Prof. Dr. phil. Sabine Broeck

American Cultural Studies /American Literatures and Cultures/ Black Diaspora /Gender
BüroGW 2, A 3670
Telefon0421 218-68130
Sprechzeitennach Vereinbarung
SekretariatGeisler, Jana
GW 2, A 3700 | 0421 218-68054
FOREX Forschungs- und Expertendatenbank

Werdegang ‒ Curriculum Vitae

  • taught in English and African-American Studies at the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1983/1984
  • received her Ph.D. from Frankfurt University; her dissertation was published under the title Der entkolonisierte Koerper. Die Protagonistin in der afroamerikanischen weiblichen Erzähltradition der 30 bis 80er Jahre with Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York 1988
  • American Council of Learned Societies-Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990/1991
  • completed her "Habilitation" at the Humboldt University zu Berlin in 1997, published as White Amnesia - Black Memory? Women's Writing and History (Lang, Frankfurt/New York 1999)
  • was appointed Professor of American Studies at University of Bremen in 1999
  • acted as Vice President for International Relations for the University of Bremen from 2000 - 2005
  • President of international Collegium for African-American Research (CAAR) from 2007 - 2015
  • Chairwoman of "Studienkommission" English-Speaking Cultures WS 2007 - SS 2009


Focus on:

  • African-American Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Americanization
  • Text as Culture/Culture as Text
  • Theories of Postcolonial Studies and Decolonial Humanities


  • Gender, Race and the Constitution of Transatlantic Modernity
  • The Black Diaspora in Transatlantic Contexts
  • The African-American Civil Rights Movement in/and Europe 
  • Intersectionality
  • Subversive Americanization
  • De-Colonial Humanities


Monographien/ Monographs

Gender and Anti-Blackness (new preliminary title), manuscript in progress, contracted with State University of New York Press

White Amnesia – Black Memory? Women's Writing and History. Frankfurt a. M., New York: Lang, 1999. 

Der entkolonisierte Körper. Die Protagonistin in der afro-amerikanischen weiblichen Erzähltradition der 30er bis 80er Jahre.
Frankfurt a. M.: Campus, 1988.


Black Women‘s Writing Revisited,
special issue Gender Forum 22 (2008), (,


Mitherausgeberin/ Co-Editor  

Broeck, Sabine und Stella Bolaki, eds.: Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies, University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming 2015

Broeck, Sabine und Jason Ambroise, eds.: Black Knowledges, Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2015

Broeck, Sabine und Carsten Junker, eds.: Postcoloniality – Decoloniality – Black Critique: Joints and Fissures, Frankfurt: Campus, 2014

Bach, Gerhard, Sabine Broeck und Ulf Schulenberg, eds.
Americanization – Globalization – Education. American Studies – A Monograph Series Vol. 107, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2003

Boi, Paola und Sabine Broeck, eds.
CrossRoutes – The Meanings of 'Race' for the 21st Century. Reihe: FORECAAST. Bd. 9., Münster: LIT Verlag, 2003

Lenz, Günter H., Hartmut Keil und Sabine Bröck-Sallah, eds.
Reconstructing American Literary and Historical Studies. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1990

Artikel, Beiträge/ Essays, Contributions

“Internationalizing African-American Studies, too! “, Jane Desmond, Virginia Dominguez, eds., America in the World, accepted for publication

“In the Presence of Racism.
Response to Heike Paul.“, Hubert Zapf, Eric Redling, Sabine Sielke und Winfried Fluck, eds., American Studies Today: Recent Developments and New Perspectives, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2014, 289-295

Broeck, Sabine und Alice Schmidt: "Interview with Artist Lubaina Himid," in Jessica Hemmings, ed., Cultural Threads, Bloomsbury: 2014, 190-205

"Legacies of Enslavism and White Abjectorship” Sabine Broeck und Carsten Junker eds., Coloniality – Postcoloniality – Black Critique.
Joints and Fissures. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2014, 109-128

“Commentary (In Response to Michel Feith)” Black Studies Papers 1.1, 2014, 25-28

"The Challenge of Black Feminist Desire: Abolish Property." in: Jean-Paul Rocchi and Monica Michelin eds., Black Intersectionalities. A Critique for the 21st Century. FORECAAST – Forum for European Contributions to African American Studies, vol. 23. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013, 211–24.

