Browsing: Books

Published in 1998, British journalist and writer Kodwo Eshun’s book spoke and speaks so eloquently about music and identity(s), drum computers and (non-)human bodies, electronic sound aesthetics and Afrofuturism, forms of world appropriation and worldliness of popular music, that one can easily become dizzy.

A railroad underground, accessible via shafts and separate stations, built to escape racist enslavement – U.S. author Colson Whitehead literarily expands a metaphor that originally describes an informal network of abolitionists into an actual, underground rail connection.

The Bremen-based association Trans Recht e.V. has produced a very informative, beautifully designed publication that is also free of charge. According to the authors, the “Information on Body, Sexuality and Relationship for Young Trans* People” is the most comprehensive publication on this topic in the German-speaking world to date.

The term “Madgermanes” is used in Mozambique to refer to the approximately 15-20,000 people who worked as “contract workers” in the GDR between 1979 and 1991 – and were subsequently deported from the GDR, having been cheated out of most of their wages by Mozambique.

In her autobiographically influenced comic, Marjane Satrapi tells of growing up during the so-called “Islamic Revolution” in Iran in the late 1970s, the Iran-Iraq War, and her early exile in the diaspora in Vienna.

Canadian David. In this graphic novel, H.T. Wong uses the Wong family as an example to tell the story of the first Chinese immigrants to the United States. A story that is marked by resistance to a racist policy of discrimination over the entire narrative period of five generations.

Art Spiegelman tells the story of Auschwitz survivor Wladek in his graphic novel. The character is based on Spiegelmann’s father, and the narrative setting – the father telling his son about the Holocaust and his memories of it – also bears strong autobiographical traits.

In this comic, Vina Yun addresses the story(s) of Korean migration to Vienna in the 1970s, using the example of her family. In different episodes, the lives and everyday experiences of two generations, mother and daughter, are told.

Author, scholar and activist Sara Ahmed resigned from her professorship at Goldsmiths College (University of London) in late 2016, in protest of the institution’s handling of sexual harassment. In her 2017 book, she explores questions of institutional power, personal agency, and feminist practice.

The I.L.A. collective’s publication “At the expense of others?” is about how imperial lifestyles and exploitative structures in the 21st century prevent a good life for all. On the associated website, one chapter of the booklet is made freely available every month.

“Young, Gifted and Black” by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippin, is a book for children that features 52 influential Black people and their accomplishments.