Carmen Dexl is an assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Her research interests include Dance and Performance Studies, Transnational American Studies, and African American literature and culture. Her PhD project, which she completed at FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg in 2017, explored the ethical and political agency of the anti-lynching narrative. Her second book project focuses on negotiations of aging in modern and postmodern dance. Carmen Dexl is a co-coordinator of the multidisciplinary research network “Knowledge Infrastructures,” funded by the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies at the University of Regensburg.

Live Human Exhibits: The World Columbian Exposition as a Space of Empire

A theatricalised space that prompts visitors to immerse themselves into spectacles of what was construed as racial otherness, while acknowledging notions of Western cultural superiority and investing in public approval of US imperial efforts abroad—that was the fundamental idea underlying the Midway Plaisance, an amusement park committed to displaying human… Continue reading