Current Members

Rita Chin (Associate Professor, History)

rchin@umich.edu

Rita Chin's research focuses on the multiple effects of the postwar "guest worker" migration on German society and culture. She published The Guest Worker Question in Postwar Germany (Cambridge University Press) in 2007. This book explores the postwar labor migration’s social, cultural, and ideological impacts, both on guest workers and German society at large.

Gottfried Hagen (Associate Professor, Near Eastern Studies)

ghagen@umich.edu

Gottfried Hagen is an Ottomanist who has studied the German-Turkish alliance in World War I, and has also worked extensively on geographical literature and travelogues, including the mutual perceptions of Germans and Turks. His current research focuses on Islam and religious narratives in Ottoman literature.

Joshua Hawkins (Graduate Student, German)

jrchawk@umich.edu

Within the wider context of Minority Literature in Germany, Joshua’s research interests center primarily on the work of Black German Women writers of the late 20th century, and particularly on their Lyrical/Poetic production. His research also focuses heavily on the intercontinental links between Minority writers of Germany and those of the rest of Europe and the US. As such, he is also interested theoretically in discourses of Diaspora and the Black Atlantic.

Kader Konuk (Assoc. Professor, German and Comparative Literature

konuk@umich.edu

Trained as a comparatist in German, Turkish, and English literature, Kader Konuk's research is situated at the disciplinary nexus between literary criticism, cultural studies, and cultural history. Specifically, she investigates the intersections between the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds, beginning with the Ottoman Westernization reforms of the early eighteenth century and continuing on to current debates over Turkey's application to join the European Union. In examining the context for East-West relations-ambassadorial missions, military adventures, travel, migration, and exile, her work analyzes cultural practices like integration, assimilation, and ethnomasquerade (adopting the dress of another culture), practices that often shaped encounters between Western Europeans, Ottomans, and then Turks.

Ariana Orozco (Graduate Student, German)

aorozco@umich.edu

Ariana Orozco is interested in the category of minority literature its applications as well as its limits. She focuses on post-1990 literature. Authors she is interested in include Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Esther Dischereit, Dilek Güngör, and Wladimir Kaminer.

Damani J. Partridge (Asst. Pr. Anthro. & Center for Afro-Am. & African Studies)

djpartri@umich.edu

Damani J. Partridge is an assistant professor of socio-cultural anthropology and African diasporic studies at the University of Michigan. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in music and political science. After spending a year in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar (1995-1996), he then went on to study Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. He has been at the University of Michigan since 2003 where he has published and taught on questions of race, sexuality, citizenship, mobility, post-socialism, europeanization, consumption, power, and displacement. His articles appear in Cultural Anthropology and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, among other venues. Most recently, he has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visiting fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Robin Queen (Assoc. Professor, German and Linguistics)

rqueen@umich.edu

Robin Queen's research focuses on bilingualism among Turkish-German children and young adults, with a specific emphasis on trajectories of contact-induced language change. Recent articles on this issue include: "Intonational in Contact: Evidence from Turkish-German bilinguals" (Language in Society 30:1) and "Language ideology and political economy among Turkish-German bilinguals in Germany." In When languages collide, Brian Joseph, Neil Jacobs et al., eds. (Columbus, OH: OSU Press).

Past Members

Susan Buettner (Graduate Student, German)

Nick Block (Graduate Student, German)

Didem Ekici (Graduate Student, Architecture)

Adile Esen (Graduate Student, German)

Ela Gezen (Graduate Student, German)

Asli Gür (Graduate Student, Sociology)

Ilka Rasch (Graduate Student, German and SAC)

Helga Rom (Graduate Student, German)