“Lessons for A-Disciplinarity: Some Notes on What Happens to an Americanist When She Takes Slavery Seriously“, Jana Gohrisch und Ellen Grünkemeier, eds,
Erogene Gefahrenzonen. Aktuelle Produktionen des (infantilen) Sexuellen, Berlin: Kadmos, 2013, 139-154

„One More Trip to the Quarters: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Revisited with Toni Morrison“, Madina Tlostanova, ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 102-116.  

“Versklavung, Schwarze Kritik und die Epistemologie der Gender Studies“, Annika McPherson und Sylvia Pritsch, eds., African-American Literature from the 1950s to the 1970s,” Maryemma Graham, Jerry Ward, eds., Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2006, 105-112

"Trauma, Agency, Kitsch and the Excesses of the Real: Hamburg: LIT Verlag: 2005, 95-109

"Never Shall We Jahrhunderts." Dagmar Abendroth-Timmer, Britta Viebrock und Michael Wendt,eds., Band 2 Opladen: Leske+Budrich, 2003, 307-323

"Traveling Memory: The Middle Passage in GermanRepresentation. The osition aufgeben? Insa Härtel, Sigrid Schade eds., Bde. 6 & 7 Opladen: Leske + Budrich, 2002, 89-99

"When Light becomes White: Reading Enlightenment through Jamaica Kincaid's Writing.""Am Ende der Weis(s)heit?" Anne Koenen, Catrin Gersdorf, eds.,81f., 449f., 518f.  

"Postmodern Mediations and Beloved's Testimony: Memory Is Not Innocent". , 43.1, 1998, 33-49

"Harlem Renaissance", "Literary Criticism" und "Little Magazines". Rüdiger Wersich, ed., A Trace of Body Writing.Paris: Cetanla, 1993, 133-138

Reprint: Claudine Raynaud, ed., 37, 1993A Splintered Reading."

Postcolonial Studies across the Disciplines? Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013, 349-357.

“Die Lust an der Nicht-Beziehung: Versklavung und weiße Macht“, Insa Haertel, ed.
Philological Sciences, Moskau, 2013, 94-103

“The Legacy of Slavery: White Humanities and its Subject. A Manifesto“, Jose Barreto, ed. Human Rights from a Third World Perspective: Critique, History and International Law, Newcastle.
Wanderungen. Migrationen und Transformationen aus geschlechterwissenschaftlichen Perspektiven, Bielefeld: transcript, 2013, 51-71

“Für eine dekoloniale Praxis der Humanities – gegen die neoliberale Universität“, Claudia Brunner und Josephine Scherling, eds., Bildung – Menschenrechte – Universität, Klagenfurt: Drava, 2012, 289-305

“Dekoloniale Entbindung. Walter Mignolos Kritik an der Matrix der Kolonialität”, Julia Reuter und Alexandra Karentzos eds., Schlüsselwerke der Postcolonial Studies, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2012, 165-175

“Re-reading de Beauvoir after Race: Woman-as-slave Revisited”, International Journal of Francophone Studies, 14:1 & 2, 2011, 167-184

Towards Decolonial and Transcultural Humanities”, in Renee Diedrich, Daniel Smilovski und Ansgar Nünning eds., Lost and Found in Translation, Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2011, 73-82

“Aufklaerung”, Susan Arndt und Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard eds., Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht: K/erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache, Berlin: Unrast, 2011, 232-241

“Writing Across Borders and Boundaries.
Cambridge History of African American Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011, 356-376

“The Erotics of African-American Endurance, Or: On the Right Side of History? White (West)-German Public Sentiment between Pornotroping and Civil Rights Solidarity,” Larry Greene und Anke Ortlepp eds., Germans and African Americans. Two Centuries of Exchange, Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2011, 126-140

