Anne Potjans

has been a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC Consolidator grant project “Tales of the Diasporic Ordinary. Aesthetics, Affects, Archives” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since October 2022 and currently works on a project entitled “Night Shift – Queer Subcultural Spaces and the Black Diasporic Experience.” Earlier in 2022, she completed her dissertation on “‘Why Are You So Angry?’” – The Uses of Rage and Anger in Black Feminist Literature.” From 2015 to 2022, Anne Potjans has been a lecturer at the American Studies program at Humboldt where she has taught a variety of classes in North-American Literature and culture, her disciplinary home. In the fall of 2019 she took part in a faculty exchange with the HONORS program at the University of Washington, where she taught a class on Black German and African American cultural and political connections. She is a joint winner of Peter Lang’s Emerging Scholars Competition “New Perspectives in Black Studies,” and is currently in the process of completing her manuscript. In addition to that, she has worked on post-WWII African American and Black German feminist diasporic connections, as well as on the intersections of Blackness, sexuality, and racial visibility in German film productions.

Anne Potjans has presented her research both nationally and internationally. Recent publications include: “More Than A Feeling: Schwarze Feministische Wut und die ‘postrassistische’ Gesellschaft,” in: Alle Uns. Differenz, Identität, Repräsentation, edited by Rebecca Racine Ramershoven and Simon Dickel, edition assemblage, 2022; “Tragen/Ertragen/Schwarzsein,” Beitrag zur Debatte: Dangerous Temproalities, curated by Beate Binder and Silvy Chakalakal, in: Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, no. 1, 2022; “Beyond Kinship and National Identity: Ika Hügel-Marshall’s Daheim Unterwegs: Ein Deutsches Leben,”in: Ethnicity and Kinship in North American and European Literatures, edited by Klaus Rieser and Silvia Schultermandl, Routlegde, 2021; “Racial Seeing and Sexual Desire: 1 Berlin Harlem and Auf den Zweiten Blick,” with Simon Dickel, in: Sexual Cultures in Germany in the 1970s – A Golden Age for Queers? edited by Janin Afken and Benedikt Wolff, Palgrave, 2019.


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2023-01-25 | Posted by Alexis Mertens