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Connecting and Community: Black Germans in Their Own Words

Social Justice and the Media:

A German Studies Lecture Series

Sarah Colvin
Sarah Colvin is the Schröder Professor of German and head of the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge. She studied German language and literature at the Universities of Oxford and Hamburg. She was a Junior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford, a Humboldt Fellow at Potsdam University, and has held chairs at the Universities of Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Warwick.

Can the Incarcerated Subaltern Speak - and Who's Listening?
Disqualified Stories and the Problems of Prisoner Knowledge

Tuesday, Arpil 10, 3:30 PM
Lindsey Young Auditorium, Hodges Library

It matters when people can’t tell their stories. It also matters when stories are told, but no one wants to hear them. In her presentation, Professor Colvin will discuss the uncomfortable stories told by German prisoners and more broadly the prisoner storytellers’ concerns about the disqualification of their knowledge. She will consider the place of prisoner experience in cultural knowledge and memory and set hopes for redemption against fear of contagion.



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