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“Transnational Science Fictions”: Black German Culture and the Cultural Exchange between Germany and the US

This fall the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures has organized a series of events promoting Black German culture and the cultural exchange between Germany and the US. The event is called “Transnational Science Fictions” and it is sponsored by the German Embassy as part of their German Campus Weeks program. Here is a link to the event details on Facebook.

Please see the detailed outline of the program below and note there will be raffle giveaways of t-shirts, water bottles, hats and USB sticks at each event!

All the events are free and open to the public

Photo Exhibit, “Homestory Deutschland”

First there will be a photo exhibit, “Homestory Deutschland,” about Black German history on display from November 2nd until December 7th. The photos will be displayed at the Fed Ex Global Center in Suite 3200. The exhibit begins with a reception on Wednesday November 2nd at 5:30 pm. The Deputy Chief of the Mission will be visiting from Washington D.C. and speak briefly at the reception.


The Four-day Program for German Campus Week:

Monday, November 14th at 5:30 PM, Fed Ex Building Rm 1009
A Conversation with Afro-German Playwright Olivia Wenzel with clips from her plays Corn in Germany and Other Galaxies and We are the Universe.

Tuesday November 15th at 5:30 PM,Fed Ex Building, Mandela Auditorium
Screening of the German Scifi Film Transfer (2010) in German and French with English subtitles

Thursday November 17th at 5 PM,Dey Hall, Toy Lounge
Panel on German Scifi Film and Literature, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge

Richard Langston (UNC), “Literature of the Future: German Highlights from the Negley Collection of Utopian Literature at Duke”
Paul Dobryden (UVA), “Android Divas: Janelle Monáe and Metropolis”

Friday November 18th at 5PM, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge
Panel on German and American Futurist Music, Dey Hall, Toy Lounge

Trace Reddell (University of Denver), “The Secret Rhythms of Outsider Afrofuturism: Krautrock, Nu-Jazz & Ambient Ethnoforgeries”
David Reinecke (Princeton), “Keeping Time Before Techno: James Brown, Kraftwerk, and the Rationalization of Rhythm”

Friday November 18th at 7:30 PM, Nightlight
Party featuring a DJ set of German New Wave and free pizza! Poster here.

View poster here.

UNC German Campus Week is sponsored by:

  • The German Embassy
  • The Dept. of Dramatic Arts
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Institute for African American Research
  • The Center for European Studies

Special thanks to the German Embassy