Virtual Panel Series “Racism in History and Context”

September 4, 2020

The German Historical Institute Washington, the German Historical Association with its Pacific Regional Office, and the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, have invited scholars from the United States and Europe to explore recent assertions of historical understandings of racism by scrutinizing how current debates construct and represent this history in a two-part virtual panel series this fall.

The first panel on September 15 will focus on conflicting memory cultures to shed light on  narratives and practices of racist inequality which gained particular relevance as a framework for understanding the consequences of the current epidemic. The second panel on October 29 will discuss protest movements, state power, and violence. The panels will be held in English via Zoom. 

The Black Lives Matter protest movement and the accompanying efforts to topple monuments to colonialism and slavery on both sides of the Atlantic have put the issue of racism back on the agenda in the United States, Germany, and beyond. Much of the public debate invokes racism as a shorthand for long and complex histories of inequality and oppression that resurface, rather than originate, in our momentous present.

Francisco Bethencourt (King’s College London) and Akasemi Newsome (University of California, Berkeley) and will moderate the first panel “Rethinking Memory and Knowledge during Times of Crisis” with Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University, Washington DC), Manuela Bauche (Freie Universität Berlin), Norbert Frei (Universität Jena), and Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles). For more information, please visit see the event page on our webite. 

More Information und Contact:
Dr. Sarah Beringer
Head of Strategy and Communications
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone +1.202.387.3355