In Memory of George Floyd and Against Global Racism
The Centre for Australian Studies (CAS) at the University of Cologne, Germany, stands in allegiance and solidarity with the protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement. Echoing the words of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), we at CAS stand “In Solidarity, in Sadness, and in Hope”, and with all BIPOC people (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). Together with our colleagues, our individual as well as institutional partners around the globe, we mourn the death of George Floyd, condemn acts of police brutality, and protest the racism and precarious systemic injustice at the heart of this tragedy.
The deaths of George Floyd and Warlpiri Man Kumanjayi Walker (shot by a police officer on 9 November 2019 in Yuendumu near Alice Springs) tragically remind us that racism and neo-colonial structures of domination are still alive and thriving in the twenty-first century. In our teaching and research, we are committed to anti-racism, non-discrimination, and the promotion of social justice and equality as our central values and guiding principles. We are dedicated to building and fostering equitable and reciprocal relationships in our effort to contribute to the decolonization of discourses, structures, institutions and politics. Please join us in the global fight against racism and in our dedication to make academic work about positive social change and transformation.