This bilingual volume (English/German) gives insight into the experiences of the Black Diaspora in Germany and the connections of the international Black Diaspora with Germany. Topics range from the 18th century to the present and from social history to literature, art and popular culture. The book includes chapters on political initiatives, theoretical issues, historical overviews and individual case studies. It offers reflections on the relationships between Black German Studies and Critical Whiteness Studies to hegemonic traditions of knowledge production, between racism and nationhood, and between colonial history and later developments. Further topics include the intersectionality of ‘race’, class and gender; and the position of Black people in cultural production, between commodification, performativity and subversion. Chapters include academic analyses from History and Cultural Studies, as well as contributions by and about activists, artists and historical witnesses, in the form of both essays and interviews.
The research network Black Diaspora and Germany (BDG, founded in 2007) connects Black and white academics from various disciplines with Black political and cultural activists and the Black Community. A special concern is the combination of academic perspectives with wider socio-political discourses and initiatives.