Beverly Weber’s research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, gender, and migration in Germany and Europe; comparative studies of racialization; digital activism; contemporary visual cultures; contemporary German literature and culture; and Islam in Europe.  Her interdisciplinary work is informed by transnational feminist cultural studies frameworks, with a current focus on theories of precarity and intimacy; and incorporates analysis of popular media, literature, and film.
Her first book, Violence and Gender in the “New” Europe: Islam in German Culture, examines how current thinking about Islam and gender violence prohibits the intellectual inquiry necessary to act against a range of forms of violence. It then analyzes ways in which Muslim women participate in the public sphere by thematizing violence in literature, art, and popular media.

Her current book project explores the entanglements of racialized histories and European discourses of rights in contemporary discussions of refugees in Germany. She is also working on another project with Maria Stehle examining representations of intimacy and Europeanness in contemporary film.


University of Massachusetts Amherst
PhD, Comparative Literature. May, 2006
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. May, 2006
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Winter 2002 – Summer 2003. (DAAD Research Fellow)
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Fall 1996 – Spring 1999
MA, German: May, 1999; MA, Comparative Literature: May, 1998
Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. 1995 – 1996 (Fulbright/PAD grant recipient)
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1990 – 1994
BA, Spring 1994. Majors: German and English; teaching licensure in German and English: Fall 1994
Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, Winter 1993

Other Publications

Violence and Gender in the ‘New Europe’: Islam in Germany Today

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles / Chapters

Islam and Migration. Forum: Feminism in German Studies. German Quarterly 91(2):211-213 2018 DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gequ.12068
“Christa Wolf’s Trouble with Race.” Christa Wolf. Companions to German Culture. Eds. Sonja Klocke and Jennifer Hosek. DeGruyter, 2018, pp. 163-180.
“Precarious Intimacies: Narratives of Non-Arrival in a Changing Europe.” TRANSIT. A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World, vol. 11, no. 2, 2018. With Maria Stehle.

“The German Refugee “Crisis” after Cologne: The Race of Refugee Rights.” English Language Notes, vol. 54, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2016, pp. 77-92.

“Whiteness, WiG, and Talking about Race.” Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture, vol. 32, no. 1, 2016, pp. 189–202.

“’We Must Talk about Cologne’: Race, Gender, and Reconfigurations of ‘Europe.’” German Politics and Society. 34.4 (Winter 2016): 68–86.

“Kübra Gümü?ay, Muslim Digital Feminism and the Politics of Visuality in Germany.” Feminist Media Studies 15.1 (2016): 101 – 116.

“Precarious Intimacies and Yoko Tawada’s Europe.” Critical Ethnic Studies. 1.2 (2015): 59 – 80.

“Islam, Feminism, and Agency in Germany Today.” Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia. Ed. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 2015. 251-269.

“Gender, Race, Religion? Rethinking Intersectionality.” European Journal of Women’s Studies. 22.1 (2015): 22 – 36. [Online First publication: Sept. 30th, 2014.]

“German Soccer, the 2010 World Cup, and Multicultural Belonging.” German Studies Review 36.1 (2013): 103 – 124. With Maria Stehle.

“From Sex Shacks to Mega-Brothels: The Politics of Anti-Trafficking and the 2006 Soccer World Cup.” European Journal of Cultural Studies 16.2 (2013): 171 – 193. With Kirsten Isgro and Maria Stehle.

“Hijab Martyrdom, Headscarf Debates: Rethinking Violence, Secularism, and Islam in Germany.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 32.1 (2012): 102 – 115.

“Work, Sex, and Socialism: Reading beyond Cultural Hybridity in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn.” German Life and Letters 63:1 (2010): 37 – 53.

“Freedom from Violence, Freedom to Make the World: Muslim Women’s Memoirs, Gendered Violence, and Voices for Change in Germany.” Women in German Yearbook. Eds. Katharina Gerstenberger and Patricia Anne Simpson. Vol. 25. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009. 199-222.

“Beyond the Culture Trap: Teleopoeisis, Immigrant Women and New Subjectivities.” Women in German Yearbook. Vol. 21. Eds. Helga Kraft and Marjorie Gelus. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. 16 – 38

“Cloth on Her Head, Constitution in Hand: Germany’s Headscarf Debates and the Cultural Politics of Difference.” German Politics and Society, 22.3 (2004): 33 – 63.

“A Literature of Theory: Christa Wolf’s Kassandra Lectures as Feminist Anti-Poetics.” German Quarterly74.3 (2001): 259-279. Co-authored with Thomas Beebee.


Feminist Scholar-Activism at the Digital Feminist Collective

co-edited with Carrie Smith, University of Alberta, and Maria Stehle, University of Tennessee Knoxville

This collaborative digital project began as a series of interventions created by by participants of the seminar “Feminist Scholar Activism and the Politics of Affect” at the German Studies Association in Atlanta, 2017. We are a group of interdisciplinary feminist scholars with wide-ranging interests that include environmental studies, critical race studies, Black European studies, and more.

We conceptualize this series as a way to investigate the interplay among feminist theory, academic labor, and affect as activist work. In particular, we interrogate the functioning of affect in feminist scholar-activist practices, while insisting that feminist work is intersectional work, and that gender justice cannot be separated from other fights for social justice. Scholars of color and queer scholars participating in work against racism, homophobia, and other forms of exclusion have been foundational to the work of affect studies. We consider, for example, Sara Ahmed’s work on how feminism relies on the loneliness of being a killjoy, of challenging sites of happiness, while survival as feminist resides in the precarious moments of recognition and connection between similar killjoy activists. Jasbir Puar argues for an interrogation of debility that recognizes affect in the body as site of creative resistance, but also increasing surveillance and regulation. In our work, we emphasize feminist scholar-activism as intersectional practice, highlight the diversity of feminist practice, and consider how homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusionary violence inform feminist scholar-activism and the politics of affect.

The publications on this website follow three genresFeminist PracticesCollaborative Research Keywords, and Thematic Disruptions. Our publications undergo editorial review by the seminar organizers with input from members of the seminar. Our work will be published from January to June, 2018.


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