Sieglinde Lemke is a Professor in the American Studies Department at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. She taught at the John F. Kennedy Institute at the Free University, Berlin, at Wheelock College, Boston and in the African American Studies Department at Harvard University. Lemke has received fellowships from the DAAD and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Among her publications are Primitivist Modernism: Black Culture and the Origins of Transatlantic Modernism (1998); ‘Berlin and Boundaries: Sollen vs. Geschehen’, Boundary 2 (2000); ‘Primitivist Modernism’, in Primitivism and 20th Century Art: A Documentary History (J. Flam and M. Deutsch eds, 2003); Aesthetic Transgressions: Modernity, Liberalism, and the Function of Literature (co-edited with U. Hasselstein and T. Claviez, 2006); ‘Du Bois: Of the Coming of John’, in The Oxford Companion to The Souls of Black Folk (S. Zamir ed., 2007); The Power of Perception: Aesthetics, Visual Culture, Internationalism in Henry James (co-edited with A.J. Lehmann, forthcoming 2007); and Vernacular Matters: A Comparativist Approach to American Literature (forthcoming 2008).
Lemke is currently working on an exhibit documenting ‘Black Americans in Berlin’ and a project entitled ‘Facing Poverty: Representing the Dispossessed’.