Workshop+Listening Session with Paloma Nana
23 March, 7—8:30 p.m.


Part of the series "It's Fiction Like a Sitcom".

We want to look at how Black parenthood has been corrupted throughout history by global political catastrophes such as colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, thus rendering it a problem. What strategies have been used by Black people to resist this systemic exploitation and invisibilization of their "nurturing" bodies? What alternative and resistant forms of family, kinship, and parenthood had to be resorted to? Which foreign images and stereotypes do Black families still have to fight against today? We do not want to limit this discussion solely to the (US-) American context, but also focus on Black German perspectives. Together we will look at short excerpts from Alexis Pauline Gumbs‘ “m/other ourselves: a Black queer feminst genealogy for radical mothering“ (2016), Jennifer C. Nash's "Birthing Black Mothers" (2021) and Angela Davis' "The Legacy of Slavery: Standards for a New Womanhood" (1981), among others, before we turn again to some musical examples from international pop culture!

*Mykki Blanco in „Family Ties“ (2022)

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