Feminist and Gender Studies is proud to announce that Dr. Heidi R. Lewis recently published In the footsteps of Audre: transnational conversation on the kitchen tablethe 7thand edition of Ingeborg Bachmann Prize winner Sharon Dodua Otoo’s Witness Series (Assemblage Edition), a series of English-language books featuring black writers who have lived in Germany.
In the footsteps of Audre, co-authored by Dana Maria Asbury with Jazlyn Tate Andrews (Feminist & Gender Studies ’17), pays homage to black intellectual traditions set forth by Dr. WEB Du Bois, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Angela Y. Davis and Audre Lorde, all influenced by their experiences in Berlin. Engage black and transnational feminist cadres, In the footsteps of Audre amplifies the resistive and generative experiences of black intellectuals and women of color in Berlin and the United States, examining how they resist oppressive narratives and approach the always advantageous but sometimes controversial contours of solidarity.
In addition, In the footsteps of Audre uniquely features 7 chapters transcribed from real conversations; presents a “Foreword” co-written by Jasmin Eding and Judy Gummich, co-founders of ADEFRA: Schwarze Frauen in Deutschland, the first grassroots activist organization for black German women; Ria Cheatom, a dear friend of Audre Lorde, member of ADEFRA, and co-author of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992 with Ika Hügel-Marshall and Dagmar Schultz; and Hügel-Marshall, also a dear friend of Audre, member of ADEFRA, and author of Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany, the first single-authored book written by a black person in Germany; features a chapter focused on current leaders of the Adefra Generation, Katja Kinder (also co-founder), Peggy Piesche and Prof. Dr. Maisha Auma; and presents a love letter to Katharina Oguntoye, founding member of ADEFRA and dear friend of Audre, in “Afterword”.