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


Precarious Intimacies: The Politics of Touch in Contemporary European Cinema. Northwestern University Press, 2020. With Maria Stehle. Forthcoming.

Violence and Gender in the “New” Europe: Islam in Germany Today. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles / Book Chapters

“From Feminist Collaborations to Collectives.” Feminist German Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, 2020. With Carrie Smith and Maria Stehle. Forthcoming.

“Intersectionality and Refugee Justice: Feminist Approaches to Insecurity and Precarity.” The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies. Eds S. A. Hamed Hosseini, Barry K. Gills, James Goodman, and Sara Motta. Routledge, 2020. Forthcoming.

“Gifts of Welcome: Precarity, Intimacy, and the Gift in Die Farbe des Ozeans (Peren, 2011) and Welcome (Lioret, 2009).” Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook, edited by Temenuga Trifonova, vol. 18, 2020: pp. 69-83. Forthcoming. With Maria Stehle.

“Islamophobia East-West and the Politics of Hospitality in Contemporary Germany.” Journal of Contemporary European Studies, published online August 2019, print publication forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1080/14782804.2019.1651700

“Refugees and Islam: Representing Race, Rights, Cohabitation.” Journalism, Gender and Power. Eds. Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner and Stuart Allan. Routledge, 2019: pp. 205-220.

“Introduction: Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit.” Seminar, A Journal of Germanic Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2018: pp. 411 – 417. With Gabi Kathöfer. https://doi.org/10.3138/seminar.54.4.001

“Precarious Intimacies: Politics and Solidarities in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn.” Gegenwartsliteratur: A German Studies Yearbook, vol. 17, 2018: pp. 115-133.

“Islam and Migration.” Forum: Feminism and German Studies. The German Quarterly, vol. 91, no 2, 2018: pp. 211-213. 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. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110496000-01

“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. http://transit.berkeley.edu/2018/stehle-weber/ . With Maria Stehle.

“The German Refugee ‘Crisis’ after Cologne: The Race of Refugee Rights.” English Language Notes, vol. 54, no. 2, Fall/Winter 2016 (published summer 2017), pp. 77-92. https://doi.org/10.1215/00138282-54.2.77

“‘We Must Talk about Cologne’: Race, Gender, and Reconfigurations of ‘Europe.’” German Politics and Society, vol. 34, no. 4, Dec. 2016, pp. 68–86. https://doi.org/10.3167/gps.2016.340405

“Whiteness, WiG, and Talking about Race.” Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture, vol. 32, no. 1, 2016, pp. 189–202. https://doi.org/10.5250/womgeryearbook.32.2016.0189

“Kübra Gümüşay, Muslim Digital Feminism and the Politics of Visuality in Germany.” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 16, no. 1, 2016, pp. 101–116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2015.1093123
    Reprinted in: Digital Feminisms. Transnational Activism in German Protest Cultures, edited by Christina Scharff, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Maria Stehle, Routledge, 2017. https://www.routledge.com/Digital-Feminisms-Transnational-activism-in-German-protest-cultures/Scharff-Smith-Prei-Stehle/p/book/9781138223011
“Islam, Feminism, and Agency in Germany Today.” Contesting Feminisms: Gender and Islam in Asia, edited by Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, SUNY Press, 2015, pp. 251–269.
    Paperback 2016
“Precarious Intimacies: Yoko Tawada’s Europe.” Journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, vol. 1, no. 2, 2015, pp. 59–80. https://doi.org/10.5749/jcritethnstud.1.2.0059
“Gender, Race, Religion, Faith? Rethinking Intersectionality in German Feminisms.” European Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, Feb. 2015, pp. 101-116. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506814552084
“German Soccer, the 2010 World Cup, and Multicultural Belonging.” German Studies Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013, pp. 103–124. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/501308 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, Dec. 2012, pp. 171-193. With Kirsten Isgro and Maria Stehle. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549412467175
“Hijab Martyrdom, Headscarf Debates: Rethinking Violence, Secularism, and Islam in Germany.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, vol. 32, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 102–115. https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-1545399
“Work, Sex, and Socialism: Reading Beyond Cultural Hybridity in Emine Sevgi Özdamar’s Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn.” German Life and Letters, vol. 63, no. 1, 2010, pp. 37–53. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0483.2009.01481.x
“Freedom from Violence, Freedom to Make the World:  Muslim Women’s Memoirs, Gendered Violence, and Voices for Change in Germany.” Women in German Yearbook, edited by Patricia Simpson, vol. 25, University of Nebraska Press, 2009, pp. 199–222.
“Beyond the Culture Trap: Immigrant Women in Germany, Planet-Talk, and a Politics of Listening.” Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture, edited by Helga Kraft and Marjorie Gelus, vol. 21, 2005, pp. 16–38.
“Cloth on Her Head, Constitution in Hand: Germany’s Headscarf Debates and the Cultural Politics of Difference.” German Politics and Society, vol. 22, no. 3, 2004, pp. 33–63.
“A Literature of Theory: Christa Wolf’s Kassandra Lectures as Feminist Anti-Poetics.” The German Quarterly, vol. 74, no. 3, Summer 2001, pp. 259–279. With Thomas. O. Beebee.

