Jenna Krumminga


Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin


2009-2011 MFA, University of Virginia
2002-2006 BA, Dartmouth College

The Construction of Black Power in the Public Sphere

The term “black power” gets thrown around loosely and easily in the public sphere. It’s as likely to be invoked by a journalist as by a politician, as likely to crop up on a t-shirt as in a Hollywood movie. But what does black power really mean in its medial, political, and pop cultural incarnation? And how did it come to mean what it does in the public consciousness? My project seeks to answer these questions – in other words, to explore the historical construction of black power in the public sphere.

Specific interrelated questions my project will address include: how was black power initially introduced to the public, then presented over time? What were the mechanisms of this process, and who were its primary drivers? Did this process reinforce or critique the logic and rhetoric of liberalism?

Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft