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Presented By: Center for European Studies

Conversations on Europe. Mobilizing Black Germany

Tiffany Florvil in conversation with Kira Thurman

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Mobilizing Black Germany
This lecture is being presented by the Center for European Studies and Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures as the Werner Grilk Lecture in German Studies.

Florvil's new book, Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement, with the University of Illinois Press, offers the first full-length study of the history of the Black German movement of the 1980s to the 2000s. As such, it examines the role of queer and straight women in shaping the contours of the modern Black German movement as part of the Black internationalist opposition to racial and gender oppression. She and Kira Thurman will exchange ideas about Mobilizing Black Germany and other Black internationalist themes in German Studies.

Tiffany N. Florvil is an associate professor of 20th-century European women’s and gender history at the University of New Mexico. Florvil coedited the volume, Rethinking Black German Studies, and has published chapters in Gendering Post-1945 German History and To Turn this Whole World Over. Her recent manuscript, Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement, with the University of Illinois Press, offers the first full-length study of the history of the Black German movement of the 1980s to the 2000s. She is a board member of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH), an advisory board member for the Black German Heritage and Research Association, and an editorial board member for Central European History. She is also an editor of the Imagining Black Europe book series at Peter Lang Press.

Kira Thurman is an assistant professor of history and German studies at the University of Michigan. A winner of the Berlin Prize among other awards and fellowships, she is the author of several award-winning articles on music, the Black diaspora, and German-speaking Europe. Her book, Singing like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press (Fall 2021).

Registration is required for this Zoom webinar at https://myumi.ch/1pBo3

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at weisercenter@umich.edu. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

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