The German Historical Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands e.V., VHD), the German Historical Institute Washington with its Pacific Regional Office, and the Institute of European Studies at 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. What and who defines the deeper and historically longer-term contexts of the present-day phenomenon? How do the various discourses and memories of racist violence differ in quite diverse national contexts and narratives, and what interdependencies can we discern? Can we learn from each other? How do social and cultural tensions take form under the pressure of condemning racism in moments and historical narratives of crises?
On September 15, the panel will focus on conflicting memory culture. The audience will have the chance to ask questions via chat.
Akasemi Newsome (University of California, Berkeley) and Francisco Bethencourt (King’s College London) will moderate the panel discussion 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).