Dr. Selamawit D. Terrefe (Wiss. Mitarbeiterin)

Comparative Black Literary and Cultural Studies

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Werdegang ‒ Curriculum Vitae

Selamawit (Sally) has recently completed her PhD in English at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently working on a monograph for publication wherein she deploys psychoanalytic interventions centering on anti-Black violence to generate alternative paradigms of thought on Black intramural relations, theories of violence, and how we conceive of race, sex/gender, and revolutionary politics. As part of her research into comparative Black studies, her interests include:

  • African and African diasporic literature and visual culture
  • Black feminisms
  • Continental philosophy
  • Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Radical and Revolutionary political movements
  • Theories of violence
  • Trauma studies

Selamawit’s current research projects include reconceptualizing the work of Black women writers in the late 20th century US and Caribbean to argue that critical attention to these texts functioned via a black ‘respectability politic’ to undermine Black radical theory and praxis. In addition, she is working on another project that analyzes the ontics of Black Maritime wherein she theories African ‘piracy’ in the Indian Ocean and contemporary African migration to Europe through the libidinal and political economies of slavery.