CfP| Black and Queer in the City

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Liebe Kolleg*innen,

gerne möchte ich Sie auf unseren CfP für das Panel „Black and Queer in
the City“ aufmerksam machen, das im Rahmen der German Studies
Association Conference 2021 geplant ist.

Herzliche Grüße,
Jeannette Oholi

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Black and Queer in the City
(Coalition of Women in German sponsored panel)

45th annual German Studies Association Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 30-October 3, 2021

The city, particularly Berlin, has served as an organizing space for
centuries for Germany’s Black diaspora. It has also been a center of
gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender culture, life, and resistance.
This panel explores not only the Black German radical tradition of
queering and querying the gaze, knowledge, theory and praxis, and
ontologies through spatial politics but also examines Black Germans’
embrace of their intersectional identities in coming out and being out.

From the renaming of M-Strasse to Anton Wilhelm Amo Strasse in
Berlin-Mitte to the No-Humboldt 21 protests, Black Germans expand and
queer sites/sights of (non-)belonging through activist practices,
engage in acts of emplacement, and incite political and social change
in exclusionary German cultural landscapes and the public sphere. In
literary works and cultural productions such as Pierre
Sansoussi-Bliss’s film Zurück auf Los (2000), Fatima El-Tayeb’s film
Alles Wird Gut (1997), Guy St. Louis’s poetry collection Gedichte
einer schönen Frau (1983) and Olivia Wenzel’s debut novel 1000
Serpentinen Angst (2020), Black Germans embody their queerness and
express their sexuality and desires. This panel poses questions such
as: how do Black German subjects orient and position themselves in
cities and also in more intimate spheres within these larger and
intersecting frameworks? How do they use such sites to carve out
spaces of recognition and enable modes of survival vis-a-vis their
cultural production, activism, and kinship networks? What role did
cities play during the Black women’s movement in Germany in the 1980s
and 1990s, and what role do they play today for Black German activism?
How do Black German radical politics expand our understanding of queer
geographies that are both literal and figurative? Can connections to
queer activism in other cities in Europe and the world be traced, and
what meaning do these have within the global Black diaspora? What
crossings and transitionings do Black German and LGBTQIA+ communities
pursue with their politics and kinships that move beyond normative
understandings of gender, sex, and race? In what ways, do LGBTQIA+
Black Germans and others of the Black diaspora transform politics by
pursuing new mediums of engagement? We particularly encourage
submissions from junior and BIPOC scholars.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to the organizers by
January 25, 2021.

Co-organizers: Tiffany Florvil, Jeannette Oholi, Vanessa Plumly
tflorvil@unm.edu, jeannette.oholi@gcsc.uni-giessen.de, plumlyv@lawrence.edu

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