Die BCGS freut sich über transatlantische Grüße! Wer gerne teilnehmen würde, aber nicht nach Washington kommen kann, kann an firstname.lastname@example.org eine Grußbotschaft mailen, die dann bei der Convention gezeigt wird! (gerne zusätzlich im cc oder als Blog Kommentar an uns).
August 19-21, 2011 German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC.
With the theme of “Strengthening Transatlantic Connections,” the convention will host guests and presenters from our international community in Germany and the United States.
(…) The meeting will offer workshops, round tables, as well as panel discussions on Afro-German history, culture and literature facilitated by our board members, partner organizations, and distinguished academics in the field.
Topics will include “Race and Ethnicity in Postwar Germany,” “Transatlantic Adoption and ‘Brown Babies’,” “Finding and Reuniting Birth Families,” “Black German Jewishness” as well as “Sharing our Stories,” among others.
We would, however, also like to give participants the opportunity to present during one of our panel discussions, facilitate a workshop, or contribute to the convention in other ways. Please inform us of your interest, ideas, and potential topics.
Keynote speaker will be Noah Sow (…) who will speak about “Geteilte Geschichte: The Black Experience in Germany and the US.”
From US-american perspective: Archiv aus US-amerikanischer Sicht:
“The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany”
We would therefore be more than pleased if you would consider joining us for this historic event and look forward to seeing you this summer in DC!
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2011
Registration and more info: http://blackgermans.us/convention2011/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=54
The Black German Cultural Society was established as an eGroup of less than 50 members in 1999. Later that year, BGCS formally incorporated as a nonprofit corporation. The purpose was first to bring together, inform, and to foster relationships among Black Germans, their families, and friends.
(…)A second goal was to provide a public and academic forum for scholars, students, teachers, politicians, and others who were interested in engaging this community around Black-German-related issues. Finally, the organization hoped to raise the public awareness for our cultural heritage and to initiate an open dialogue with individuals and other organizations. ??Since that time, BGCS, Inc., has expanded its mission to include providing assistance in birth family searches and has promoted the inclusion of Black/Afro-German literature and history in German Studies programs, and the participation of minority students in German language learning and international exchange programs.
(…)Today, after a decade of success and progressive expansion, our online community boasts nearly 800 members and has established working relationships with related scholarly and community organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. While many in our community have had the opportunity to meet in small numbers at academic conferences and at other informal meetings and localized events, it has long been our hope to host an international convention and to establish an ongoing annual event.