The FemGeniuses in Berlin blogs posted to this site were written by students enrolled in FG214/ES200/GR220 Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin. In “grenzenlos und unverschämt” (“boundless and outrageous”), May Ayim writes, “ich werde trotztdem/ afrikanisch/ sein/ auch wenn ihr/ mich gerne/ deutsch/ haben wollt/ und werde trotzdem/ deutsch sein/ auch wenn euch/ meine schwärze/ nicht paßt” (“i will be african / even if you want me to be german / and i will be german / even if my blackness does not suit you”). This passage communicates the complex ways in which the identities and subjectivities of marginalized communities in Germany are constructed and developed, even in metropolitan spaces like Berlin. In this course, we examine how the identities of these communities—such as Black Germans, Turkish Germans, migrants, refugees, victims of Neo-Nazi terrorism and police brutality, and LGBTQI communities—are constructed, particularly how these constructions are dependent on racism, heterosexism, colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression. Additionally, we examine how these communities resist, reject, revise, and reproduce these narratives as they construct their own subjectivities.
By the end of this course, students will learn the importance of the following objectives, as well as the skills required to perform them at an intermediate level:
- examining, synthesizing, and responding to theoretical perspectives and methodologies most applicable to marginalized communities in Berlin;
- examining the identity construction of marginalized communities in Berlin based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, citizenship status, and other social, cultural, and political markers;
- examining the ways in which marginalized communities in Berlin understand and resist, reject, revise, or reproduce normativity as they construct their own subjectivities;
- and employing and synthesizing theoretical perspectives and methodologies most applicable to marginalized communities in Berlin in all coursework.
If you are interested in learning more about and/or enrolling in the course, please click here. Click below for an index of the blogs, along with a slideshow of pictures:
NOTE: The student-created projects on this site do NOT represent research findings and/or generalizable knowledge. Rather, these projects represent these students’ pursuit of knowledge.