Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies
206-B West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107
hours: By appointment
Research and Teaching Topics
Citizenship and noncitizen politics, exclusionary incorporation, sovereignty, participation, governance, care, urban futurity, Germany, Detroit, dispossession, migration, Blackness and universality, post-humanism, decoloniality, sexualities and body politics, intersectional, Indigenous, Black, and POC feminisms, corporate formations, supply-chain capitalism, Holocaust memory and memorialization, film, media, and audio-visual production, analysis, and distribution
Damani J. Partridge is a Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is also an affiliate with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and has published broadly on questions of citizenship, affect, urban space, sexuality, decolonization, post-Cold War “freedom,” Holocaust memorialization, African-American military occupation, Blackness and embodiment, the production of noncitizens, the culture and politics of “fair trade,” and the Obama moment in Berlin. He has also made and worked on documentaries for private and public broadcasters in the United States and Canada, and currently directs the Filming Future Cities Project in Detroit and Berlin (see filmingfuturecities.org). His first book, Hypersexuality and headscarves: Race, sex, and citizenship in the new Germany, was published in the New Anthropologies of Europe series with Indiana University Press in 2012. His forthcoming book, Blackness as a universal claim: Holocaust heritage, noncitizen politics, and Black power in Berlin will be published with the University of California Press in 2022.
Partridge, D. J. (2008). We were dancing in the club, not on the Berlin Wall: black bodies, street bureaucrats, and exclusionary incorporation into the New Europe. Cultural Anthropology, 23(4), 660-687.
Partridge, D. J. (2010). Holocaust Mahnmal (Memorial): monumental memory amidst contemporary race. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 52(4), 820-850.
Welker, M., Partridge, D. J., & Hardin, R. (2011). Corporate lives: New perspectives on the social life of the corporate form: An introduction to supplement 3. Current Anthropology, 52(S3), S3-S16.
Partridge, D. J. (2022). Hostility as Technique: Making White Space in a Black City (Observing a City Over Time through Collective Filmmaking and Collaborative Research). Anthropological Quarterly, 95(2), 363-386.
Partridge, D. (2022). Blackness as a universal claim: Holocaust heritage, noncitizen futures, and black power in Berlin. Univ of California Press.