Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Talks and Organized Conferences


Conference Talks and Guest Lectures (selection)


"'More than a Feeling' – Schwarze Feministische Wut und die 'postrassistische' Gesellschaft”       

 (Online guest lecture in the context of the Lecture Series "Differenz_Gestalten" at Volkwang University of the Arts, Essen)


"'Borderless and Brazen:' Black German Feminist Literature since the 1980s”

(Online guest lecture in the context of the project "Decolonial Discourses and German Studies" at the University of Oxford)


"The Madwoman in the Attic? - Gender and the Politics of Representation in American Literary Studies"

(Guest lecture in the introductory lecture series on transdisciplinary gender studies at the Centre of Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (ZtG) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


"Archives of Abjection: Black Feminist Futurity and Queer Temporality in the Poetry of Wanda Coleman"

(Conference talk, “Entangled Diasporas: Shadow Archives in Black, Queer, and Postcolonial Studies,” Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


"Citizenship and National Identity in Ika Hügel-Marshall’s Daheim Unterwegs: Ein Deutsches Leben" (Conference Talk at the 11th biannual

MESEA Conference "Ethnicity and Kinship: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Family, Community, and Difference", University of Graz)


"Race and National Identity in Autobiographies of the Black Diaspora: Germany and the United States"

(Guest lectureat the department of North American History at the University of Kassel)


"'Distant Connections'– Diasporic Identity and Black Feminist Knowledge in Audre Lorde’s Zami and Ika Hügel-Marshall’s Daheim Unterwegs"

(Guest lecture in the seminar “Art or Propaganda? Blackness and Writing 1925-2011” at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute of North American Studies, Free University Berlin)


"Two Sides of the Same Coin? − Mixed-Race Identity in Ika Hügel-Marshall’s Daheim Unterwegs and Doris McMillon’s Mixed Blessing"

(Conference talk, "Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt?" Ethnic Diversity, ‘Race’ and Racism in American Studies in Germany, University of Tübingen)


"Black German Cinema and Narratives of Blindness"

(Guest lecture withSimon Dickel, W.E.B. Du Bois lecture series at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


"Blindness and Blackness in Sheri Hagen’s Auf den Zweiten Blick"

(Conference talk with Simon Dickel, 11th biannual conference of the Collegium of African American Research (CAAR): “Mobilizing Memory: Creating African Atlantic Identities”, Liverpool Hope University)


Panel Moderations


Moderation of virtual discussion of the documentary Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 (online event at U.S. Embassy, Berlin)


Introduction and moderation of the Distinguished Du Bois Lecture with Lecia Brooks (Southern Poverty Law Center) at Humboldt-University Berlin


panel moderation: reading and conversation with Ladee Hubbard in the context of the U.S. Embassy Literature Series at the English Theatre Berlin


panel moderation and introduction: keynote conversation on "Working Through Rage: Diversity in Decolonial Frames of Critical Inquiry and Institutional Pracice" at the DGfA Diversity Roundtable Workshop "Imagining Future Pracitces of Critical Diversity in American Studies" (online event at the JFKI, Berlin)


panel moderation (with Jeff Klein): "Black Studies in Deutschland – Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Vision" at the symposium "Schwarze Perspektiven in Lehre und Forschung", hosted by Each One / Teach One e.V. at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


panel moderation (with Sunčica Klaas): reading and conversation by and with Paul Beatty, hosted by Luchterhand Literaturverlag at Literaturhaus Berlin.


roundtable discussion: "Hart daran arbeiten, Glück zu haben", hosted by COVEN Berlin at nGbK, Berlin.


conference commentary (with Andrés Nader): "Heterogene Vorstellungswelten: Die didaktischen Imaginationen pluralisierter Gesellschaften", organized by Maisha-Maureen Auma, Beatrice Hungerland, and Asiye Kaya at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin






Organized Conferences


Postgraduate Forum of the German Association for American Studies: "Shifting Paradigms in the Age of Trump? Current Perspectives in American Studies"

(Co-organized with Helen Gibson, Jiann-Chyng Tu, and Simon Rienäcker at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

07/ 17

"Race, Power, and Privilege in Academia"

(Co-organized with Jasper Verlinden, Christine Vogt-William, Kristina Graaff, Eva Boesenberg, and Selma Siew Li Bidlingmaier at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)