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African German Historian Guest of the German Department

Story posted February 26, 2003

On March 2 and 3, the German department will host Dr. Fatima El-Tayeb, a specialist in studies of the African diaspora in Europe, 20th-century European history and German cultural studies.

In addition to working with students in various German courses, El-Tayeb will present a public lecture drawing on her current research on race relations in contemporary Europe, specifically Germany (see below for details).

Dr. El-Tayeb is the author of Schwarze Deutsche, which explores race, national identity and citizenship in Germany. She co-wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film on African German women Alles wird gut (Everything Will Be Fine), and provided the illustrations for a collection of fiction and poetry titled Talking Home.

El-Tayeb is currently scholar in residence at the University of Tennesee-Knoxville, where she teaches seminars in history, German and film studies, and recently co-organized an international conference Cultures in Motion: The Africa Connection. She served as the curator of the exhibition Africa At Home: European Postcards 1890-1950, which looks at the colonial imagination as expressed in picture postcards.

She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Hamburg in 2000, and was a Copeland research fellow at Amherst College.

El-Tayeb's public lecture, titled "Playing the Hip Hybrid: Migration in the German Mind," will take place at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 3, in Sills Hall, Room 107. The lecture, in English, is open to the public.

She will also hold a Q&A session and screening of the film Everything Will Be Fine for several classes (open only to students enrolled in those classes). The film, a screwball comedy about two African German women, is the winner of several awards from the New Festival of New York, the Toronto Inside Out Festival, and the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

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