Visiting Fellow 2022
Susana Rocha Teixeira is a postdoctoral researcher and American Studies scholar at the Faculty for Linguistics and Literary Studies/ North American Literature and Culture at Bielefeld University. Her interests lie mainly in US-American literary and cultural studies. She is also interested in forms of artistic or cultural expression such as movies, quality TV, reality TV, and social media, and theoretical and methodological discussions within American (literary and cultural) studies, gender studies, theories of the body, and media studies. In her postdoctoral research project, she explores, amongst others, how during the Harlem Renaissance practices, actors and networks challenged old notions pertaining to the concept, category or tertium “Blackness.” Although the main focus of this work lies on the United States, it also adopts an Inter-American or hemispheric perspective as it is not only interested in the African American cultural and artistic production in the United States in the early twentieth century, but also the entanglements, movements, flows and disparities in the Americas, using the United States of America and Brazil as examples.