Africa in the Making of Modernity: Reconsidering the Black Atlantic
The aim of this workshop is to explore the role of Africa in European and transatlantic knowledge production – historically as well as at our contemporary moment. While modernity has for a long time been exclusively associated with Western progress, newer accounts, starting with Paul Gilroy's path-breaking book "The Black Atlantic" (1993), have offered a radically new view on Africa’s engagement with modernity by focusing on the role of Africa and Africans in the world, on the liminal zones where cultures collided and the distinctive new cultural and aesthetic forms that have emerged as a result. The workshop will analyze the capacity of literature and the arts to offer a more inclusive account of transcultural modernity and discuss recent geographical, aesthetic and historical concepts that extend the Black Atlantic paradigm, especially those that place a specific emphasis on transcultural circuits relating to and emanating from the Horn of Africa.
Participants among others: Yogita Goyal (UCLA), John Njenga Karugia (Frankfurt a. M.), Christine Matzke (Bayreuth), Kerstin Schmidt (Eichstätt), Frank Schulze-Engler (Frankfurt a. M.).