A Discussion on the Issues and Challenges of Racialized Minorities
With Mohamed Amjahid and Charmaine Nelson
Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00 – Online
In English with simultaneous French and Spanish Translation
Radical Diversity is a series of discussions on the issues and challenges facing racialized minorities in a world marked by right-wing extremism and racism. On November 18, the series continues in Montreal where Mohamed Amjahid will discuss with art historian Charmaine Nelson the production of white knowledge production, looking back from a Black-Canadian perspective and a new era for anthropology and social sciences.
Right-wing extremism, everyday racism and racialized microaggressions, and pressure to “assimilate” – all of these constructs affecting racialized minorities result from an inability and unwillingness to respect and appreciate the radical diversity that underscores our societies. Max Czollek (“De-integrate Yourselves”) and Mohamed Amjahid (“Among Whites: What It Means to Be Privileged”) are two Millennial generation voices that have emerged from Germany in recent years. With a critical, multidimensional approach, Czollek and Amjahid will examine the challenges faced by German and North American societies, as well as various visions for progress, by discussing them with experts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
A presentation by Goethe-Institut locations in North America in collaboration with its Goethe Pop Ups, the Thomas Mann House, the Institute for Social Justice & Radical Diversity and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America.
Mohamed Amjahid was born in 1988 in Frankfurt-am-Main to “guest-workers” (Gastarbeiter*innen – international workers who relocated to West Germany between 1955 and 1973 to help rebuild after World War II; many settled in Germany permanently). He attended school in Morocco, and graduated from high school there. He studied political science in Berlin and Cairo, and conducted research on various anthropological projects in North America. During his studies, Amjahid worked as a journalist for different German media (taz, Frankfurter Rundschau, Deutschlandfunk, Die Zeit, Zeit Magazin). Anthropologically and journalistically, Amjahid focuses on human rights, equality, and upheaval in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The author of 7 books, Nelson has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, Black Canadian Studies, and African-Canadian Art History. In 2017-18, she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-2018).
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