Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?

Facing Problems of “Race,” Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany

Edited by Mahmoud Arghavan, Nicole Hirschfelder, Luvena Kopp, and Katharina Motyl

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Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?

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Pub Date: January 2019

ISBN: 9783837641035

300 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?

Facing Problems of “Race,” Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany

Edited by Mahmoud Arghavan, Nicole Hirschfelder, Luvena Kopp, and Katharina Motyl

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Ethnic diversity, “race,” and racism have been subject to discussion in American studies departments at German universities for many years. It appears that especially in the past few decades, ethnic minorities and new immigrants have increasingly become objects of scholarly inquiry. Such research questions focus on the U.S. and other traditionally multicultural societies that have emerged out of historical situations shaped by (settler) colonialism, slavery, and/or large-scale immigration. Paradoxically, these studies have overwhelmingly been conducted by white scholars born in Germany and holding German citizenship. Scholars with actual experience of racial discrimination have remained largely unheard. Departing from a critique of practices employed by the German branch of the American studies, the volume offers (self-)reflective approaches by scholars from different fields in the German humanities. It thereby seeks to provide a solid basis for thorough and candid discussions of the mechanisms behind and the implications of racialized power relations in the German humanities and German society at large.

About the Author

Mahmoud Arghavan coordinates the unit for Help for Refugees, Migration, and Integration at the Inner Mission in Munich. He was an adjunct lecturer at the American studies department of the University of Tübingen. His research interests include diaspora studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and border studies.

Nicole Hirschfelder is an associate professor at the American studies department at the University of Tübingen and an associate member of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 923 "Threatened Order – Societies Under Stress". She was a visiting professor at the University of Maryland in 2016. Her main areas of scholarship (figurational sociology, inequality, and the Civil Rights Movement) inform her collaborations with schools that strive to facilitate dialogues about the specific meanings of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. and Germany.

Luvena Kopp teaches film, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Tübingen. Her research interests include concepts of figurational sociology, power relations, and the films of Spike Lee.

Katharina Motyl is a postdoctoral scholar at the American studies department of the University of Tübingen and a member of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 923 "Threatened Order – Societies under Stress". Her research focuses on Arab American literature, global Arab and Muslim perspectives on the War on Terror, the sociocultural history of drugs and addiction, African American expressive culture as well as Native American cultures and knowledge systems.