Dr. Natasha A. Kelly is an academic activist, visualutionist and afrofuturist. She joins Jennifer Kamau from IWS for a deep dive into the history of racism in Germany – the origins and continuities of German (and European) Colonialism and a look at “the other side of the coin”: Black German history. We discuss stories of resistance, the history of Black movements in Germany and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule occupation where IWS was formed and where we met Natasha who was taking on a liaison role at that time.

Natasha also draws parallels between now and 100 years ago when W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “The Comet”, which Natasha’s latest book – “The Comet – Afrofuturism 2.0” reintroduces readers to. In 1920, the world was recovering from the last major global pandemic – the so-called Spanish Flu – and the USA from the “Red Summer” of 1919, which saw a wave of race riots and white supremacist mobs attacking and killing African-Americans in 30+ cities across the country following a number of peaceful protests against the racial violence. Sound familiar? Just as Du Bois did, Natasha challenges us to envision and create the futures we want for ourselves. If we are demonstrating, we should not just be thinking about what we are demonstrating against, but also what are we demonstrating for!

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Natasha A. Kelly has a PhD in Communication Studies and Sociology with a research focus on colonialism and feminism. Born in the UK and bred in Germany the author, curator and lecturer has taught at numerous universities in Germany and Austria. As Research Assistant at the Centre for transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin (2010 – 2013) she dealt with the decoloniality of knowledge, power and beings. In her publications e.g. »Afroism« (2008), »Sisters & Souls« (2015), »Afrokultur« (2016) and in her creative works e.g. »EDEWA« (2010 – 2018) (http://www.edewa.info), »Giftschrank« (German Historical Museum, 2016/2017, Museum Schöneberg 2017) und »African_Diaspora Palast« (»World Exhibition_Reformation«, Wittenberg 2017) she combines theory and praxis at the intersection of academia, art and society. Furthermore, she has been active for the Black German Community for several years.

In addition to her consulting work for various art institutions, she was the artistic director of the theater series »M(a)y Sister«, which was performed at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin from 2015 to 2018. Her award-winning debut film »Milli’s Awakening« (2018) was commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale and screened in national and international settings including Museum of Modern Art MMK Frankfurt, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Kirchner Museum Davos as well at venues throughout Europe, Australia and in the USA. The eponymous publication is available at Orlanda Frauenverlag Berlin. Her youngest book is a collection of German translations of the foundational Black Feminists (from Sojourner Truth to Kimberlé Crenshaw) and marks the first in a new series of Black Feminist Readers published by Unrast Verlag Münster.

Dr. phil. Natasha A. Kelly ist Kommunikationssoziologin mit den Forschungsschwerpunkten Post-/Kolonialismus und Feminismus. Die in London geborene und in Deutschland sozialisierte Autorin, Dozentin und Kuratorin hat an zahlreichen Institutionen in Deutschland und Österreich gelehrt und geforscht. Als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2010 – 2013) setzte sie sich v.a. mit der Verwobenheit von Wissen, Macht und Körper auseinander. In ihren Publikationen »Afroism« (2008), »Sisters & Souls« (2015), »Afrokultur« (2016) u.a. und in ihren künstlerischen Arbeiten »EDEWA« (2010 – heute) (http://www.edewa.info), »Giftschrank« (Deutsches Historisches Museum, 2016/2017, Museum Schöneberg 2017) und »African_Diaspora Palast« (»Weltausstellung_Reformation«, Wittenberg 2017) u.a. verbindet sie Theorie und Praxis an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft, Kunst und Gesellschaft. Zudem ist sie seit vielen Jahren in der Schwarzen deutschen Community engagiert.

Neben ihrer beratenden Tätigkeit für verschiedene Kunstinstitutionen war sie von 2015 – 2018 die künstlerische Leiterin der Theaterreihe»M(a)y Sister« am HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater in Berlin. Ihr preisgekrönter Debütfilm »Millis Erwachen« (2018) wurde von der 10. Berlin Biennale in Auftrag gegeben und in nationalen und internationalen Kontexten gezeigt, darunter am Museum für Moderne Kunst MMK Frankfurt, in der Bundeskunsthalle Bonn und am Kirchner Museum Davos, in unterschiedlichen Ländern Europas, in Australien und in den USA. Die gleichnamige Publikation ist beim Orlanda Frauenverlag Berlin erhältlich. Ihr jüngstes Buch ist eine Sammlung deutscher Übersetzungen der Grundlagentexten Schwarzer Feministinnen (von Sojourner Truth bis Kimberlé Crenshaw) und das erste Buch in einer neuen Reihe von Feminist Readers of Color im Unrast Verlag Münster.

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