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Black Berlin – The German Metropolis and its African Diaspora

Taught by Natasha A. Kelly

Starts 18.10. / Tuesday, 10:00 - 14:00, biweekly, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B2

Syllabus

 

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course deals with different phases of African migration in Berlin’s past and present.  It will focus on issues of social integration and political participation during WWI, WWII and German Reunification. The aim of the course is to explore different sites and critical analyses based on post-colonial methods which reflect on the experiences of Africans, Afro-Germans and Afro-Americans living in the capital. The course focus, however, lies on the continuing significance of colonialism as a representation and knowledge system, especially in terms of the theoretical framework and methodology. Therefore the course includes a field trip to the so called “African Quarter” constructed in Berlin-Wedding during German colonialism as well as to the exhibition on German colonialism at the German Historical Museum (DHM), Berlin.

 

Course Requierements

  • Active participation in class discussions and field trips. (15% of final grade)
  • Reading in advance of the respective classes as assigned below and preparing two discussion questions on each text. I collect these questions in class. (15% of final grade)
  • Participation in a group presentation on a topic relevant to the course. (30% of final grade)
    Choice of topic should be checked with me in advance. The presentations will be held during the field trip on site of the exhibition at the German Historical Museum on Jan. 24, 2017.
    In addition an individual written assignment must be achieved:  Write a biographical text (5-10 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman) and present your results in class on Jan. 10, 2017. Choice of portrayed person should also be checked with me in advance. Written work can be submitted in English or German. (40% of final grade)
  • Attendance Policy: You may not miss more than 2 sessions. If you do know you have to miss a class, let me know in advance and we can arrange a make-up task, if necessary. In the case of illness or other unforeseen situations, do e-mail me as soon as possible. I would also require some written confirmation of the emergency. Do become familiar with public transport in Berlin and work out in advance how to get to the sites (addresses and public transport connections to them are given below.) Transportation difficulties are not an excuse for an absence. It is the students’ responsibility to get to the sites on time. 
  • Plagiarism Policy: The presentation of another person’s words, thoughts, ideas, judgements, images or data as though they were your own, whether intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes an act of plagiarism.  The penalty for this is failure of the course.