Maria Grewe (John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY)
Chiedozie Michael Uhuegbu (Sewanee: The University of the South)
Drawing on the rich work of scholars and activists to decolonize and diversify German studies, this panel seeks to further develop ways to facilitate an increased interest in the Black diaspora in German studies among students. A further goal is to investigate and critically reflect on how we as teachers, scholars, and activists in German studies and beyond can dismantle white, colonial, and ethnonationalist power structures, and diversify and decolonize German studies in our syllabi, teaching praxis, curricular programming, as well as at the level of academic institutional structures.
We invite scholars, teachers, and activists across disciplines to share, examine, and critique ways in which we approach, teach, and engage with the Black diaspora in classrooms and spaces that serve to diversify and decolonize German studies. Topics could include (but are not limited to):
· What institutional barriers and prejudices do scholars, activists, and teachers in German studies and beyond face in teaching the Black diaspora? Are BIPOC scholars, activists, and teachers disproportionately affected by these barriers?
· How do we challenge students’ and scholars’ perception and practice of German studies as unmarked whiteness?
· How can teaching the Black diaspora promote interest in in German studies, especially among BIPOC students, and how do the voices and experiences of our students shape our curriculum design, pedagogy, and praxis so they are relevant to and transformational for those students?
· How can the curriculum encourage our students to draw generative connections to and engage in critical inquiry and activism domestically and transnationally?
· What challenges are unique to the English- and German-language classrooms?
· How do we support faculty, especially contingent faculty, in their research and teaching of the Black diaspora in German studies, especially when it challenges existing white supremacist power structures?
· How will Black diaspora studies become central to writing, language, and literary studies?· The (literary, historical, media) representation of the experience of the Black diaspora in Germany from 1990 to present.