Searching for Utopia. The African American/Danish Archives
by Ethelene Whitmire.
A visual presentation of Whitmire´s research in connection to her upcoming books.

Saturday 27th May 2017 at 14:30-16:00 
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 Meter Exhibition Space, Henrik Rungs Gade 25, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.

Searching for Utopia. The African American/Danish Archives project is an interdisciplinary and historical collection of primary and secondary sources in English and Danish documenting the lives of African Americans in Denmark during the 20th century. Whitmire’s book-in-progress explores the questions:

Why did African Americans go to Denmark? What were their experiences while there? and Was Denmark a racial utopia for African Americans?

Whitmire´s current archival research project explores the experiences of African Americans who studied, visited, lived and performed in Denmark during the 20th century. Educators, artist, social workers, writers, singers, jazz musicians among many others, were drawn to the Scandinavian countries and Whitmire will visually present their stories and her own encounters of the process in writing her upcoming book.

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Bio: Ethelene Whitmire is from Passaic, New Jersey, USA. She is an author, amateur documentary filmmaker and a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison affiliated with the Departments of Afro-American Studies, Nordic Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. She is currently a Fulbright and visiting Scholar at the University of Copenhagen – Center for Transnational American Studies. The research-collection contains Census records, biographies, passenger lists, memoirs, government documents, newspaper articles, personal and professional correspondence, photographs, ethnographic observations, scrapbooks, interviews, documentaries, novels, a short story, music, paintings, prints and drawings.

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