“Grounds of Whiteness: White Male Claims to Authenticity”, Ulla Haselstein, Mary Snyder-Körber and Andrew Gross, eds., The Pathos of Authenticity: American Passions of the Real, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2010, 151-162

“Textual and Visual Repertoires of Trauma“, Birgit Haehnel and Melanie Ulz, eds. Slavery in Art and Literature. Approaches to Trauma, Memory and Visuality., Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2009, 285 – 301

“The Ancestor as Subtext”, Transatlantica. Revue d”Etudes Americaines. 1(2009), e-publication:, 2-6

“Global Gourmets: Food Writing and Its Fancies of Transculturation,” Wilfried Raussert, Rainer Isensee, eds. Transatlantic American Studies. Transcultural Visions of Identities in Images and Texts, Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2008, 155–167

“Enslavement as Regime of Western Modernity: Re-Reading Gender Studies Epistemology Through Black Feminist Critique”, Sabine Broeck, ed., special issue Gender Forum 22 (2008),

“American Studies in Germany (West) Between the Cold War Period and the Early 21st Century - Reminiscences of a Participant Observer. An Interview with Berndt Ostendorf“, Comparative American Studies 6.2, 2008, 1-12

“Blackness and Sexualities in the Interracial Diaspora”, Michelle Wright, Antje Schuhmann, eds., Blackness and Sexualities, Münster: Lit Verlag, 2007, 95-106

“White Fatigue: Or: Supplementary Notes on Hybridity”, Jopi Nyman, ed., Reconstructing Hybridity, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007, 43-58

“Das Subjekt der Aufklärung – Sklaverei – Gender Studies: Zu einer notwendigen Relektüre der Moderne„, Gabriele Dietze, Sabine Hark, eds., Gender kontrovers. Königstein: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2006, 152-180

“Property: White Gender and Slavery,” Rac(e)ing Questions III, genderforum 14(2006) 

“Gender Trouble in the Deep South: Women, Race and Slavery,” Objet Identité: Epistemologie et Transversalité, special issue Cahiers Charles V, 40, 2006, 115-134

“Der Neger Jupiter raubt Europa“, Wolfgang Emmerich, Eva Kammler, eds., Literatur Psychoanalyse Gender. Bremen: Edition Lumière, 2006, 85-102

The Subject of Enlightenment: Notations Towards an Epistemology of Slavery, Gender and Modernity,” Martina Tissberger et. al. eds., Weiß-Weißsein-Whiteness.
Kritische Studien zu Gender und Rassismus. Critical Studies on Gender and Racism.Beloved Within the Field of Critical Response," Joself Jarab, Marcel Arbeit, Jenel Virden, eds., America in the Course of Human Events, Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2006, 201-215

“Nie sollen wir Sklaven sein…”, Hans Jörg Sandkühler, ed., Sklaven – Menschen – Rechte, Schriftenreihe der deutschen Abteilung des europäischen UNESCO-Lehrstuhls für Philosophie, 2005, 23-37

"Zeugenschaft, Trauma und Kitsch in der Rezeption des Romans Beloved." Bettina Hoenes, ed. Gender Memory. Repräsentationen von Gedächtnis, Erinnerung und Geschlecht. Sonderband: Frauen Kunst Wissenschaft, Berlin: Argument Verlag, 2005, 80-87

Mit der Autorin lesen oder mit dem Text? Zeugenschaft, Trauma und Kitsch in der Rezeption des Romans 'Beloved’ “ Natascha Ueckmann, Christiane Solte-Gresser und Karen Struve eds., Von der Wirklichkeit zur Wissenschaft. Aktuelle Forschungsmethoden in den Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften.
Be Slaves: Locke' s Treatises, Slavery, and Early European Modernity." Heike Raphael-Hernandez, ed., Blackening Europe. The African American Presence.  New York, London: Routledge, 2004, 235-249

"Slavery, Race and Postcolonial Love: The Swiss Novel 'Die Mohrin' ", Gisela Engel, Katja Kailer, eds., Kolonisierungen und Kolonisationen. Berlin: trafo verlag, 2004, 63-73

