In episode 144, Stacey interviews Dr. Priscilla Layne about her teaching and research, both of which include the language and literature of immigrant and Black German communities. Priscilla describes how her background influences the way she interacts with and teaches texts and how that might be applicable in language classrooms. She also talks about Black German Afrofuturism and how this genre helps us imagine a new future. Teachers of German will find specific texts, authors, and examples in this episode, but all language teachers will find useful practices and ideas for centering target language users from diverse communities.


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Show Notes

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Dr. Priscilla Layne is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Adjunct Associate Professor in African, African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students in a range of German studies courses in German and English. She has been teaching since 2006, and at the University of North Carolina since 2011. Her book, White Rebels in Black, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2018 and she won the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in fall 2018.

Resources mentioned in the episode…

…Priscilla mentioned the work of her advisor, Deniz Göktürk. Here is her faculty page.

…If you are interested in reading Turkish German works, Priscilla recommends you start with Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Feridun Zaimoğlu

…another recommended author is Philipp Khabo Koepsell

…Priscilla mentioned an archive in Germany where she found artifacts for her course: DOMiD | Dokumentationszentrum und Museum über die Migration in Deutschland

…a resource on Black German: Die Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland Bund (ISD)

…the open-access German textbook that Priscilla mentioned: Grenzenlos Deutsch

…the inclusive textbook that Priscilla mentioned: Impuls Deutsch

…the two short films that Priscilla mentioned are Schwarzfahrer and Kleine Freiheit


A big thank you to Dr. Brenna Byrd (episode 74 ) who helped compile the show notes for this episode!


If you want to cite this episode, our suggested APA reference is:
Johnson, S.M. (Interviewer/Producer). (2020). We Teach Languages Episode 144: Turkish German, Immigrant Authors, and Afrofuturism in Germany with Priscilla Layne [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from





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