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Black Germans and music in past and present

Hello all,

And a warm welcome to first-time visitors, especially those of you I met in Finland (looking forward to the next conference!).

As promised in my last post, let me give you a quick update on what we’ve been up to with the website.The earlier timer periods are nearing a version of completion for the time being, and the more recent periods remain far less complete. But frequent visitors will notice that I’ve given more order to all of the source pages with more precise themes. Do let me know what you think of these, and if you have suggestions for topics that should be included or even particular sources then by all means send them my way.

Here are some of the new pages that I’ve added since I last posted, as well as some oldies that I’d like to draw your attention to.The loose theme here is music, which is one medium through which Black people have been able to secure a place for themselves even as they have sometimes found themselves confined by preconceptions of their abilities

I also have some exciting things in store for you, including a number of pages providing more detail on the black members of Frederick II Hohenstaufen’s medieval court–I’m just awaiting a Latin translator! I will also have a fascinating page on depictions of Parsival‘s Feirefiz in the Age of Empire, which is being written by a student of mine named Isobel Sanders. So keep an eye out for those.

As always, you can get in touch with us at or on Twitter @bcesn.

Happy surfing,


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