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Meryem Choukri M.A.

Meryem Choukri M.A.

Affiliation

University of Warwick/Justus-Liebig University

PhD Working Title

"Archives of Resistance - Remembering Black Women and Women of Colour Movements in Germany"

Summary

This PhD project focuses on archives of Black women and women of colour movements in Germany. It investigates the question how historical awareness and archives are formed in activist movements that are constantly changing. While archives are commonly associated with the preservation of hegemonic knowledge in the form of records collections, this project will help to shape a better understanding of the question how archiving and transmitting of knowledge is done from a marginalised, resistant position.
Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, I will mainly draw from semi-structured interviews with Black women and women of colour activists from different generations. In analysing different forms of archives in the context of intersectional activism in Germany, such as community archives, literary archives, and social media archives, I will demonstrate how knowledge about present and past activism, intersectionality and racism is archived and passed on in Black women and women of colour movements. In doing so, I will also shed light on events, texts, individuals and other points of reference for the movements. The final chapter on archives of resistance will discuss the entanglements and various functions of the different archives and show how political activism and marginalised knowledge is organised in Black women and women of colour movements in Germany.

Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Christine Achinger

Co-Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez


Vita

Vita


  • Since 2019: PhD in German Studies at University of Warwick and Sociology at JL University Gießen, affiliated member of the PhDNet Literary and Cultural Studies, co-coordinator of the Memory Group in Warwick (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ehrc/events/memory/)
  • Since 2018: Member of the bildungs*Lab (https://www.bildungslab.net/) and of the Diaspora Salon Hamburg (https://www.instagram.com/diaspora_salon/)
  • 2017-2019: Freelance educator and moderator around topics of racism, intersectional feminism and colonialism, teaching assignments at Leuphana University Lüneburg and University of Hamburg
  • 2016-17: M.A. Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy, Goldsmiths University London (Dissertation: “Defying Slow Death – Creating a Nation State: Cultural Resistance in the Sahrawi Struggle for Self-Determination”)
  • 2013-17: Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
  • 2012-16: B.A. Studium Individuale, Leuphana University Lüneburg (Dissertation: “Experiences with Racism in Migration Biographies – Means of Coping with Structural Discrimination”)