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Dr Henriette Gunkel

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PositionLecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email h.gunkel (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 2300
Dr Henriette Gunkel

Henriette Gunkel joined the department of Visual Cultures in 2014. She is the author of The Cultural Politics of Female Sexuality in South Africa (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of Undutiful Daughters. New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice (Palgrave 2012), What Can A Body Do? (Campus, 2010) and Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme (Brinkman &  Bose, 2013). She currently works on a monograph on Africanist Science Fictional interventions and on three co-written/co-edited volumes: Futures & Fictions (Repeater, forthcoming 2017), Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Sternberg Press, forthcoming 2016) and We Travel the Space Ways: Black Imagination, Fragments and Diffractions (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Academic qualifications

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, both at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. 08/2013–08/2014
  • Visiting Scholar at the Tisch School of Arts, NYU, New York. 09/2013–11/2013.
  • Substitute for the Professorship in Anglophone and African Literature and Associate Researcher, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, both at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. 04/2013–07/2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bayreuth Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, both at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. 02/2013–03/2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth, Germany. 02/2011-02/2013
  • Associate Lecturer, MA Intercultural Anglophone Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany. 10/2010-02/2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Fort Hare, South Africa. 02/2008-09/2010
  • Associate Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London, UK. 09/2007-01/2008
  • Ph.D. at the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, University of East London, UK. 2007
  • Post-graduate degree in Therapeutical Pedagogy, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaften, University of Cologne, Germany. Main Subjects: Sociology, Psychology and Social Pedagogy. 2000

Teaching

Since 2007 Henriette Gunkel has been teaching in various institutions in the UK, Germany and South Africa. At Goldsmiths she currently teaches the BA year two module ‘Radical Imaginations and Speculative Voyages’ (part 1 and 2) and co-teaches the Core Module ‘Histories of Art’ of the Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History of which she is the programme leader. Henriette also contributes to the BA year one module Beyond Boundaries.

Areas of supervision

Henriette has been supervising and examining PhDs in the areas of feminist theory and gender studies, queer theory, politics and theories of the body, critical race studies, African cinemas, African science fiction, Afrofuturism and postcolonial cultural and media studies.

Professional activities

Henriette is project leader of the subproject ‚Concepts of Future in MediaSpaces’ at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Germany and Associated Senior Fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, University of Bayreuth. She is member of the International Advisory Board of darkmatter. in the ruins of imperial culture, and a founding member und co-editor of the online journal “Body Politics” (first issue launched in January 2013, funded by the German Research Foundation for the first three years. She also acts as a reviewer for various publisher and journals, including Third Text; Nordic Africa Institute; McGill-Queen’s University Press; the Palgrave Journal Subjectivity, ZED Books, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Journal of African Media Studies; Journal of Homosexuality. 

Featured work

Print

  • Gunkel, H., A. Hameed and S. O’Sullivan (eds). Futures & Fictions. (London: Repeater, forthcoming).
  • Gunkel, H. and Ayesha Hameed. Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Berlin: Sternberg, forthcoming)
  • Gunkel, H. and k. lynch (eds.). We Travel the Space Ways: Black Imagination, Fragments and Diffractions. (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming).
  • Gunkel, H. ‘Erinnerungen an die Zukunft: zur Frage von Zeit in einem Kosmopolitischen Kino.’ In: Christen, M. and K. Rothemund (eds.) Cosmopolitan Cinema. Kunst und Politik in der Zweiten Moderne. Marburg: Schüren Verlag. (forthcoming).
  • Gunkel, H. ‘Rückwärts in Richtung Queerer Zukunft.’ In: Brunow, D. and S. Dickel (eds.) Queer Cinema. Mainz: testcard. beiträge zur popgeschichte. (forthcoming)
  • Gunkel, H., E. Haschemi Yekani, B. Michaelis and A. Michaelsen (2015). ‘Anrufung und Affekt. Ein Gesprächstext über (Anti-)Rassismus und queere Gefühle.’ In: K. von Bose, U. Klöppel, K. Köppert, K. Michalski and P. Treusch (eds.) I is for Impasse. Affektive Queerverbindungen in Theorie_Aktivismus_Kunst. Berlin: b_books.

