Archive: Gregory Pollet-Young
Former student Damani J. Partridge publishes a new book Blackness as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, Noncitizen Futures, and Black Power in Berlin (University of California Press, 2022)
November 17, 2022
In this bold and provocative book, Damani J. Partridge examines the possibilities and limits of a universalized Black politics. Young people in Germany of Turkish, Arab, and African descent use claims of Blackness to hold states and other institutions accountable for their everyday struggle. Partridge tracks how these youth invoke the expressions of Black Power, acting out the medal-podium salute from the 1968 Olympics, proclaiming “I am Malcolm X,” expressing mutual struggle with Muhammad Ali and Spike Lee, and standing with raised and clenched fists next to Angela Davis. Partridge also documents the demands by public-school teachers, federal-program leaders, and…
March 15, 2022
In spring 2021, Professors Deniz Göktürk and Elisabeth Krimmer (University of California, Davis) hosted a series of Zoom conversations with contemporary writers entitled “Archives of Migration: The Power of Fiction in Times of Fake News.” This series, which continues into spring 2022, engages with writers who bring diverse perspectives to questions of societal polarization and the power of poetic imagination, and presents opportunities to experience contemporary literature in action and think about questions of truth in fiction. Conversations with three writers based in Berlin, Germany – Sharon Dodua Otoo, Zafer Şenocak, and Yoko Tawada – addressed such questions based on readings…
March 5, 2022
Current Ph.D student Sarah Harris will be participating in the 2022 Berkeley Grad Slam Competition on April 11th as one of 10 semi-finalist from the campus. From the competition’s website, “Grad Slam is an annual contest to communicate research. It aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work. Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.” The event may be viewed virtually via this link…
March 3, 2022
Deniz Göktürk has published an article titled “The Secret Life of Waste: Recycling Dreams of Migration” in the volume Refugees and Migrants in Contemporary Film, Art and Media, ed. by Robert Burgoyne and Deniz Bayrakdar, Amsterdam University Press (2022). Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.
March 1, 2022
New book from Professor Jeroen Dewulf. Click here for a link to the book’s homepage.
February 25, 2022
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February 15, 2022
Congratulations to Cecily Cai on joining the faculty at Hamilton College. Cecily (“Siyu”) received her BA in German from UC Berkeley in 2014.
September 29, 2021
Professor Lilla Balint was interviewed on CBSN about election results in Germany, as Angela Merkel steps aside and the Social Democrats move into power. Watch her clip here, starting at 2:43.