Borderless and Brazen: May Ayim’s Internationalism

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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 Tiffany Florvil, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

 Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, Director of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California Berkeley

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 1 hour public lecture followed by a private discussion between the speaker and current UCB graduate students.

Co-sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the German Historical Institute – Pacific Regional Office, and the Center for Race & Gender.

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.

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