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Borderless and Brazen: May Ayim's Internationalism
This presentation argues that May Ayim’s antiracist, diasporic, and feminist engagement encompassed a grassroots Black internationalism that showed her commitment to confront inequality and entrenched discrimination. Her internationalism was also rooted in the local, as she drew attention to examples of oppression at all levels in German society. By traversing multiple borders, Ayim not only produced and shared knowledge about Afro-Germans, but also forged kinships with individuals across the Black diaspora, People of Color, and white allies. These transnational exchanges and networks helped her achieve recognition as one of the most promising Black German activist-intellectuals of her generation.

This event will include a public lecture followed by a private discussion between the speaker and current UCB graduate students.

Speaker: Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

Moderator: Dr. Stephen A. Small, Professor of African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies, University of California Berkeley

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Ray Savord at or 510-643-4558 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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