Young PoC Activism in East Germany: Reclaiming Identity and Political Space,
March 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm (EST) [ 7:00 pm (CET)]
Until today, East Germany is discussed and misunderstood as a homogenous, white society. Germany’s colonial past and the forms and modes of East German socialist internationalism have yet to find entry into historical accounts and public discourses. Nowhere are these questions more urgent than in the presence of international contract workers, political immigrants, and students, who were invited to East Germany to work and study, People of Color (PoC), and asylum seekers. These individuals and groups have left their mark on East German culture and society, assisted in writing the Wende. They and now their families keep defining East Germany's legacy.
This roundtable to which we have invited the offspring of East German PoC deals with questions of visibility, activism, racism and injustice. It is a new generation whose political activism highlights long ignored injustice and racism, assists in reuniting separated families, creates new communities and confidently includes their (lineage) stories and intersectional identities into present debates.
Moderated by Katharina Warda (Free University, Berlin) and Katrin Bahr (Centre College), The discussion will be in German. REGISTER HERE: https://rb.gy/cztsln
This event is brought to you by the German Studies program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Centre College, Department of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville, the German Studies program at University of Cincinnati, the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Northern Kentucky University, the Department of German Studies at University of Arizona and the Third Generation Ost USA network.