is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar whose work is centered in Black European Studies. Born and raised in the GDR, Piesche studied in East and West Germany and Russia. She taught at the University of Utrecht / Netherlands and held visiting positions for German, Women’s and Africana Studies at Vassar College and Hamilton College, NY / USA. She has published about racialized and Black Imageries, colonial history and collective memories and received research grants from the Volkswagen Foundation and Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation for a new interdisciplinary research project Black Europe: History of a Forgotten Continent. Piesche’s areas of research include Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Black Feminist Studies, Diaspora and Translocality, and the performativity of memory cultures. She is also an activist and board member of both ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) and ASWAD (Association of the Worldwide Study of the African Diaspora) as well as an activist-scholar and editor in and to the Black community in Germany.