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Beverly Weber is Professor of German Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her 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 hospitality, 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 (Palgrave 2013), examines racist and Islamophobic responses to gender violence in German politics and news media, as well as Muslim women’s challenges to gender violence and racism in literature, art, and popular media. Her co-authored book (with Maria Stehle) entitled Precarious Intimacies: The Politics of Touch in Contemporary European Cinema (Northwestern University Press, 2020), explores intimate friendships and relationships in films about those living extremely precarious lives – particularly refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. She is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Decolonizing Hospitality: Refugee Cultural Production and the Politics of Welcome in Contemporary Germany. She has published widely on racism, gender, Islam, and refugee migration in contemporary Germany, as well as on racism and whiteness in academia.
She serves as an inaugural steering committee member for the collective Diversity and Decolonization in the German Curriculum, and as co-editor for the journal Feminist German Studies.
She received a PhD in Comparative Literature and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; MA degrees in Comparative Literature and German from the Pennsylvania State University; and a BA with majors in English and German from Gustavus Adolphus College.