Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories Volume Features Many WiGgies

Drs. Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico) and Vanessa D. Plumly (SUNY New Paltz) recently published the co-edited volume Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers: Oxford, 2018). This volume assesses the current field of Black German Studies by exploring how periods of recent German history inform the present and future of the interdisciplinary field. The experiences of current generations of Black Germans, the construction and reimagining of race, the importance of cultural identity and power structures, and the opportunities for counter-narratives are considered.

Congratulations to the editors and all of the contributors on this phenomenal project! View the contents of the volume below.


Introduction: Rethinking Black German Studies, Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly

Part I German and Austrian Literature and History

Hergestellt unter ausschließlicher Verwendung von Kakaobohnen deutscher Kolonien’: On Representations of Chocolate Consumption as a Colonial Endeavor, Silke Hackenesch

Here to Stay: Black Austrian Studies, Nancy P. Nenno

Lucia Engombe’s and Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo’s Autobiographical Accounts of Solidaritätspolitik and Life in the GDR as Namibian Children, Meghan O’Dea

Part II Theory and Praxis

Everyday Matters: Haunting and the Black Diasporic Experience, Kimberly Alecia Singletary

Black, People of Color and Migrant Lives Should Matter: Racial Profiling, Police Brutality and Whiteness in Germany, Kevina King

Part III Art and Performance

‘Africa in European Evening Attire’: Defining African American Spirituals and Western Art Music in Central Europe, 1870s–1930s, Kira Thurman

Re-Fashioning Postwar German Masculinity through Hip-Hop: The Man(l)y BlackWhite Identities of Samy Deluxe, Vanessa D. Plumly

Performing Oppression and Empowerment in real life: Deutschland, Jamele Watkins

Afterword, Michelle M. Wright

New Issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies on Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit

Hot off the presses! Check out the latest issue of Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies on Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit (Vol. 54: 4). Co-edited by WiGgies Dr. Gabi Kathöfer and Dr. Beverly Weber, the special issue features work by WiGgies throughout. Find the complete table of contents below.


Seminar, A Journal of Germanic Studies. Vol. 54, No. 4, November 2018

Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit, Special Issue Editors, Gabi Kathöfer and Beverly Weber


Introduction: Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit
Gabi Kathöfer, Beverly Weber


Heimat, Sustainability, Community: A Conversation with Karina Griffith and Peggy Piesche
Gabi Kathöfer, Beverly Weber


Belonging in Black and White: Race, Photography, and the Allure of Heimat in West German Gay Magazines from the 1950s
Bradley Boovy


Refiguring Red Vienna: Alternative Forms of Currency and Community in Michael Riebl’s Planet Ottakring
Susan Ingram


The Berlin Wall in Fernando Pérez’s La pared de las palabras (The Wall of Words): Refiguring Belonging in Precarity
Jennifer Ruth Hosek


Heimat as Communist Utopia or Leerstelle: Yoko Tawada’s Naked Eye
Jette Gindner


The Violence of Precarity and the Appeal of Routine in Jenny Erpenbeck’s Gehen, ging, gegangen
Gary L. Baker


Willkommenskultur Documented: Precarious Heimat in Can’t Be Silent (2013), Land in Sicht (2013), and Willkommen auf Deutsch (2015)
Maria Stehle




Isabell Lorey. State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious
Kathrin Bower


Alexander G. Weheliye. Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human
Elisa Joy White


Jin Haritaworn. Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places
Hester Baer


Fatima El-Tayeb. Undeutsch: Die Konstruktion des Anderen in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft
Vanessa Plumly


Sara Lennox, ed. Remapping Black Germany: New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture
Kira Thurman


Ipek A Celik. In Permanent Crisis: Ethnicity in Contemporary European Media and Cinema
Berna Gueneli