Peer Reviewed Interview
“Heimat, Sustainability, Community: A Conversation with Karina Griffith and Peggy Piesche.” Seminar, A Journal of Germanic Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2018: pp. 418 – 427. With Gabi Kathöfer. https://doi.org/10.3138/seminar.54.4.002

Published Book Reviews
Rev. of Mystical Islam and Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary German Literature: Openness to Alterity, by Joseph Twist. Gegenwartsliteratur: A German Studies Yearbook, vol. 18, 2019, pp. 374-376.
Rev. of Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature, edited by Elisabeth Hermann, Carrie Smith-Prei, and Stuart Taberner. German Studies Review, vol. 40, no. 3, 2017, pp. 707-709.
Rev. of In Permanent Crisis, by Ipek Celik. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, 2017, pp. 609-611.
Rev. of Turkish Berlin. Integration Policy and Urban Space, by Annika Marlen Hinze. Seminar 51.4 (2015): 416-48.
“Rethinking Islam and Masculinity in Germany.”  Rev. of Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin, by Katherine Pratt Ewing.  H-German, H-Net Reviews.  February, 2010. Web. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=29577
Rev. of Novels of Turkish German Settlement: Cosmopolite Fictions, by Tom Cheesman.  Monatshefte, vol. 101, no. 1, 2009, pp. 137 – 139.
“Revealed by the Veil: Understanding France’s Headscarf Debates.”  Rev. of The Politics of the Veil, by Joan Scott. H-German, H-Net Reviews.  April, 2008. http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=14464

Editorial Work
Co-Editor, Feminist Scholar-Activism at the Digital Feminist Collective. With Carrie Smith and Maria Stehle.
Co-Editor, “Precarity/Heimatlosigkeit.” Seminar, A Journal of Germanic Studies, vol. 54, no. 4, 2018. With Gabi Kathöfer.

Public Scholarship
“Disability and Decolonizing Time/Knowledge on the Tenure Clock.” Just Futures at the Digital Feminist Collective. 06 May 2019. Blog post. https://digitalfeministcollective.net/index.php/2019/05/06/disability-and-decolonizing-time-knowledge-on-the-tenure-clock/
“Refugees: Sanctuary, Hospitality and Solidarity,” Carbondale Branch Library, Carbondale, Colorado,  October 2018. Lecture.
“Empathy.” Feminist Scholar-Activism at the Digital Feminist Collective. 02 July 2018. Blog post. https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/feminism/index.php/2018/07/02/empathy/
“Elfriede Jelinek.” Nobel Prize Series, Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado, April 2018. Lecture and Reading.
“Citation as Feminist Practice.” Feminist Scholar-Activism at the Digital Feminist Collective. 13 January 2018. Blog post.  https://www.artsrn.ualberta.ca/feminism/index.php/2018/01/13/the-politics-of-citation/
“Herta Müller.” Nobel Prize Series, Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado, April 2017. Lecture and Reading.
Islam in Germany Today.” Golden West Retirement Center, 2012. Lecture.
“Media Coverage of Marwa El-Sherbini.” Muslimah Media Watch. 27 July 2010. Blog post. http://www.muslimahmediawatch.org/2010/07/27/playing-the-victim-media-coverage-of-marwa-el-sherbini/



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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