Accounting for Our Settler Colonialism: Toward an Unsettled German Studies in the United States

  • Ashwin ManthripragadaEmail author
  • Emina Mušanović


Accommodating both decolonization and diversity in reshaping German Studies brings together two potentially incommensurable discourses. A chasm opens up when decolonization is first, repeatedly taken up metaphorically as a “decolonization of the mind,” and second, made commensurate with diversity frameworks. Both impulses in the decolonization of German Studies appear to be at odds with Decolonial Studies. In this essay, we first map out the conflict between decolonization as “decolonization of the mind” and decolonization as theorized by Indigenous Decolonial scholars. We then engage with challenges Decolonial Studies pose to German Studies specifically. Finally, we examine practices in our field that contribute to the continued erasure of Indigenous life.


German Studies Decolonial studies Decolonization Colonialism Settler-colonialism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hobart and William Smith CollegesGenevaUSA
  2. 2.BerkeleyUSA

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