Who we are

Founded in 2014, the Black Central European Studies Network (BCESN) is a network of historians spread across four different time zones and located on two different continents.


MANAGING EDITOR AND CHIEF CONTRIBUTOR

Jeff Bowersox
Jeff is a Lecturer in German History in the School of European Languages, Culture & Society at University College London, UK. His research and teaching interests include colonialism, the Black Diaspora in Germany, race and popular culture in the 19th century, and the history of toys.


CONTRIBUTORS AND ADVISORS

Robbie Aitken
Robbie is a Reader in History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His research and teaching interests include the history of the Black Diaspora in Germany, European colonialism, and constructions of race in pre-1945 Europe.

Julia Alcamo
Julia, both the indispensable Research Assistant for Black Central Europe and a contributor, studies at the Arts University Bournemouth, where she is pursuing an MA in Film Production. A graduate of King’s College London, Julia has previously worked as a research assistant on the German Historical Institute-London’s Things We Keep exhibition and has been a curatorial and archival intern at the Ben Uri Gallery in London. She has also worked as a writer for the website Mouthlondon and has written for Jewish Quarterly.

Tiffany Florvil
Tiffany is an Assistant Professor of 20th-Century European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico, USA, where she specializes in the histories of post-1945 Germany, the African diaspora, gender and sexuality, and emotions. She is the Co-Chair of the Black Diaspora Studies Network at the German Studies Association, the Network Editor for H-Emotions, an Advisory Board Member and a Network Editor for H-Black Europe, and a Network Member of the Young Scholars Network Black Diaspora and Germany. She is currently working on her manuscript which analyzes the Black German movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

Marina Jones
Marina is Faculty-in-Residence at the Max Kade House and German Lecturer in the Department of German Language and Literatures at Oberlin College, USA. Her teaching and research interests include African Diaspora Studies (particularly Afro-German Studies), Migrant Literature, Modern European History, Women’s and Gender History, Film History, Foreign Languages, and Translation.

Philipp Khabo Koepsell
Philipp is a Berlin-based poet, playwright, novelist, musician, and performance artist. Crossing traditional lines of medium and genre, he works to promote a future-oriented, proactive vision of  Afro-European culture. His work deals with the themes of Black identities, Afrofuturism, colonialism, and empowerment.

Kristin Kopp
Kristin is an Associate Professor of German Studies and Affiliated Faculty in Black Studies at the University of Missouri, USA. Her research and teaching interests include colonialism and postcolonialism in Central Europe and the history of the Black diaspora in Germany and Austria.

Kira Thurman
Kira is an Assistant Professor of German and History at the University of Michigan, USA. Her research focuses on the relationship between music, race, and national identity in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is currently writing her first book on the history of black musicians in Germany and Austria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is an Advisory Board Member and a Network Editor for H-Black Europe.


We would also like to give special thanks to Rudolf Amman for help setting up the website and to the University of Michigan’s library staff–especially Justin Joque and Mara Blake. We also thank the University of Southern Missisippi, the UCL Arena Centre, and UCL Global Engagement for generous financial support at various stages of our work.

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