Peggy Piesche is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar who’s work is centered in Black European Studies. At the Bayreuth University she is currently working in the Academy for Advanced African Studies. Her book-length research project there, “Concepts of Future in MediaSpaces” is exploring how Diaspora is negotiated through notions of race and digitalized collective identities. Her book publications include AufBrüche. Kulturelle Produktionen von Migrantinnen, Schwarzen und jüdischen Frauen in Deutschland (Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 1999), May-Ayim-Award: Erster Internationaler Schwarzer deutscher Literaturpreis (Orlanda Verlag, 2004), Mythen, Masken und Subjekte. Kritische Weißseinsforschung in Deutschland (Unrast Verlag, 2005 and 2009), “Euer Schweigen schützt euch nicht.” Audre Lorde und die Schwarze Frauenbewegung in Deutschland (Orlanda Verlag, 2012). Piesche’s areas of research and teaching include Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Translocality, and the Performativity of Memory cultures (Spatiality and Coloniality of Memories). Articles on these subjects appeared in several journals and edited volumes. Peggy Piesche is also an activist member of ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) and the Black community in Germany.
Susan Arndt is Professor of Transcultural Anglophone Studies at the University of Bayreuth. She studied literature, linguistics and cultural studies in Berlin and London and worked at the Universities of Oxford, Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Bayreuth. Her major research interests are British, Anglophone and diasporic fiction as related to postcoloniality, gender, intertextuality, futurity, posthumanism and technology.
She is the author of Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen. Rassismus (München: C.H.Beck 2012, 2nd edition 2015),
The Dynamics of African Feminism. Defining and Classifying African Feminist Literatures (Trenton, NJ; Asmara: Africa World Press 2002) and African Women’s Literature, Orature and Intertextuality (Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies) (1998).
Mariam Popal’s academic fields are ENGLISH & POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES. She received her PhD in Middle East Studies with summa cum laude with a work on the meanings of Law/Sharia from the perspectives of Feminist Postcolonial Theories and Comparative Law at the University of Hamburg/Germany. She is working on her second theses in English about the concept of ‘touching’ and the works of Paul Auster and Zadie Smith at the Department of English & American Studies/University of Bayreuth. Currently she is researcher at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. Her further work is a book on the Legacy of Malcolm X and the Notions of Diaspora, Nation and Language, and an anthology on the ideas and trajectories of Stuart Hall for current political, literary and film theory.
She additionally has initiated three further projects that she now is co-editing: an anthology on Afghan Nation and Narration (with Abbas Poya, University of Zurich/ FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg & Anders Widmark, University of Uppsala), a miscellany on Postcolonial Ethics (with Susan Arndt, Bayreuth University & Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto) and (with Susan Arndt/Bayreuth University) an Interview compilation and film pastiche with summer guests of the Academy regarding the idea and praxis of concepts. She is also co-editing a book on Anti-Muslim Racism and Neo-Orientalisms with Iman Attia/Alice Salomon University, Berlin.
Her research foci are:
(Feminist) De-/Postcolonial Studies, Ethics, (Postcolonial) Shakespeare Studies, Literary Theory, Affect Theories, especially humor, Modern English/American Literatures, Modernism, Virginia Wolff, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance, Toni Morrison, American Short Stories, Film Theory & Photography, Critical Race Studies and Representation Theory, Critical Inter-artity Studies within different critical movements, Diaspora Studies, images of Afghanistan in English Literatures and Modern Afghan Literatures & Cultural Studies, anti-Muslim racism, Neo-Orientalisms, Postcolonial New Materialism(s).
Some of her publications include:
• Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders, in: Susan Arndt/Nadja Ofutey-Alazard (Eds.), Afrofictional In[ter]ventions – Revisiting the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-13, Münster: edition assemblage 2014, pp. 67-74.
• ‚Gender‘. Myths – Masks – Subjectpositions – and beyond [‚Gender‘. Mythen – Masken – Subjektpositionen – und beyond], in: Freiburger Geschlechterstudien, Ausgabe 25/2011, S. 47-64.
• Heine and the Orient? – Between Subjectivity and Othering or How the Other came to Germany – saw and – ? [Heine und der Orient ? – Zwischen Subjektivität und Veranderung oder Wie das Andere nach Deutschland kam – sah – und ?], in: Lawrence I. Conrad/Benjamin Jokisch/Ulrich Rebstock (eds.), Fremde, Feinde und Kurioses. Innen- und Außenansichten unseres muslimischen Nachbarn. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Gernot Rotter, de Gruyter 2009, S. 67-114.
• Head Scarf Hip Hop – Bodies Narrating (Other) Stories [Kopftücher HipHop – Körper sprechen schweigend (andere) Geschichten], in: Kien Nghi Ha, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Sheila Myrosekar (eds.), Re/visionen – Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People auf Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und auf Widerstand in Deutschland,
Unrast Verlag 2007, S. 87-109.
Sharia as Religious Law – a Construct? Reflections on the Analysis of Islamic Law based on Methods of Comparative Law and from a Post-Colonial Perspective [Die Scharia, das religiöse Recht – ein Konstrukt? Überlegungen zur Analyse des islamischen Rechts anhand rechtsvergleichender Methoden und aus Sicht post-kolonialer Kritik] Peter Lang 2006.
Founded in October 2012 and inaugurated in a festive event on December 3rd, 2012, the “Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies” will expand the horizon of the well-established field of African Studies at this University at international, national and local levels. Across a broad range of disciplines, it will open dialogues with other Area Studies as well as with fields of research dedicated to ‘systematic’ (i.e. non-regional) approaches. Thus, in its first phase (2012-2016), the Bayreuth Academy will fathom concepts of the future emerging from Africa and its diasporas from different academic perspectives. An essential concern is to engage in general debates about the concept of ‘future’ through insights gained from regional research, notably African Studies. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding this project and the setting up of its institutional structures during the next four years.