Film Programmes and Curatorial Practice

  • Afro Futures (short film programme during the annual conference of the Association of Media Studies in Germany, University of Bayreuth). 2015 
  • Speculative Voyages (short film programme during the annual conference of African Studies in Germany–which was preceded by a Round Table on Science Fiction in Africa with Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Daniel Kojo Schrade and Maha Maamoun). 2014 
  • (with Max Annas and Annett Busch) Wie Film Geschichte anders schreibt: Frieda Grafe – 30 Filme, Arsenal, Berlin (April, July, October). 2013
  • (with Umut Guray and Max Annas) Curator of the Film Festival Cinemameu. Festival de Cine Africano. Cine Teatro Tofo, Inhambane, Mozambique. 2011-2013
  • (with Anna Schrade) Curator of AfroSat-II, an exhibition with video installations and experimental films by John Akomfrah, kara lynch and The Otolith Group (Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, June-August). 2012
  • (with Max Annas) Curator of the film series Sharp Sharp. Neue Filme ausSüdafrika (in the context of Summer Stage ‘South African Urbankulcha’), Filmhaus and Filmpalette, Cologne, Germany. 2004

Publications

Book

The Cultural Politics of Female Sexuality in South Africa.
Gunkel, Henriette. 2010. The Cultural Politics of Female Sexuality in South Africa. Routledge. ISBN 9780415872690

Edited Book

Visual Cultures as Time Travel
Hameed, Ayesha and Gunkel, Henriette, eds. 2016. Visual Cultures as Time Travel. UNSPECIFIED.

Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume I
Annas, Max; Busch, Annett and Gunkel, Henriette, eds. 2013. Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume I. Brinkmann u Bose. ISBN 78-3940048165

Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume II
Annas, Max; Busch, Annett and Gunkel, Henriette, eds. 2013. Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume II. Brinkmann u Bose. ISBN 78-3940048165

Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume III
Annas, Max; Busch, Annett and Gunkel, Henriette, eds. 2013. Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme: Volume III. Brinkmann u Bose. ISBN 78-3940048165

Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice
Gunkel, Henriette; Nigianni, Chrysanthi and Söderbäck, Fanny, eds. 2012. Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230118317

What Can a Body Do?: Praktiken und Figurationen des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften
Bischoff, Eva; Fenske, Uta; Gunkel, Henriette; Hampf, M. Michaela; Yekani, Elahe Haschemi and Klawitter, Arne, eds. 2012. What Can a Body Do?: Praktiken und Figurationen des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften. Campus Verlag Gmbh. ISBN 978-3593396415

Book Section

“‘We’ve been to the moon and back’ - das afrofuturistische Partikulare im universalisierten Imaginären” [‘We’ve been to the moon and back’ – afrofuturist particularism within the universal imaginary]
Gunkel, Henriette. 2015. “‘We’ve been to the moon and back’ - das afrofuturistische Partikulare im universalisierten Imaginären” [‘We’ve been to the moon and back’ – afrofuturist particularism within the universal imaginary]. In: Ulrike Bergermann and Nanna Heidenreich, eds. total. - Universalism and particularism in post_kolonialer media theory. Berlin: Transcript, 149 -162. ISBN 978-3-8376-2766-4

Désiré
Gunkel, Henriette. 2013. Désiré. In: Max Annas; Annett Busch and Henriette Gunkel, eds. Frieda Grafe. 30 Filme. Issue 3. Berlin: Brinkmann u Bose, pp. 177-181. ISBN 78-3940048165

Spiegelungen von color bars? Keller in Südafrika, 1951” [Reflections of the color bars? Keller in South Africa, 1951
Gunkel, Henriette. 2013. Spiegelungen von color bars? Keller in Südafrika, 1951” [Reflections of the color bars? Keller in South Africa, 1951. In: Ulrike Bergermann, ed. Disability trouble. Ästhetik und Bildpolitik bei Helen Keller. Berlin: B Books, pp. 309-317. ISBN 978-3-942214-09-4

