Priscilla Layne

Priscilla Layne

Associate Professor of German

Office location

Dey Hall 424

Priscilla Layne’s (Ph.D. 2011, University of California, Berkeley) research and teaching draws on postcolonial studies, gender studies and critical race theory to address topics like representations of Blackness in literature and film, rebellion, and the concept of the Other in science fiction/fantasy.  In addition to her work on representations of Blackness in German culture, she has also published essays on Turkish German culture, translation, punk and film. She is the author of White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of African American Culture (University of Michigan Press, 2018). Her current book project is on Afro-German Afrofuturism. Layne also holds an adjunct appointment in African, African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the Vice President of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Select Recent Publications

“Racialisation in Contemporary German Theatre.” Co-authored with Lizzie Stewart. The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Race. Eds. Tiziana Morosetti and Osita Okagbue. Cham, Switzerland: 

 Palgrave, 2021. 39–60.

Halbstarke and Rowdys: Consumerism, Youth Rebellion, and Gender in the Postwar Cinema of the Two Germanys.” Central European History 53 (2020): 432-452.

"The Collective Responsibility of Colonialism: Postcolonial Fantasies in Christof Hamann's Usambara (2007)." After the Imperialist Imagination: Two Decades of Research on Global Germany and Its Legacies. Eds. Sara Pugach, David Pizzo and Adam Blackler. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020. 

“Using Black German Studies to Dissect Race in the American Classroom,” Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 Education. Eds. Kia Lily Caldwell and Emily Chavez. New York: Peter Lang, 2020. 97-110.

“Decolonizing German Studies While Dissecting Race in the American Classroom.” Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies. Eds. Regine Criser and Ervin Malakaj. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 83-100. 

  • Critical Race Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Music and Sound
  • Turkish German and Afro German
  • Gender Studies
  • Film, Media and Visual Studies
  • GDR
  • Twentieth Century
  • Twenty First Century
  • Theater & Performance Studies
Curriculum Vitae
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