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