"Harlem in Germany": Race, Migration, and the American Analogy in the Federal Republic.

Arts Building Lecture Room 3
Tuesday 12 March 2024 (17:30-19:00)

Dr Thomas Brodie: t.o.brodie@bham.ac.uk

Speaker: Dr Lauren Stokes, (Northwestern)

  • Everyone welcome

As West Germans debated “difference” after 1945, they sought out a self-consciously “Western” and liberal way to discuss the concept. This talk examines different examples of how US social science on race shaped policies on migration in West Germany, including how invoking “Harlem” as a racialized space shaped urban housing policy for migrants in Germany, and how a theory of child development borrowed from US social science was used to justify new restrictions on child migration.