Luvena Kopp has been a doctoral candidate and a research fellow (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the American Studies Department at the University of Tübingen since October 2015. She earned her Magistra Artium in American Studies and Theatre, Film, and Media Studies from Goethe University in Frankfurt. Her research interests include figurational sociology (particularly the concepts of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias), violence (particularly state violence), social inequality, and African American literature and culture. She is a member of the Norbert Elias Figurational Research Network. A Fulbright Fellow at New York University, Luvena Kopp studied with Professors Ed Guerrero, Manthia Diawara, and Awam Ankpa. She further completed a ten-month period of research at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and participated in the 2016 Fulbright American Studies Institute titled “Why Black Lives Matter: Race and Politics in the U.S.” organized by San Francisco State University. In her dissertation, Luvena Kopp examines aesthetic renderings of hidden mechanisms of power in the films of Spike Lee.
Address: Keplerstr. 2, 72074 Tübingen
Office: Room 288
Phone: (+49) (0)7071-29-75094
Figurational Sociology, (African) American Film, Violence, Power Relations, Race and Racism
"Fight the (Symbolic) Power: Domination and Resistance in the Films of Spike Lee" (working title; PhD thesis)
Who Can Speak and Who Is Heard/Hurt: Facing Problems of 'Race', Racism and Ethnic Diversity in the Humanities in Germany. Ed. Mahmoud Arghavan, Nicole Hirschfelder, Katharina Motyl, and Luvena Kopp. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018. Forthcoming.
"Understanding Ferguson: Suburban Marginality and Racialized Penality in the Age of Neoliberalism." Power Relations in Black Lives: Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias. Ed. Christa Buschendorf. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018. Forthcoming.
"Der Fall Michael Brown: Polizeigewalt und kollektive Fantasie." Von Selma bis Ferguson: Rasse und Rassismus in den USA. Ed. Michael Butter, Astrid Franke, Horst Tonn. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2016. 261-286.
"Satirizing Satire: Symbolic Violence and Subversion in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled." Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights. Ed. Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue. Jackson: U of Mississippi P, 2014. 214-227.
Invited Lectures and Public Panels:
"Through the Lens of Spike Lee: The Case of Eric Garner and the Rise of the Penal State." From Abolition to Black Lives Matter: Past and Present Forms of Transnational Black Resistance. Conference at the Obama Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, October 26-28, 2017.
"Black Protest from the Civil Rights. Movement Until Today." Panel Discussion. Black Protest Pop-Up Exhibition. Amerikahaus München, July 19-21, 2017. Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lvp7cCYzsw&t=9s
(with Nicole Hirschfelder) "#BlackLivesMatter: Warum schwarze Leben zählen." Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, 28 February 2017.
(with Nicole Hirschfelder) "#BlackLivesMatter." Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Tübingen, February 14, 2017.
"Schwarze Sichtbarkeit im Zeitalter Donald Trumps." Story Telling Saloon. Jugendkirche St. Peter, Frankfurt, February 3, 2017.
"State Violence and Race Making in the Age of Neoliberalism." Interdisciplinary Symposium: Configurations of the Black Atlantic. Freie Universität Berlin, February 2-3, 2017.
"Der Fall Michael Brown: Zur symbolischen Gewalt einer kollektiven Fantasie." Lecture Series Studium Generale: Von Selma bis Ferguson: Die USA nach der Bürgerrechtsbewegung. University of Tübingen. October 21, 2015 - February 3, 2016.
"Repression and Representation in U.S. Popular Culture." Impulse Presentation. Introduction to American Culture and Cultural Studies. Goethe University Frankfurt, January 22, 2013.
"Notions of a 'Post-Racial' Society and the Viability and Usefulness of 'Post-Black' Forms of Expression." Panel Discussion. Black History Leap Year. State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam), February 27 - March 5, 2012.
"Introduction to Spike Lee's Bamboozled." Introduction to Film Screening. Black History Leap Year. State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam), February 27- March 5, 2012.
"Fighting Racialized State Violence in a Postindustrial Age: Spike Lee's 'Radio Raheem and the Gentle Giant'." 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference, King’s College London, University College London, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, April 4-7, 2018, accepted, forthcoming.
"Publics/Counter Publics: Billie Holiday and the Early War on Drugs." 65th Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA), John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, May 24-27, 2018, confirmed speaker, forthcoming.
"On the Symbolic Production of Blackness in a 'Post-Black' Era." Biennal Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Ovidius University Constanța, April 22-25, 2016.
"The Imagination of Violence and the Violence of Imagination in Spike Lee's Inside Man." Violence and the American Imagination. Loughborough University, July 22-23, 2015.
"Permanence in Change: The Violence of Blackface Minstrelsy." Approaching Blackness. 13th Annual Students and Graduate Conference. Humboldt University Berlin, November 13-15, 2014.
"Satirizing Satire: Symbolic Violence and Subversion in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled." "Who’s Laughing Now": Humor as Resistance and Oppression in U.S. American Culture. 10th Annual Students and Graduate Conference. Humboldt University Berlin, November 10-12, 2011.
Conference Panel Organization:
(with Jesse Ramírez and Marlon Lieber) "Representing Social Struggles: Riots and Racialized Violence in Visual Media." 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference, King’s College London, University College London, Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, April 4-7, 2018, accepted, forthcoming.
(with Nicole Hirschfelder, Stephan Kuhl, Jiří Šalamoun, and Marlon Lieber) "Post-Black Aesthetics versus Black Lives Matter: Debating 'Race' in Contemporary American Society and Culture." Biennal Conference of the European Association for American Studies, Ovidius University Constanța, April 22-25, 2016.
ZP (as part of the PS II Literature)