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Tiffany N. Florvil
University of South Carolina, Columbia
My dissertation is a cultural history of the interplay of emotions, social activism, transnational feminism, and the African diaspora in Germany. Entitled “Writing Across Differences: Afro-Germans, Gender, and Diaspora, 1970s-1990s,” my dissertation demonstrates how Afro-Germans mobilized to contest what were muted but no less real practices of everyday othering in post-Holocaust Germany. My dissertation examines the writings, institutions, relationships, and gendered complexities that emerged as Afro-German intellectuals and activists organized to gain recognition in German society. Although Afro-Germans constituted a small and diverse population, their drive to create a hyphenated identity and challenge conventional understandings of Germanness provides novel insights into the meanings of race, gender, and sexuality in postwar Europe. Building upon scholars of feminist politics and emotion, my dissertation also stresses the significance of affective and social bonds within a complex movement devoted to community building, diasporic activism, and intellectual growth.
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|Interests:||African American History / Studies
Black History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
Ethnic History / Studies
European History / Studies
German History / Studies
Nationalism History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Tiffany Florvil is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on Modern Germany, African diaspora studies, and the intersection of race, emotions, gender, sexuality, and class in postwar Europe. Her dissertation is “Writing Across Differences: Afro-Germans, Gender, and Diaspora, 1970s-1990s." She received her MA in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Women’s, Gender, and European History and a BA in History and German Literature at Florida State University in 2003. She has presented at The Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA), the German Studies Association (GSA), and the Black German Cultural Society. Her work has been supported by the DAAD, a Ceny Walker Graduate Research Fellowship from the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, a Becht Dissertation Fellowship, a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, and a travel grant from the Graduate School at the University of South Carolina. She has written reviews for the "Journal of Social History" (forthcoming) and "Afro-Asia" (forthcoming).