German 112: Race, Migration, and Identity in German Letters, Visual Arts, and Film

Instructor: Maite Zubiaurre

This undergraduate seminar explores how race and migration shape the identity of modern and contemporary Germany and its cultural representations. With the help of a series of representative works in literature, visual arts, and film, it takes a close look at Germany’s colonial past; at Afro German identity and culture during and after the Third Reich; at the “Gastarbeiter” or guest worker influx and Turkish migration during the sixties and seventies; at ethnic Germans and “Spätaussiedler;” and at contemporary migration and the refugee movement under Angela Merkel. Taught in English.