From Black to Schwarz explores the long and varied history of the exchanges between African America and Germany with a particular focus on cultural interplay. Covering a wide range of media of expression - music, performance, film, scholarship, literature, visual arts, reviews - the essays collected in this volume trace and analyze a cultural interaction, collaboration and mutual transformation that began in the eighteenth century, literally boomed during the Harlem Renaissance/Weimar Republic, could not even be liquidated by the Third Reich's `Degenerate Art' campaigns, and, with new media available to further exchanges, is still increasingly empowering and inspiring participants on both sides of the Atlantic.
Prof. Dr. Maria Diedrich holds a Chair in American Studies at the WWUM. Her research focuses on African American literature and culture in a transatlantic context.
Dr. Jürgen Heinrichs teaches art history at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA. His research explores the interrelationships between African American and European art and visual culture.