Approaches, Interventions and Histories
Edited By Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly
Black German Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has experienced significant growth over the past three decades, integrating subjects such as gender studies, diaspora studies, history, and media and performance studies. The field’s contextual roots as well as historical backdrop, nevertheless, span centuries. This volume assesses where the field is now by exploring the nuances of how the past – colonial, Weimar, National Socialist, post-1945, and post-Wende – informs the present and future of Black German Studies; how present generations of Black Germans look to those of the past for direction and empowerment; how discourses shift due to the diversification of power structures and the questioning of identity-based categories; and how Black Germans affirm their agency and cultural identity through cultural productions that engender both counter-discourses and counter-narratives.
Examining Black German Studies as a critical, hermeneutic field of inquiry, the contributions are organized around three thematically conceptualized sections: German and Austrian literature and history; pedagogy and theory; and art and performance. Presenting critical works in the fields of performance studies, communication and rhetoric, and musicology, the volume complicates traditional historical narratives, interrogates interdisciplinary methods, and introduces theoretical approaches that help to advance the field.
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018. xii, 330 pp., 9 fig. b/w
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- List of Illustrations
- Introduction: Rethinking Black German Studies (Tiffany N. Florvil / Vanessa D. Plumly)
- Integrating Theory and Praxis
- Understanding Black German Studies
- Part I German and Austrian Literature and History
- 1 ‘Hergestellt unter ausschließlicher Verwendung von Kakaobohnen deutscher Kolonien’: On Representations of Chocolate Consumption as a Colonial Endeavor (Silke Hackenesch)
- Cocoa and Neoslavery
- Representations of German Colonialism
- The Reichardt Company’s Picture Postcards
- What Was ‘German Colonial Chocolate’?
- Print Ads in Der Tropenpflanzer
- Chocolate as a Civilizing Project
- 2 Here to Stay: Black Austrian Studies (Nancy P. Nenno)
- Black Austrians Today and Yesterday
- ‘ÖsterREICH für alle GLEICH’ [Austria for all equally]
- Redressing the Past
- 3 Lucia Engombe’s and Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo’s Autobiographical Accounts of Solidaritätspolitik and Life in the GDR as Namibian Children (Meghan O’Dea)
- Solidarity Politics and the GDR
- Experiences of Solidaritätspolitik and Alltagsrassismus in Kind Nr. 95. Meine deutsch-afrikanische Odyssee and Kalungas Kind: Wie die DDR mein Leben rettete
- Part II Theory and Praxis
- 4 Everyday Matters: Haunting and the Black Diasporic Experience (Kimberly Alecia Singletary)
- Colorblind Binds
- Imagining Racial Haunting
- Soul Bruder [Brother] Number I
- Blackening Europe
- Naming Rights
- Erasing Identities
- 5 Black, People of Color and Migrant Lives Should Matter: Racial Profiling, Police Brutality and Whiteness in Germany (Kevina King)
- Current Racial Dynamics in Germany
- Racial Profiling in Germany
- The Cologne Controversies
- Resisting Racial Profiling
- Part III Art and Performance
- 6 ‘Africa in European Evening Attire’: Defining African American Spirituals and Western Art Music in Central Europe, 1870s–1930s (Kira Thurman)
- Performing Against Primitivism: African American Musicians as Creators of High Art
- Are They African or American? Coming to Terms with the Black Diaspora and African American Spirituals in Nineteenth-Century Central Europe
- Blackness and Art Music Revisited: Central European Reception of African American Spirituals in the Jazz Age
- Conclusion: Postwar Reverberations
- 7 Re-Fashioning Postwar German Masculinity Through Hip-Hop: The Man(l)y BlackWhite Identities of Samy Deluxe (Vanessa D. Plumly)
- Pre- and Postwar (Re)construction/s: Constructing Masculinity, Constructing Blackness
- Hip-Hop in Germany
- Identifying Samy Deluxe
- Gazing at the Surface
- Conclusion: Under the Covers, Beneath the Surface
- 8 Performing Oppression and Empowerment in real life: Deutschland (Jamele Watkins)
- Bringing real life to the Stage: From Performance and Process to Empowerment
- Improvisation and Theoretical Tools
- Process(ing) as the Goal
- Black Internationalism and Empowerment
- Afterword (Michelle M. Wright)
- Notes on Contributors
- Series index
List of Illustrations
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1 ‘Hergestellt unter ausschließlicher Verwendung von Kakaobohnen deutscher Kolonien’: On Representations of Chocolate Consumption as a Colonial Endeavor
Figure 1.1. ‘2. Westafrikanische Pflanzungs-Gesellschaft “Viktoria”, Kamerun. Transport der Kakaobohnen zur Trockenhalle’ [2 West African Plantation Company ‘Victoria’, Cameroon. Transportion of cocoa beans to the drying hall], 1910.
6 ‘Africa in European Evening Attire’: Defining African American Spirituals and Western Art Music in Central Europe, 1870s–1930s
Figure 6.1. Rudolf Arnheim, ‘Negersänger’, Stimme von der Galerie: 25 kleine Aufsätze zur Kultur der Zeit [Voice from the Gallery: 25 Short Essays on the Culture of the Time] (Berlin: Verlag Dr. Wilhelm Bernary, 1928).
Figure 6.2. ‘A Black Attack’, Kladderadatsch (16 December 1877), 1.
Figure 6.3. Hans Ewald Heller, ‘Negermusik’, Radio Wien (4 September 1931), 12.
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