Introduction: A Politics of Visibility
Gunkel, Henriette. 2012. Introduction: A Politics of Visibility. In: Henriette Gunkel; Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck, eds. Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 129-140. ISBN 9780230118317

Praxis (Sich-)Fortbewegen” [Practice: To Move (Forward)]
Gunkel, Henriette and Yekani, Elahe Haschemi. 2012. Praxis (Sich-)Fortbewegen” [Practice: To Move (Forward)]. In: Eva Bischoff; Uta Fenske; Henriette Gunkel; M. Michaela Hampf; Elahe Haschemi Yekani and Arne Klawitter, eds. .) What can a body do? Praktiken und Figurationen des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften. Campus Verlag Gmbh, pp. 57-69. ISBN 978-3593396415

Praxis Sex Machen/Sex Haben [Practice: To Make/To Have Sex]
Gunkel, Henriette and Stieglitz, Olaf. 2012. Praxis Sex Machen/Sex Haben [Practice: To Make/To Have Sex]. In: Eva Bischoff; Uta Fenske; Henriette Gunkel; M. Michaela Hampf; Elahe Haschemi Yekani and Arne Klawitter, eds. .) What can a body do? Praktiken und Figurationen des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften. Campus Verlag Gmbh, pp. 97-110. ISBN 978-3593396415

“‘What do we see when we look at ourselves?’ - Visual dissidence towards (post)colonial sex/gender organisations within post-apartheid South African culture
Gunkel, Henriette. 2008. “‘What do we see when we look at ourselves?’ - Visual dissidence towards (post)colonial sex/gender organisations within post-apartheid South African culture. In: Jean-Paul Rocchi, ed. Dissidences et Identités Plurielles. Nancy: Presses universitaires de Nancy, pp. 160-185. ISBN 978-2-86480-899-2

An Act of Citizenship - Mozambican Films from Kuxa-Kanema to a Cinema of Re-sistance.
Gunkel, Henriette and Annas, Max. An Act of Citizenship - Mozambican Films from Kuxa-Kanema to a Cinema of Re-sistance. In: Antje Schuhmann and Mistri Jyoti, eds. African Women in Film. Pretoria: Unisa Press.

Article

Some Reflections on Postcolonial Homophobia, Local Interventions, and LGBTI Solidarity Online: The Politics of Global Petitions
Gunkel, Henriette. 2013. Some Reflections on Postcolonial Homophobia, Local Interventions, and LGBTI Solidarity Online: The Politics of Global Petitions. African Studies Review, 56(2), pp. 67-81. ISSN 0002-0206

Queer Times Indeed? Südafrikas Reaktionen auf die mediale Inszenierung der 800 Meter Läuferin Caster Semenya.”
Gunkel, Henriette. 2012. Queer Times Indeed? Südafrikas Reaktionen auf die mediale Inszenierung der 800 Meter Läuferin Caster Semenya.”. Feministische Studien, 30(1), pp. 44-52. ISSN 0723-5186

Review: Rez. Judith Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure. Duke University Press, 201
Gunkel, Henriette. 2012. Review: Rez. Judith Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure. Duke University Press, 201. Feministische Studien, 2, pp. 351-353. ISSN 0723-5186

Re/Positioning African Media Studies. Die Herausforderung, Postkolonialität und Medialität zusammenzudenken
Gunkel, Henriette. 2011. Re/Positioning African Media Studies. Die Herausforderung, Postkolonialität und Medialität zusammenzudenken. Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaf, 4, pp. 198-203.

“...after a short illness“ – Vom Umgang mit Tod und dem Status der eigenen Endlichkeit im Kontext Südafrikas
Gunkel, Henriette. 2011. “...after a short illness“ – Vom Umgang mit Tod und dem Status der eigenen Endlichkeit im Kontext Südafrikas. Polar, 10, pp. 57-61.

