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Departmental Events

2018/19 Academic Year

Fall 2018

Talk by Katrin Sieg:  “Decolonizing History at the Museum” (Oct 2018)

Talk by Claudia Breger: “Making Worlds: Affect and Collectivity in Contemporary European Cinema” (Nov 2018)

Event with Bernice Severin:

In Fall 2018, students in Dutch 160 met Bernice Severin, Amsterdam-based Dutch social worker invited to UM by Dr. Larry Gant, Professor of Social Work. Ms. Severin shared her long experience working with victims of sex trafficking. Ms. Severin complicated the students preconceived ideas of "the Red Light District" with a complex story of a culture. Students learned that extensive systems of help and resources for victims follows overwhelming realities of exploitation, suffering and discrimination.

Winter 2019

MLK Day Event: Film Screening of Afro.Germany (Jan 2019)

Film Screening of Millis Awakening; Q&A with director Natasha Kelly (Feb 2019)

Milli's Awakening (2018) takes its name from the painting Schlafende Milli (Sleeping Milli, 1911), in which expressionist painter Ludwig Kirchner takes an eroticizing and exoticizing view of his Black female model. But one instance in a centuries-long history of Black people in Germany, “Milli” remains silent, speaking volumes about how Black women have been reduced to anonymous objects of desire. Milli’s Awakening seeks to intervene in this history, by bringing together the voices of eight Black German women of different generations. Through their artistic practices they have defined self-determined positions within white German mainstream society. Like a quilt, the film unfolds in a way reflecting the diversity and interwoven nature of these (hi)stories.

Talk by Priscilla Layne: “Afrofuturist Challenges to Humanism: The Fiction of Sharon Dodua Otoo” (Apr 2019)

Archive of Past Events:

MLK Day Event: Film Screening of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 (Jan 2018)

Transnational German Studies Workshop (May 2017)

Visiting Max Kade Writer in Residence: Turkish German author Selim Özdoğan (Fall 2016)

Flowers for Othello: Bilingual Performance with Esther Dischereit and Selim Özdoğan (Nov 2016)

Talk by Ipek A. Celik Rappas "In Permanent Crisis: Refugees from European Media to Cinema" (Apr 2016)