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Ziegler Lecture: Tiffany Florvil, “Spatial Politics with Berlin Black History Month Celebrations”
Join us on February 24 at 4:00 pm for the virtual Ziegler Lecture Series, featuring Tiffany Florvil of the University of New Mexico.

Title: "Spatial Politics with Berlin Black History Month Celebrations"

Abstract: From France to the United States, Black diasporic subjects have long engendered spaces for themselves in order to assert their agency, signal their presence, and promote their cultures and histories in nations that have ignored, silenced, and oppressed them. In Germany, Black Germans and others of the Black diaspora have also practiced these acts of emplacement. Through the efforts of the Initiative of Black Germans (Initiative Schwarze Deutsche, ISD), a political and cultural organization, Black German activist-intellectuals established Black History Month (BHM). Started in 1990 and modeled after the annual observances in the United States, the BHMs also involved other local ISD activist-intellectuals across the country, members from another Black German organization, Afro-German Women (Afrodeutsche Frauen, ADEFRA), and other Black organizations. Organized lectures, film screenings, poetry readings, and other events had manifold functions that combined the affective, cultural, intellectual, and political. Dr. Florvil argues that Black Germans produced a “Black sense of place” with their BHMs that enabled them to forge bonds with one another, to engender new cultural and political practices, and to construct alternative sites for knowledge production and dissemination, contributing to a Black public sphere.

Please be advised that this event will be recorded. Attendees will be muted and have video automatically turned off. If you ask a question or otherwise participate in the session, be aware that your name may be visible on the recording. The telephone dial-in option is not available for this webinar. However, the recording will be made available on circle.ubc.ca after the live presentation, which is accessible through the CENES website.

Feb 24, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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