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Imke Brust

Imke Brust

Transnational Dimensions of Heimat and National Images of Hybridity in Mo Asumang’s Roots Germania

Dr.Imke Brust is an Assistant Professor of German at Haverford College and Haverford’s Visual Culture and Media fellow for 2018-2019. Her book manuscript ‘Reunification Versus Reconciliation: Challenging the Nation in Post-Wall Germany and Post-Apartheid South Africa’is comparative study of South African and German culture, literature, and film in recent decades. It engages with the national and transnational changes unleashed by the end of apartheid in South Africa and the German reunification. Dr. Brust’s research and teaching interests focus on 20th and 21st German literature and film, nationalism, globalization, European and African Studies. Her scholarly essays also engage issues of gender and race, and investigate the images of, and the tensions between, nation and state in contemporary literature and film. Dr. Brust has presented papers and organized panels at the MLA, GSA, and other international conferences.

Diane Truly & Andreas Nakic

Silvia Wojczewski

Screening of Liebe und Wut (Love and Rage, dir. Jule Ritter, 2015, 52 min.)
followed by Skype discussion with Diane Truly and Andreas Nakic

Diane Truly

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1943. Raised in South Dakota and Minnesota. Went away to college in Boulder, Colorado in 1961. Became pregnant by an Ethiopian man in November, 1961. Gave birth In August, 1962 and gave my son up for adoption through Catholic Charities. Stayed in touch to be sure he was adopted and offered to take him back if no home were found. They lied by claiming he was adopted when he wasn’t. Starting in 1981 searched for my son through search registries, detectives, a visit to Catholic Charities and the internet. Moved to California in 1963 and have worked, lived and raised my other two children here.

Andreas (Andy) Nakic

Born in August, 1962 to Diane Truly and Bekele Wolde Semayat in Denver, Colorado. Adopted in November, 1965 by a German national and a German American. Taken to Germany in 1967. Became a Martial Arts teacher and works with schools to promote
non-violent problem solving. Decided in August, 2013 to search for mother. Promptly found her because she was registered on the internet site searching internationally for my father but have not found him yet.

Moderator: Rosemarie Peña, Rutgers University
Conference Screening of Liebe und Wut (Love and Rage, dir. Jule Ritter, 2015, 52 min.) followed by Skype discussion with Diane Truly and Andreas Nakic

Call for Applications : NEH Summer Institute For College and University Teachers 

Culture in the Cold War: East German Art, Music, and Film


June 17-July 14, 2018

Application deadline: March 1, 2018.

This Institute explores the role of the visual arts, music and film in socialist modernity. Selected topics—censorship and artistic freedom; the role of the state and surveillance; race and gender in art and politics—present compelling historical perspectives on issues being raised in classrooms today, based on the case of East Germany. (NB: German language skills are not required.) Participants receive a stipend of $3,300 to help cover costs, and must be US citizens or have resided in the U.S. since 3/1/15. Email us at for info. —

NEH call for applications with faculty


How people of color experience living in Germany

What is it like to be a black person in Germany? News anchor Jana Pareigis traveled across Germany and met other black people living in the country, including artist Robin Rhode, and rapper Samy Deluxe. READ MORE

Remapping Black Germany

New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics, and Culture
A major contribution to Black-German studies

In 1984 at the Free University of Berlin, the African American poet Audre Lorde asked her Black, German-speaking women students about their identities. The women revealed that they had no common term to describe themselves and had until then lacked a way to identify their shared interests and concerns. Out of Lorde’s seminar emerged both the term “Afro-German” (or “Black German”) and the 1986 publication of the volume that appeared in English translation as Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out. The book launched a movement that has since catalyzed activism and scholarship in Germany.

Remapping Black Germany collects thirteen pieces that consider the wide array of issues facing Black German groups and individuals across turbulent periods, spanning the German colonial period, National Socialism, divided Germany, and the enormous outpouring of Black German creativity after 1986.

In addition to the editor, the contributors include Robert Bernasconi, Tina Campt, Maria I. Diedrich, Maureen Maisha Eggers, Fatima El-Tayeb, Heide Fehrenbach, Dirk Göttsche, Felicitas Jaima, Katja Kinder, Tobias Nagl, Katharina Oguntoye, Peggy Piesche, Christian Rogowski, and Nicola Lauré al-Samarai.