Maria Grewe (John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY)
Maya Nitis (Johns Hopkins University)
This roundtable also examines what it means to teach German studies at Minority Serving Institutions (such as HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, AAPISIs) in keeping with the unique missions and programming of these institutions of higher education. German studies, when presented and practiced as unmarked whiteness in the cannon, curricula, and programs, and where diversity is peripheral, reproduces existing power structures and excludes the voices and experiences of our students. This lack of representation and identification leads to underrepresentation of Students of Color in German studies. Drawing on the rich work of scholars and activists to decolonize and diversify German studies, this roundtable seeks to further develop ways to not only facilitate an increased interest in German studies at MSIs, but to mobilize BIPOC students as agents in investigating and critically reflecting on their own positionalities as well as in dismantling white, colonial and ethnonationalist power structures in a transnational context.