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Lecture Series | Nishani Frazier (Kansas) - The Sounds of Blackness: How Gentrification Silences and Displaces Belonging

ScienceCampus visiting Fellow Nishani Frazier will give a talk on 27 June at 18:15 in H19 at UR discussing Black experiences of gentrification in Durham, NC. Her research draws on oral history and biographical approaches to explore experiences of home and place.


Voices of the Dispossessed is a study of gentrification in Durham, NC and its impact on black community members, particularly of East Durham. It borrows heavily from oral history and personal narrative to discuss how gentrification emerges. It also examines how activists strategize around memory preservation to challenge removal. Memory resistance involves the process of combining black notions of the imagined home/place along with the cultural signifiers which make home “alive.” Black imagination defines spatial/social borders, while black aesthetic infuses it with spirit. This talk will focus on black voices about home as cornerstones for instilling life and belonging into place. 

NIshani Frazier is Associate Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Kansas. Her areas of research include African American History, including freedom, resistance and social movements; gentrification; oral history and historical methods; and digital history and black digital humanities. Before taking up her post at Kansas, she was Associate Curator of African American History and Archives at Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), Assistant to the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Archives at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and personal assistant for Dr. John Hope Franklin, before and during his tenure as chair of President Bill Clinton's advisory board on "One America". She was also professor at the Miami University, Ohio.

When?  Monday, 27 June 2022, 18:15 CET

Where?  H19, Sammelgebäude, Universität Regensburg

The lecture series is organized with CITAS.