Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?

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

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 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.


  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Table of Contents

    Seiten 5 - 6
  3. Acknowledgments

    Seiten 7 - 8
  4. Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Facing Problems of Race, Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany: A Survey of the Issues at Stake

    Seiten 9 - 42
  5. I. Race in Translation: Comparing Racial and Xenophobic Formations in Germany and the United States

    'Ausländer' - A Racialized Concept? 'Race' as an Analytical Concept in Contemporary German Immigration History

    Seiten 45 - 68
  6. Perspective Matters: Racism and Resistance in the Everyday Lives of Youths of Color in Germany

    Seiten 69 - 82
  7. Beyond a Trifling Presence: Afro-Germans and Identity Boundaries in Germany

    Seiten 83 - 100
  8. Race and Racism in Translation: "Who Can Speak?" in German Renderings of Literary African American English

    Seiten 101 - 120
  9. II. Normative Whiteness in the German Humanities

    Post-Racism, Colorblind Individualism & Political Correctness: Contemporary Modes of Materialization in American Studies and German Academia

    Seiten 123 - 152
  10. Kanak Academic: Teaching in Enemy Territory

    Seiten 153 - 176
  11. The Migrant Scholar of Color as Refugee in the Western Academy

    Seiten 177 - 194
  12. Keeping Academia White: A Case Study

    Seiten 195 - 214
  13. III. Diversity-Conscious Approaches to Academic and Pedagogical Practice

    On Racism without Race: The Need to Diversify Germanistik and the German Academy

    Seiten 217 - 238
  14. "So You Want to Write about American Indians?" Ethical Reflections on Euro-Academia's Research on Indigenous Cultural Narratives

    Seiten 239 - 260
  15. "The Danger of a Single Story": Addressing Contemporary Public Discourse and Protest Movements in American Studies Classrooms in Germany

    Seiten 261 - 282
  16. IV. Shifting Perspectives: Transatlantic and Genre-Crossing Reflections on White Normativity

    Goethe Meets Baldwin: Notes towards a Comparative Perspective beyond Misappropri

    Seiten 285 - 294
  17. Notes from the Margin: Academic White Spaces and the Silencing of Scholars of Color

    Seiten 295 - 314
  18. Transatlantic Postcolonial (T)Races in the Classroom: From Defoe's Desert Island to Larsen's Quicksand and Black-ish Suburbia

    Seiten 315 - 336
  19. Passing Tone/Note

    Seiten 337 - 342
  20. Contributors

    Seiten 343 - 352
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10. April 2019, 352 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8394-4103-9
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Mahmoud Arghavan

Mahmoud Arghavan, Independent Scholar, Germany

Nicole Hirschfelder

Nicole Hirschfelder, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Deutschland

Luvena Kopp

Luvena Kopp, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Deutschland

Katharina Motyl

Katharina Motyl, Hochschule Mannheim, Deutschland

Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt? Facing Problems of Race, Racism, and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany
transcript Verlag
1 SW-Abbildung
SOC031000 SCI075000 LIT004020
10. April 2019
Rassismus, Wissenschaft
American Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Black Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Ethnic Studies
German Academia, American Studies In Germany, Race, Racism, Whiteness, Diversity, Equality, Nationalism, Populism, Pedagogy, Science, Sociology of Science, American Studies, Cultural Studies

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