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Dr. Tiffany Florvil wins the 2015 Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture

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Posted: Sep 17, 2015 - 12:00am

Dr. Tiffany Florvil has been awarded the 2015 The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture for her book project, “Making a Movement: A History of Afro-Germans, Emotions, and Belonging.” Her research offers the first detailed account of the Afro-German movement of the 1980s and 1990s. This period was a critical moment that witnessed the reunification of the Germanies; the consolidation of a conservative “Fortress Europe;” and increased xenophobia in unified Germany against actual and alleged “foreigners,” including non-white German citizens, migrants, and asylum seekers. Against this backdrop, Afro-Germans demanded inclusion in Germany while attending to social, political, and cultural differences among themselves. Black Germans are heterogeneous, consisting of approximately eight hundred thousand to half a million individuals with varied backgrounds. They are the descendants of former colonial subjects, African and Asian migrants and refugees, as well as the children of French colonial soldiers from World War I and of African students and African-American GIs from World War II and after. Biracial offspring comprise the largest proportion of Afro-Germans, many of whom grew up with their white family members or in orphanages and had limited or no contact with their Black fathers and relatives.

The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture was established in 2003 to support American academics whose research contributes to the scholarly discourse on contemporary German society and the political, cultural, and social history of Germany. 

The fellowships are in recognition of ACG Vice Chairman Richard M. Hunt, who devoted much of his career as a Harvard University historian to mentoring younger scholars. Dr. Hunt also served as President of the American Council on Germany for 15 years.

The Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship award covers the costs of preapproved international and intercity travel and provides a per diem stipend of $200 for up to 28 days in Germany.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee organized by the American Council on Germany. Applications are evaluated based on: the contribution the project will make to a better understanding of contemporary Germany in historical context; the feasibility of the proposed project; the training of the applicant; and the scholarly potential of the applicant.

Congratulations Dr. Florvil!