Black in Berlin #7 Model Minorities and the New Diaspora
The modern diaspora is driven by imperialism, globalization and neoliberalism. How do these forces influence the migration of people of color? How are the “chosen ones” selected to represent entire ethnic groups? How is home and culture defined by individuals who are constantly re-locating?
In the October salon, we’ll discuss respectability, multilocality and whether you identify as an migrant, expat, immigrant….
Due to the intimate nature of the conversations, capacity is limited to 55.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to join the conversation.
In 2012, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor began the salon series ‘Black in Berlin’ as a reaction to the appropriation of Afropean culture by the German, English-language mainstream media.
The experience of being Black in Berlin can oftentimes be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Each participant is given time and space ask questions, voice frustrations, tell stories and commiserate in the hopes that by engaging in a dialogue we can help alleviate the very real stresses that come with the trauma of existing in marginalized communities. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon operates loosely around a different theme.
The Black in Berlin salon doesn’t focus on a singular oppressive institution like racism but will take an intersectional stance to see how these oppressive institutions of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism are interconnected.
The title Black in Berlin is a reference to the double entendre of the German word schwarz, often used to describe something negative zum beispiel: schwarzfahren. The Black in the title refers to black and brown people and all people of color who have felt on the outside in Berlin.