300978_10151051578877344_728002230_nDear friends and colleagues,

Thanks to all who have inquired about the dates and location for the 2014 Black German Convention. After three consecutive years of very successful conferences, we have decided to move this year to a biennial convention schedule. In keeping with this decision, we will not be hosting a convention in 2014 and will reconvene in August 2015. Like other conferences with similar meeting structures, we feel this is both the most efficient way of distributing the tremendous amount of work that our small group of organizers put into the conference, as well as a very effective way of sustaining our momentum for the future.

Our hope is that during the ‘off years’ of the conference, a space will be created for other types of less formal activities for the Black German community in the US, and we encourage those interested in such events to please be in touch with us via our email at . We also welcome the interest of institutional partners who would be willing to host future conventions.

We appreciate the support each of you has given us over the past few years and we look forward to an equally vibrant conference in 2015.


BGHRA Convention 2013 Videos Now Online!

video-1316552018We are profoundly grateful to Amherst College for providing us with these fabulous videos of the Black German Heritage and Research Association’s third annual convention: Black Germans in Diaspora.

We are certain that you will enjoy them and for those who were unable to be with us this year, we hope that they will inspire you to join us in 2014.



Position Available at UMASS Amherst

Position Description: Tenure-Track Position Program in German and Scandinavian Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Uma_seal-2The Program in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in German and in English (2/2 load). The effective starting date is September 1, 2015. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Requirements: PhD in hand by August 2015, native or near-native fluency in German and English, demonstrated excellence in teaching, outstanding scholarly potential or record, strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and professional engagement. We welcome applicants with any research specialization in German Studies but especially encourage those whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of literary and cultural theory, gender studies/Queer theory, literature of the Enlightenment and Romantic eras, and drama/performance studies.

Salary commensurate with qualifications.

To apply submit the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples no greater than 40 pages in length(as PDF) and the names and e-mail contact information for three references to the link below:


Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of December 1, 2014, in order to ensure consideration.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualification of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.



BIGSAS Literaturfestival 2014 in Bayreuth



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