Networks and Profiles
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.
She currently teaches courses on racisms in Europe after 1970, Holocaust memory, film, and refugee culture. She is writing a book manuscript, Decolonizing Hospitality, on refuge, sanctuary and hospitality in contemporary refugee literature, film, art and activism in Germany. Her first book, Violence and Gender in the “New” Europe: Islam in German Culture, 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 will appear in early 2019; it explores intimate friendships and relationships in films about those living extremely precarious lives – particularly refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.
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.