Anna Schrade, adjunct assistant professor of cultural studies, received her Magister Artium in Anthropology and Romance Literature and Languages at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany, and her Ph.D. at the Institute for Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen in Germany, with a thesis on transnational migrant communities between West Africa and France.
From 1999 to 2004 she worked as a freelance author of radio documentaries focusing on themes of migration, transnationalism, European immigration policy, African Diasporas and popular culture. Since 2006 she is affiliated to the Iwalewa-Haus, Center for Contemporary African Art and Popular Culture at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where she conducted a research project on ‘New Media Art in South Africa’ and became particularly interested in the intersections of social research and contemporary art practices.
Anna Schrade curated or co-curated the exhibitions Crossing Munich. Orte, Bilder und Debatten der Migration (Kulturreferat München 2009), Spuren: Neue Arbeiten von Christophe Ndabananiye (Iwalewa-Haus 2010), AfroSat I (Iwalewa-Haus 2010) and Mine: A Selection of Films by South African Artists (Iwalewa-Haus 2010).
Her research and teaching interests include contemporary art with a special focus on African and African-Diasporic art, exile and migration in contemporary (African) art, African diaspora studies, European migrant and minority cultures, visual culture studies, critical race theory and postcolonial studies.
HACU-0205: Berlin-Contested Artworks in the German Capital (Fall 2012)
HACU-0232: Black Paris (Fall 2011)