University of Bayreuth
Peggy Piesche is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar whose work is centered in Black European Studies. Born and raised in the GDR, she studied in East and West Germany and Russia. She has published on racialized and Black Images (imagery), colonial history and collective memories, and received research grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation for the interdisciplinary research project “Black Europe. History of a Forgotten Continent” (with University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Johann Gutenberg University of Mainz/ 2004-2007), where she co-founded the Center for Black European Studies. BEST was a ground breaking new academic structure focusing on Black Europe and implementing Black European Studies in Transnational Perspective into a German and European academic curriculum.
Piesche taught at the University at Utrecht/ Netherlands and held visiting positions for German, Women’s and African Studies at Vassar College and Hamilton College/NY, USA. Currently working at the Bayreuth University in the Academy for Advanced African Studies she is exploring how Diaspora is re/negotiated through notions of race and digitalized collective identities. Piesche’s areas of research and teaching include Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Translocality, and the Performativity of Memory cultures (Spatiality and Coloniality of Memories). Articles on these subjects have appeared in several journals and edited volumes. Peggy Piesche is also an activist and board member of ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) and the Black community in Germany.