Project History and Goals

Part I: Book & Publishing Project

Arriving in the Future: Stories of Home and Exile is a English-language series of poetry, short stories, and essays by Black writers and scholars in Germany which features contributions from the majority of the major publications on Black German history to date.

The goal of the series is to allow Black German scholars to carve out a synchronic analysis of modern Black German identity politics. This frame is chosen deliberately since the last major collection of Black German writing was published in 2004.

The series was self published by Arriving in the Future in 2014. What makes this project unique is not only its subject matter, and the large number of contributors that will be featured, but also the use of English which will allow their voices to reach a broader international and Afro Diasporic audience.

Part II: Performances, readings and exhibitions

In collaboration with the publications Arriving In The Future presents regular performances of Afro German, Black, P.O.C. and Critical performers, writers, spoken word artists, and musicians in Berlin and across Germany so as to provide a platform for Afro German, Black, P.O.C. and Alternative voices. In combination with this Arriving has also curated a number of art exhibitions and video instillations.

Academic benefits

The project encompasses the disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, performance studies, theatre studies, Post-Colonial studies, and Anglophone intercultural studies. It offers a source of information to scholars of all human sciences.

The cultural program draws public attention not only to the writers and performers but also to the different academic disciplines. It therefore has a high promotional value to the institution of human sciences as well as the fine arts.

In addition it offers a high educational value given by the topic at hand: The negotiation of layered identities in today’s multicultural and transnational societies.

The anthology as well as the film documentation of the actual readings, performances and discussion will further prove to be a permanent source for future analyses in all academic fields.


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