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Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies: Private Memories from the Congo Freestate and German East Africa (1884–1914) (LUCIR book launch)

Date
Thursday 11 November 2021
Time
Location
Lipsius
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room
204
Diana Natermann, Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies: Private Memories from the Congo Freestate and German East Africa (1884–1914)

Pursuing Whiteness in the Colonies: Private Memories from the Congo Free State and German East Africa (1884-1914) offers a new comprehension of colonial history from below by analysing remnants of individual agencies from a whiteness studies perspective. It highlights the experiences and perceptions of colonisers and how they portrayed and re-interpreted their identities in Africa. The transcolonial approach is based on egodocuments from Belgian, German and Swedish men and women who migrated to Central Africa for reasons like a love for adventure, social betterment, new gender roles, or the conviction that colonising was their patriotic duty.

This book presents how colonials constructed their whiteness in relation to the subaltern in everyday situations connected to friendship, animals, gender issues, and food.

By combining colonial history with whiteness studies in an African setting author Diana Natermann provides a different understanding of imperial realities as they were experienced by colonials in situ

The book was a finalist for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize, 2018.

Speaker: Diana Miryong Natermann (Hamburg University)

Chair: Andrea Warnecke (Leiden University)

Discussants: Walter Nkwi Gam and Yusra Abdullahi (Leiden University)

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