*Call for Papers *

*Women in German Conference*

*October 15-18, 2020 (Sewanee, TN, Sewanee-University of the South) *

*Queer Eye: Black German Visions*

*Panel Co-Coordinators:*

Tiffany Florvil, University of New Mexico

Vanessa Plumly, Lawrence University

Kevina King, University of Massachusettes, Amherst

This panel explores the Black German tradition of queering and querying the
gaze, knowledge, and ontologies, by examining past, present, and future
visions of collective and individual identity. Thus, what we mean by queer
eye could also be understood as a queer “I”. The queer eye attends to the
multiple focal points of Black German Studies, especially its overlapping
and intersecting lenses. Black German ontologies and subjectivities return
the critical gaze back onto the exclusionary, normative constructs that
(re)produce and mark their non-being and non-belonging and undermine Black
fungibility. But they equally envision Black Germans as capable of
operating, producing, and being outside of such epistemological paradigms. As
Fatima El-Tayeb’s *European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational
Europe* emphasizes the explicit need to queer national contexts, she points
to Black German agents who complicate notions of belonging through queer
time, space, performance, and self-making. Moreover, in the context of the
Black German women’s movement Peggy Piesche and Tiffany Florvil have
highlighted the significance of queer positionalities within the community
as well as its “queered” publications from *Farbe bekennen* to *afro look *that
incorporate various modes of story-telling and embody the spacetime
(Michelle Wright) dimension of their archive, content, and meaning. In
their cultural productions, Black Germans continuously blur the boundaries
of genre and form by producing aesthetics beyond the constraints of
traditional Western norms of categorization and bending and twisting
frames, molding them anew to better serve their complex narratives and

Papers in this panel will therefore address the queerness and queering of
Black German visions. By tackling literary, filmic, musical, theoretical,
autobiographical, poetic, philosophical and/or dramatic forms of Black
German aesthetic and political expression, the papers will demonstrate how
diasporic agents produced new ways of seeing, knowing, feeling, and
existing, instantiating and reimagining the Black German Diaspora in the

We find this panel to be particularly relevant given the invitation
extended to Sheri Hagen for WiG 2020 and her own body of work.

Please send inquiries and proposals of 200-300 words to all organizers by
January 1, 2020: Tiffany Florvil ([log in to unmask]), Vanessa Plumly (
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Vanessa Plumly, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Lawrence University
ACM Mellon Faculty Fellow
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Co-chair Black Diaspora Studies Network, GSA
H-Net Black Europe, Review Editor
Series Co-Editor "Imagining Black Europe" Peter Lang Press

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