Black German Women, Feminist Solidarity & anti racist Politics


19:30 - 22:00

Exerzierstr. 14, 13357 Berlin

Admission is free - donations are welcome

► 16 July, 2019 #TuesdayTalks featuring Tiffany N. Florvil presenting her paper on:

“Black German Women, Feminist Solidarity, and Antiracist Politics”

Start: 19.30


In 1991, for the first time, the Cross-Cultural Black Women’s Studies Summer Institute took place in Germany, where it brought together Black women and women of color from diverse countries to explore the theme of “Black Women and the European community.” Founded in the 1980s by Andrée-Nicola McLaughlin and others, the institute promoted Black diasporic and feminist perspectives. Its Black leaders and other women of color scholars and activists organized conferences across the globe that addressed Black women’s rights. Marion Kraft, a Black German educator and activist committed to fostering connections between women, undertook the role of Program Director of the Institute, and along with other Afro-Germans coordinated events in Frankfurt, Bielefeld, and Berlin.

This paper argues that these Black German women’s involvement with the 1991 Institute enabled them to cultivate transnational bonds that remained critical to their efforts to gain social recognition in Germany. Through these bonds, Afro-German women bridged their cultural, national, and linguistic differences and created a global network of Black women that confronted instances of everyday racism and promoted solidarity. I contend that these kinships helped Afro-German women refashion the self and the collective and to challenge racial and gendered oppression in a newly reunified country.


Tiffany N. Florvil is an Assistant Professor of Modern European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Black Diaspora Studies Network at the German Studies Association. She has founded and is a Network Editor for two H-Net groups: H-Emotions and H-Black-Europe. Together with a colleague, Florvil is developing a new book series on Black Europe with Peter Lang Press. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and The German Quarterly as well as in edited volumes, including Gendering Postwar-1945 German History, To Turn this Whole World Over, Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora, and Audre Lorde’s Transnational Legacies. Her manuscript, Making a Movement: Black Germans, Gender, and Belonging, is under contract with the University of Illinois Press and provides a detailed history of the Black German movement of the 1980s to the 2000s.

This event is free to attend and open to all. We would kindly suggest donations for our speakers for their time and labour – we look forward to seeing you there! Please support our space by ordering a drink or two!

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