Ferdinand Nyberg

Research associate (Postdoc)

Office Address
CRC 923 "Threatened Order"
Doblerstr. 21
D-72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-75102
ferdinand.nybergspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

G06 – Racial orders

Project within the CRC 923

Project G06: Past Futures of Threatened Orders. Alternative racial orders in speculative fictions and realities in the U.S.

Project G06 continues to focus its attention on the racial order in the U.S. in the third funding period, but now addresses fictional and lived visions of alternative orders. They responded to frustration with the inertia of the lived order and stabilized resistance to existing injustice. At the same time, however, they played out alternatives in the mode of fiction and thus made a factual re-ordering possible in the first place.


Research interests:

  • African-American studies
  • American Popular Culture
  • Critical race theory and American race relations
  • History of drugs, alcohol, and addiction
  • Cultural history and cultural studies

Curriculum vitae

Doctoral Award of the Faculty of Humanities

of the University of Tübingen for the dissertation "Temperate Regions: Space, Order, and Antebellum American Temperance".

since 2019
Research associate (Postdoc)

at the CRC 923 "Threatened Order. Societies under Stress" (Project G06)

2015 to 2019
Research associate

at the CRC 923 "Threatened Order. Societies under Stress" (Project G06)

2012 to 2015
M.A. degree course in North American Studies

with a focus on history and cultural studies at the Free University of Berlin.

2008 to 2011
B.A. degree course in history and political science

at the University of Warwick (Joint Honours)



  • Temperate Regions: Space, Order, and Antebellum American Temperance. Ph.D. dissertation. Revised version in contract for publication as a monograph with Bloomsbury, 2022.

Book Chapters & Papers

  • ‘Drogen, Abhängigkeit und Rassismus in den USA’ in Robert Feustel, Henning Schmidt-Semisch, Ulrich Bröckling (eds.), Handbuch Drogen in sozial- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive, 2. Auflage (Berlin: Springer, 2023).
  • ‘Homing Change: Soul City as Re-filiation’ in Gero Bauer, Nicole Hirschfelder and Fernando Resende (eds.), Un-Mapping the Global South (London: Routledge, 2022).
  • (In development, expected 2022/2023:) „Ethiopia, A Book with a Purpose; oder, Fiktion als Intervention“ (co-authored with Max Rhiem), in Ewald Frie and Mischa Meyer (eds.), Weltgeschichten bedrohter Ordnungen (Berlin: Propyläen Verlag, 2022/2023).
  • ‘Destilando a diferença: Uma visão histórica sobre o álcool, ameaça e o mundo atlântico’ in Fernando Resende, Diego Amaral and Roberto Robalinho (eds.), Modos de Ser Sul: Territorialidades, Afetos e Poderes (Rio de Janeiro, 2020: Editora E-papers), 209-225.
  • ‘Black Power Republicanism? Capitalism, Radicalism, and the Cold War Consensus’, Amerikastudien / American Studies 66, 4 (2021), special issue: ‘The Continuity of Change? New Perspectives on U.S. Reform Movements’, 609-633. (Online-Access).
  • ‘Spacing Out: Temperance, Threat, and Alcoholic Space in Antebellum America’ in Ulla Haselstein et al. (eds.), American Counter/Publics (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019), 159-173.
  • ‘Nancy Reagan in the Ghetto: On Space as Mediator between Structure and Event’, InterDisciplines: Journal of History and Sociology 7, 2 (2016), special issue: ‘Structures and Events. A Dialogue between History and Sociology’, 33-62. (Online-Access).
  • ‘A Causerie on Spontaneity, Consumption, and Film’, Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (December 8, 2015). (Online-Access).
  • ‘Where Is Drug Policy? On Görlitzer Bahnhof and the Levels of Reading Policy’, Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (November 17, 2015). (Online-Access).
  • ‘Fighting the Cold War on Ice: A Review of Red Army’, Berlin Film Journal (March, 2015).
  • ‘What are you?: Negotiating Racial Authenticity and Imagining the Black Experience through the Prism of Passing in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ¡Plop! Revista de Estudios Pop1, 2 (Winter, 2013), S. 7–20. (Online-Access)

Conferences / Workshops