"Slave Trade, Diaspora and Modernity." Diaspora: Movement, Memory, Politics and Identity 14, The Clarke Center Contemporary Issue Series, 2003, 13-20

"Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter: Der markierte Körper in der ‘romance’ des 19.
Text, Kontext und Fremdsprachenunterricht. Festschrift für Gerhard Bach, Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2003, 43-52

"Zwischen Disziplinarität und Spektakel: Anmerkungen zur Entwicklung der Cultural Studies im amerikanistischen Kontext" Kathrin Heinz, Barbara Thiessen eds., Feministische Forschung – Nachhaltige Einsprüche, Studien interdisziplinärer Geschlechterforschung.
Massachusetts Review, 44.1/2, 2003, 157-166

"Will White Feminism Surrender the Default Position? Gender Studies and Whiteness / Wird der weiße Feminismus seine "Default"-P
Body and Representation / Körper und Repräsentation. Schriften der Internationalen Frauenuniversität – Technik und Kultur. Callaloo, 25.3 (2002), 821-843

"The Urgency of Petunias: Womanism as Cultural Intervention." Jürgen Heideking, Jörg Helbig und Anke Ortlepp, eds., The Sixties Revisited: Culture - Society - Politics. Heidelberg: Winter, 2001. 399-412

Geschlechterdifferenz und Amerikastudien in Deutschland. Analysen und Interpretationen. Leipzig: Universitätsverlag, 1999. 15-24

"Harriet Beecher Stowe", "Adrienne Rich" und "Toni Cade Bambara". Renate Hof, Renate, Inge Stephan, Flora Veit-Wild und Ute Hechtfischer, eds.,  Metzler Autorinnen Lexikon., Stuttgart: Metzler, 1998.
Eds Möckel-Rieke, Hannah und Randi Gunzenhäuser. Amerikastudien. American StudiesUS-Lexikon: Schlüsselbegriffe zu Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft, Kultur, Geschichte und zu den deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen, Berlin: E. Schmidt, 1996. 337-339, 437-439, 439-441

“Seit 20 Jahren am Anfang. Women’s Studies in der Bundesrepublik“, Konkret „Politik Hochschule“, 02.06, 1995, 6-8 (with Tobe Levin)    

" Geneviève Fabre, Geneviève, Claudine Raynaud, eds., Beloved, She' s Mine. Voix Ethniques. Eds. Groupes de Recherches Anglo-Américaines de l'Université Rabelais de Tours, Tours: GAAT, 1995, 125-130

"Was will die Frau?
'Melanctha' in den Diskursen zur Natur des Weibs". Amerikastudien. American Studies, , 505-516

"Plots to a Happy Ending. Re-Reading Closure" Alice Parker, Elisabeth Meese, eds., Feminist Critical Negotiations. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1992, 59-81

"Women Writing: Plotting Against History". Günter H. Lenz, Hartmut Keil und Sabine Bröck-Sallah, eds. Reconstructing American Literary and Historical Studies. Frankfurt a. M.: Campus, 1990, 225-237

"Meridian. Desire develops an Edge.
Englisch-Amerikanische Studien 1, 1987, 43-61

"Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Any More: Toni Morrison als Repräsentantin Afroamerikanischer Erzählerinnen" Annegret Pelz et al.
Eds, Frauen Literatur Politik, Hamburg: Argument, 1988, 180-188

"Transcending the 'Loophole of Retreat' – Paule Marshall's Placing of Female Generations." Callaloo 30, 1987, 79-90

"Alice Walker in Search of Zora Neale Hurston: Rediscovering a Black Female Literary Tradition." Günter H. Lenz ed., History and Tradition in Afro-American Culture. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 1984, 167-180 (mit Anne Koenen)

"Talk as a Form of Action: An Interview with Paule Marshall." Günter H. Lenz, ed., History and Tradition in Afro-American Culture.
Frankfurt a. M.: Campus, 1984, 194-206

For more information about activities and publications click on FOREX Forschungs- und Expertendatenbank.