das eine neue Perspektive auf einen fast vergessenen Teil deutscher Geschichte und US-amerikanisch-deutscher Beziehungen entsteht. Ursachen und Auswirkungen von Rassismus in der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart werden ausgelotet und Strategien für positive Veränderungen aufgezeigt.

»Kinder der Befreiung ist ein Meilenstein in der in den vergangenen drei Jahrzehnten entstandenen Literatur über die vielfältige Geschichte Schwarzer Deutscher. Diese Anthologie vereint erstmals Schwarze Stimmen von beiden Seiten des Atlantiks und wirft neue Forschungsfragen zur Wechselwirkung von Rassismus in Deutschland und in den USA in der Zeit nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg auf. Die Texte erzählen keine ›Opfergeschichten‹, sondern sind Gegenentwürfe zu einer von Machtstrukturen bestimmten Geschichtsschreibung und bahnbrechend für eine Neudefinition transnationaler Identitäten. Das Buch ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zur politischen Bildung und gehört in jeden Kurs zur deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte«.
Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr., Professor für Germanistik / Millersville University, PA

Der erste Teil des Bandes ist eine Überblicksstudie zur allgemeinen afro-deutschen Geschichte und Gegenwart und zu den Erfahrungen Schwarzer Deutscher in den USA und ordnet die besondere Geschichte der Nachkriegsgeneration und ihrer Eltern in historische Konstruktionen von »Rasse« und Nation in Deutschland ein. Demgegenüber steht die vielfältige Realität Schwarzer Menschen im Deutschland der Gegenwart.

Der zweite Teil, Life Writing – erlebte Geschichte, veranschaulicht aus persönlicher Sicht Aspekte aus der einleitenden Studie. Im dritten Teil, Perspektivenwechsel, werden aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Perspektiven Problemfelder der afro-deutsch-amerikanischen Geschichte auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks thematisiert und der Begriff »afrikanische Diaspora« kritisch reflektiert. Der vierte Teil enthält ein narratives Interview mit drei Gründerinnen von ADEFRA (Afrodeutsche Frauen) und ein Gespräch mit dem ehemaligen Boxprofi Charly Graf. Das Buch schließt mit fünf lyrischen Reflexionen.

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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Reflections on the “Brown Babies” in Germany: the Black Press and the NAACP

By Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria

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Between 1945 and 1955, an estimated 67,770 children were born to soldiers of the occupying forces and German women in the Federal Republic of Germany. Of these children, 4,776 children were the children of African American and Moroccan soldiers. The fate of this generation of Afro-German children (or “brown babies” as they were called in the U.S.) was the focus of public interest both in West Germany and the U.S.

During the 1940s and 50s, popular and scholarly publications in both countries printed detailed reports on these “brown babies” (“Mischlingskinder”) who were the subject of intense political and pedagogical debates and controversies. Indeed, both state institutions and private organizations in Germany and in the U.S. devoted considerable time and effort to planning out their lives. What underlay the public debate on the fate of Afro-German children both in postwar Germany and the U.S. was a very specific construction of their heritage—one that defined them as essentially “fremd” (both in the sense of “strange” and “Other” and, at the same time, “foreign” or “alien”), “not belonging and at risk in Germany.” Their German nationality and their socialization in the country of their birth were, thus, only of secondary interest. In other words, their national and cultural heritage were regarded as contrasting directly with their race. Consequently, an ambivalent and contradictory attitude developed toward them both in hypothetical discussions and in the concrete actions taken in their name. The debate around these Afro-German children reveals a paradoxical and shifting dynamic of caretaking and marginalization, inclusion and exclusion. Complete Article & Photo Gallery here….