Europe’s "Refugee Crisis" and the Colonial Archive or Is Art Universal?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Fatima El-Tayeb

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Using the case study of the "Multaqa" project, which brought refugees from Iraq and Syria to the museums of Berlin exhibiting ancient art from these countries, Fatima El-Tayeb’s talk explores the connections between Europe’s colonial legacy, rising global inequality and the "universal museum" as a model of Enlightenment (and as exemplified in the controversial Humboldt Forum).

Fatima El-Tayeb is a professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her work deconstructs structural racism in “colorblind” Europe and centers strategies of resistance among racialized communities, especially those that politicize culture through an intersectional, queer practice. She is the author of three books: "UnDeutsch. Die Konstruktion des Anderen in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft" (UnGerman. The Construction of Otherness in the Postmigrant Society), Transcript 2016, "European Others. Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe" (University of Minnesota Press 2011, German transl. 2015) and "Schwarze Deutsche. Rasse und nationale Identität, 1890-1933" (Black Germans. Race and National Identity, 1890-1933, Campus 2001), as well as of numerous articles on the interactions of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and nation. She is active in black feminist, migrant, and queer of color organizations in Europe and the US.