FRIDAY

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks

Keith Green
Rosemarie Peña
Chancellor Phoebe Haddon
Dean Howard Marchitello
Niels von Redecker, Director, German Information Center

 

9:20 – 10:00 a.m.    24th Infantry Regiment Buffalo Soldiers: Bringing in the Colors

Presentation of Award and Comments: 1st Sgt. James Thompson, Ret.

Introduction: Rosemarie Peña, PhD Candidate, Childhood Studies, Rutgers-Camden

 

10:15- 11:50    Panel 1:  Activism in Black German Media

Chair: Silke Hackenesch, Assistant Professor at the Institute for North American History at the University of Cologne

Kevina King, Doctoral Student, University of Massachusetts Amherst                                         
“Brothers Keepers and the Black Radical Tradition in Germany”

Jamele Watkins
“Say it laut! Blackness and Feminism in German Rap”

Alexandra M. Thomas
“The Touch of Afrekete: Black Lesbian Transnational Feminism in Afro-German Art and Media”

Sonya Donaldson, Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University
“Dissent, Dissonance, Re-visioning: Performing ‘The Black National Anthem’ in Germany”

 

12:00- 1:00 Panel 2: Our Life Stories

Chair: Sonya Donaldson, Associate Professor of English at New Jersey City University

Judy Billingsley, Author of “Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing”      

Catherine Thompson, Daughter of Celebrated Veteran, James Thompson    

 

1:15 -3:00 pm Lunch & Film

Little Big Voice (dir. Wolfgang Murnberger, 2015, Austria, 90 mins

The moving story of a young boy trying to fulfill his dream in post-war Europe – in the face of all obstacles.

 

3:15-4:30 pm Keynote: Tyron Ricketts 

Introduction:   Keith Green, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Africana Studies Program at Rutgers-Camden

 

4:45 – 6:15p.m.  Panel 3: Transnational Adoption in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Rosemarie Peña, PhD Candidate in Childhood Studies at Rutgers Camden

Philipp Rohrbach, PhD candidate in the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Vienna and Research Associate at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI)
“’We always rule in favor of the child’”: The Salzburg Youth Welfare Office, Mabel Grammer, and the Adoption of Black Austrian ‘Occupation Children’ in the USA”

Silke Hackenesch, Assistant Professor at the Institute for North American History at the University of Cologne
“Colorblind Love or Racial Responsibility? The Adoption of Black German Children to Postwar America”

Kori Graves, Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, SUNY
“African-American Families and the Evolution of WWII and Korean G.I. Adoptions”

Azziza B. Malanda, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Hamburg
“‘Wir hatten ein freies Leben’:  Growing Up in the Albert Schweitzer Children’s Home for Mixed-race Children in the Early Federal Republic: An Afro-German Experience”

 

SATURDAY

 

9:30– 10:30 a.m.    Panel 4: African Labour Migration to the Germanies                                                         

Chair: Sara Lennox, Professor Emerita of German Studies and Director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sara Pugach, Professor of African History at California State University, Los Angeles   
“Dissent, Exile, and Return: The Political Lives of African Women in East Germany and Beyond”

Sharlene Cleveland, Graduate Student in German at Ohio University
“A Socialist Mythology? The Modern-Day Labors of the Madgermanes of Mozambique”

 

10:45– 11:45 a.m.    Panel 5: Black German Literary Cultures

Chair: Didem Uca, Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Colgate University

Vanessa Plumly, Assistant Professor of German at Lawrence University, faculty affiliate in Ethnic Studies, and ACM Mellon Faculty Fellow               
“Auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte? Black German Female Detectives Anäis Schmitz and Fatou Fall”

Andrea Bryant, PhD Candidate (ABD) in German at Georgetown University
“Knowledge Production, Multiple Identities, and Epistemic Agency in Autobiographies by Black German-speaking Women”

India James-Licher, University of Toronto               
“Rewriting the Script: A Swiss-German Screenplay”

 

12:00- 1:30 pm      Lunch & Film

Milli’s Awakening (dir. Natasha Kelly, 2018 Germany, 90 min)

Inspired by the Black feminist tradition of quilting, Natasha A. Kelly’s film Milli’s Awakening (2018), on view at the 10th Berlin Biennale, brings together the voices of eight Black German women of different generations. Through their artistic practices all of them have found a way to define a self-determined position within white German mainstream society. The result is a documentary that simultaneously reflects the diversity and connectivity of their (her-)stories.

 

1:45 – 3:00p.m.     Keynote: Natasha Kelly

Introduction: Angelica Fenner, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and German at the University of Toronto

 

3:15- 4:15p.m.    Panel 6: Decolonial Memories of Black German History

Chair Sara Pugach, Professor of African History at Cal State Los Angeles                                 

Alexander Compton, Doctoral Student and Laney Fellow in the History Department at Emory
“Expanding Narratives of the ‘First Generation’: Diasporic Polyvalence and Black German Experiences in the Jim Crow United States”

Ngong Bertrand Collins, MA German and Negro-African Lteratures and Civilizations
“African Sources and the Rewriting of German Colonial History in Africa: the Case of the Project Africa’s Collective Memory”

Robbie Aitken, Reader in History in the Department of Humanities at Sheffield Hallman
“The Last Forgotten Victims of National Socialism? Black Germans’ Struggle for Recognition and German Colonial Amnesia”

 

4:30– 6:00 p.m.    Keynote: Priscilla Layne 

Introduction: Sara Lennox, Professor Emerita of German Studies and Director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst