Lena Gotteswinter receives BAA Yale fellowship funded by the Yale Club of Germany

Through the long-lasting relationship between the BAA and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, led by director and Pulitzer Prize winner David W. Blight, we are happy to award Lena Gotteswinter this years’ BAA research fellowship. Her dissertation project, The Diversification of the Hipster, ties in seamlessly to the Center’s goal of illuminating the history and the ongoing relevance of slavery and black resistance in contemporary society. Her work on the ‘blipster,’ a new, cultural phenomenon that is increasingly entering pop music production, redresses the stereotypically apolitical, white male hipster in a more diverse and politically reactionary apparel. 


Lena Gotteswinter, who is a research assistant at the University of Regensburg, will receive 2,000 Euros for travel and accommodation costs and will visit Yale University during the spring of 2020. The fellowship includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center and access to all campus libraries. We would like to thank the Yale Club of Germany and especially Bartley Großerichter for generously funding this research fellowship. 


We wish Lena Gotteswinter an enlightening stay and good luck for her dissertation project. 


About Lena Gotteswinter

Lena Gotteswinter is a research assistant at the University of Regensburg. She received her M.A. in North American Studies from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2016, where she also completed her B.A. in English and American Studies and Book Studies Her dissertation, The Diversification of the Hipster, explores deviations from the stereotypical definition of 'hipness' as male, white, and middle-class. Focusing in particular on black hipsters, so-called ‘blipsters,’ she explores how contemporary blipsters' subcultural habitus is owed to the history of black resistance, from slavery to the continuous contact zone of black and white culture today. Using theories of subcultures and performativity, she looks at contemporary fashion, music, and art. 


Photo: Laura Sprague (left) and Bartley Großerichter (right) from the Yale Club of Germany together with BAA-Fellow Lena Gotteswinter (middle) © Amerikahaus München