‘You are not welcome here’: post-apartheid negrophobia & real aliens in Blomkamp’s District 9
Gunkel, Henriette and König, Christiane. 2010. ‘You are not welcome here’: post-apartheid negrophobia & real aliens in Blomkamp’s District 9. Darkmatter, 7, ISSN 2041-3254

“‘I myself had a sweetie…’ – Re-thinking female same-sex intimacy beyond the institution of marriage and identity politics.”
Gunkel, Henriette. 2010. “‘I myself had a sweetie…’ – Re-thinking female same-sex intimacy beyond the institution of marriage and identity politics.”. Social Dynamics, 36(3), pp. 531-546. ISSN 0253-3952

“What's Identity Got To Do With It?” Rethinking Intimacy and Homosociality in Contemporary South Africa
Gunkel, Henriette. 2009. “What's Identity Got To Do With It?” Rethinking Intimacy and Homosociality in Contemporary South Africa. NORA, 17(3), pp. 206-221. ISSN 0803-8740

Through the Postcolonial Eyes: Images of Gender and Female Sexuality in Contemporary South Africa
Gunkel, Henriette. 2009. Through the Postcolonial Eyes: Images of Gender and Female Sexuality in Contemporary South Africa. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(1), pp. 77-87. ISSN 1089-4160

Editorial: Racism in the Closet – Interrogating Postcolonial Sexuality
Gunkel, Henriette and Pitcher, Ben. 2008. Editorial: Racism in the Closet – Interrogating Postcolonial Sexuality. Darkmatter, 3, ISSN 2041-3254

Q&A with Jasbir Puar
Gunkel, Henriette and Pitcher, Ben. 2008. Q&A with Jasbir Puar. Darkmatter, 3, ISSN 2041-3254

Review: Catherine M. Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh, Stephan F. Miescher (Eds.): Africa After Gender? Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007
Gunkel, Henriette. 2008. Review: Catherine M. Cole, Takyiwaa Manuh, Stephan F. Miescher (Eds.): Africa After Gender? Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007. Gender Forum, 21, ISSN 1613-1878

Pride and presence:Szenen aus dem schwullesbischen (Straßen-)Leben in Südafrika
Gunkel, Henriette. 2006. Pride and presence:Szenen aus dem schwullesbischen (Straßen-)Leben in Südafrika. Analyse & Kritik, 503, ISSN 0171-5860

“I’m a legal lesbian in Joburg.”
Gunkel, Henriette. 2005. “I’m a legal lesbian in Joburg.”. Gigi, 40,

“Schwarze Körper Weißer Herren” [Black Bodies White Men].
Gunkel, Henriette. 2003. “Schwarze Körper Weißer Herren” [Black Bodies White Men]. Gigi, 27,

Spiegelbild der Gesellschaft. Geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt in Südafrika” [The Mirror Image of Society. Gender-based Violence in South Africa]
Gunkel, Henriette. 2003. Spiegelbild der Gesellschaft. Geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt in Südafrika” [The Mirror Image of Society. Gender-based Violence in South Africa]. iz3w, 270, pp. 36-37.

Schwarze Feminismen. Afrikanische Wissenschaftlerinnen diskutieren über Womanism” [Black Feminisms. African Scholars discuss Womanism]
Gunkel, Henriette. 2002. Schwarze Feminismen. Afrikanische Wissenschaftlerinnen diskutieren über Womanism” [Black Feminisms. African Scholars discuss Womanism]. iz3w, 264, pp. 36-37.

Digital

Review: Vukani – Awake! (1962) A cinematic context
Gunkel, Henriette and Annas, Max. 2011. Review: Vukani – Awake! (1962) A cinematic context.

Review: ‘Testing Hope – Grade 12 in the new South Africa’ by Molly Blank, Cape Town 2008.
Annas, Max and Gunkel, Henriette. 2008. Review: ‘Testing Hope – Grade 12 in the new South Africa’ by Molly Blank, Cape Town 2008..