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Racism – (Ir)Relevant in a German Context?! Contributions by Critical Race Theories & De/Postcolonial Theories for (Critical) Scholarship

Critical race theory and de/postcolonial perspectives are essential for an understanding of the constitution of national-ethnic-cultural boundaries both in the past and the present. They bring with them great potential to analyze contemporary conditions in view of historical developments and with regard to their global dimension. In dialogue with these perspectives, this panel seeks to discuss the role of racism and colonialism on various levels in the context of (postcolonial/post-National Socialist) Germany, thereby contributing to a more thorough understanding of the formation and transformation of borders in Europe. Among others, the following questions will be adressed: How does the creation of national-ethnic-cultural boundaries and the constitution of "Us" and the Others relate to racism and colonialism? How can material and symbolic privileges and deprivations concerning subjectivation be understood from a critical race perspective? What responsibility do researchers have regarding research ethics, reflectivity of their own position and considering power relations (coloniality of power)? And what responsibility do they have with regard to the reproduction, legitimation or struggle of racist differentiation?

Panel presentations by:

Isabel Dean (Göttingen), Maria Consuelo Flores Rojas (Osnabrück), Khorshid Khodabakhshreshad (Göttingen), Shadi Kooroshy (Oldenburg), Tobias Linnemann (Oldenburg), Iris Rajanayagam (Berlin)

Panel organizers:

Maria Consuelo Flores Rojas (Osnabrück), Khorshid Khodabakhshreshad (Göttingen), Shadi Kooroshy (Oldenburg), Tobias Linnemann (Oldenburg)

Comment by:

Nikita Dhawan (Giessen)

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