ReSearching Diversity

In this episode, we talked to Tiffany Florvil who is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, United States. Our main topics are Tiffany's experiences of Black German culture, racism and intersectionality (PAST), the history of Black women, race and racism in 19th century Europe (PRESENT), and why Germany needs more Black scholars and professors of Color (FUTURE).

Show Notes

In this episode, we talked to Tiffany Florvil who is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, United States. Our main topics are Black German history and the normalization of whiteness as well as the history of race and racism in Europe.

PAST (00:02:10): Tiffany describes her own experiences with racism while studying in Germany and how it sparked her interest in Black German experiences, Black German culture, and racism against People of Color in Germany. She talks about African Diaspora, the colonial past, and the normalization of Whiteness in Germany and Europe. Also, Tiffany explains the significance of intersectionality when writing about Black European history.

PRESENT (00:27:30): We discuss Black women in the French self-imagination of the 19th century, based on the book by Robin Mitchell (2020). Among other things, this book illustrates how science is never subjective but always shaped by societal and cultural dynamics of the times.

FUTURE (00:37:35): Tiffany explains why Germany needs more Black scholars and professors of Color. Furthermore, she explains why we need to look into the past to understand how race and exclusion function in the present. 

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We want to thank Minor Revisions for the music, Lotte Gottschewski-Kooijman for the logo design, Max Kersten for post production, and zeythehuman for their artwork. Stay tuned and talk soon!   
 

Full references of this episode:

Ayim, M., Oguntoye, K., & Schultz, D. (2021). Farbe bekennen: Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte (3. Auflage). Orlanda.

El-Tayeb, F. (2001). Schwarze Deutsche: Der Diskurs um “Rasse” und nationale Identität 1890-1933. Campus.

Florvil, T. N. (2020). Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German women and the making of a transnational movement. University of Illinois Press.

*Mitchell, R. (2020). Vénus noire: Black women and colonial fantasies in nineteenth-century France. The University of Georgia Press.

Further inspiring authors mentioned in this episode: 
May Ayim, Audre Lorde, Maisha-Maureen Auma, Tina Campt, Pricilla Layne, Michelle M. Wright, Peggy Piesche, Fatima El-Tayeb, and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw.

What is ReSearching Diversity?

Join a group of six women in social sciences in their aim to increase visibility of inspiring social scientists and of cutting-edge research on ethnic, cultural, and migration-related diversity. Each episode, two hosts invite one outstanding scientist to discuss their PAST (personal path into academia), the PRESENT (research article or book chapter that has recently inspired them), and the FUTURE (recent developments and paradigm shifts in academia and social sciences).

For more information on the episode, guest, and included references, please visit https://www.researchingdiversity.com.
You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

We want to thank Minor Revisions for the music, Lotte Gottschewski-Kooijman for the logo design, Max Kersten for post production, and zeythehuman for their artwork. Stay tuned and talk soon!