Summer course addressing the central questions of research in Black Studies and the particular problems and issues raised when we apply those questions to early modern continental Europe:
- The challenges of ‘finding’ black people in historical societies which neither problematized nor celebrated their presence
- Forms of subjectivity and identity construction,
- The tension between self- and other-representation
- The origins and persistence of patterns of discrimination
- Possibilities for emancipation.
Participants will be introduced to the key scholarship in the field and work together on analysing and evaluating characteristic source materials.
Using literary, philosophical and travel literature, published and manuscript ego-documents and other textual and visual material, it is hoped to develop fresh approaches to research in Black Studies:
- What methods and questions are particular to the early modern period?
- How can broadening the geographical and temporal horizons of the field enrich understandings respectively of the black experience and of European societies on the past.
Dr Carl Haarack (Amsterdam)
Prof Dr Kate Lowe (Queen Mary, Uni London)
Prof Dr Rebekka von Mallinckrodt (Uni Bremen)
Prof Dr Evene Rosenhalf (Uni Liverpool)
Dr Gunver Simonson (Uni Copenhagen)
Prof Dr Arns Spohr (USA)
Open to masters and doctorial students from Germany and abroad. The seminars will be conducted in English and key texts in English will be studied.
Subsidy of 100 Euros to cover living costs. Free accommodation and breakfast.
Applicants should state their reason for wishing to participate and send a c.v. which describes their academic career and their current research, plus address of academic referee. Deadline date 28 February. Submit applications by email to:
Dr Voker Bauer
Herzog August Bibliothek
Postfach 13 64