Monday, 18 September, 2017
"Connecting and Community: Black Germans in Their own Words"
In her lecture, Jamele will discuss the various bands of Black German autobiography over the years including Farbe bekennen, Spiegelblicke, and the YouTube channel "Schwarz Rot Gold." These collections provide examples of community building and knowledge building in a mainstream white society. In adding missing narratives, these stories complicate popular notions of German identity and belonging.
Dr. Jamele Watkins is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in German Studies. This semester, she is teaching a class on Popfeminism. Before joining Stanford, she taught at Gettysburg College. Her dissertation, "The Drama of Race (2017)," examined contemporary Afro-German theater using performance and diasporic theories.