An independent researcher and PhD candidate at the RuhrCenter of American Studies, Terence’s research deals with bi- and multilingual hip-hop in the U.S. and Germany in a comparative perspective. His work concerns itself with transculturation, postnationalism, ethnicity, aesthetic experience, trans* issues, gender and sexual diversity, and the ways in which identity formation and political and social activism play out in the production and consumption of cultural materials.
Terence has worked as an instructor for more than ten years in a broad range of educational contexts in North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from the John F. Kennedy for North American Studies, the Free University of Berlin (2011) with concentrations in History and Cultural Studies. His undergraduate work at SUNY Buffalo culminated in a B.A. in English (1998), where he focused on post-WW2 American Poetry and Creative Writing.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Terence cultivates healthy interests in songwriting, the culinary arts, cycling, and meditation.
Bi- and Multilingualism
Dissertation (Working Title): “Towards Trans*aesthetics: Bi- and Multilingual Hip-Hop in Germany and the USA”
with Sina Nitzsche “Reading Hip Hop as Literature: Transcultural Storytelling in the Ruhr.” Department of German Studies. Welt erlesen: Interkulturalität und Literatur(wissenschaft). TU Dortmund University. Dortmund, Germany. 19 Feb 2016.
“Enacting a Transnational Imaginary for Social Change: The Socio- Cultural Work of Rebel Diaz.” Ruhr Center of American Studies. 2016 Ruhr Center PhD Forum. University of Bochum. Bochum, Germany. 29 Jan 2016.
“Forging The New Trans-aesthetics: Transnational and Transcultural Awakening in Hip-Hop in Germany and the United States.” Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS). Soundscapes and Sonic Cultures in America. Karl- Franzens-Universität, Graz. Graz, Austria. 7 Nov 2015.
“Tearing It Up: Transcultural, Transethnic, and Trans-aesthetic Potential in the Music of A Tribe Called Red.” Culture and the Canada-U.S. Border. Theorising The Canada-US Border. University of Kent, Paris. Paris, France. 16 May 2015.
Kumpf, Terence. “Towards Trans*aesthetics: Bi- and Multilingual Hip-Hop in Germany and the U.S.A.” Ruhr Center of American Studies. 2015 Ruhr Center PhD Forum. University of Bochum. Bochum, Germany. 24 Jan 2015.
“Linguistic Hotbed: (e-)Merging Vernaculars in Bi- and Multilingual Hip-Hop”. New York Metro American Studies Association Conference American Vernaculars. Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, New York, New York, United States. 15 November 2014.
with MC Sole (Tim Holland) and DJ Pain 1 (Pacal Bayley). “Hip-Hop, D.I.Y. Aesthetics, and the Intersectionality of Global Political Movements.” Department of American Studies, TU Dortmund University Guest Lecture Series. Rekorder. Dortmund, Germany. 3 Nov 2014. Panel Discussion.
“(Trans-)Cultural Passing: The Limits of Transaesthetic Experience in Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.” 20th Anniversary SERCIA Conference Music and Movies: National and Transnational Perspectives. Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 19 September 2014.
“(Trans-)Cultural Passing: The Limits of Transaesthetic Experience in Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.” 2014 RuhrPhD Forum of American Studies. University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany. 25 January 2014.
“First As Mediation, Then As Practice: Understanding Hip-Hop in Germany as Transcultural Enactment and the Articulation and Expression of Transaesthetics.” Hip Hop Handbook. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 2016 (forthcoming).
“From Queering to Trans*Imagining: Sookee’s Trans*/Feminist Hip- Hop.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly Vol. 3, No. 1 (March 2016), 177-86.
“Meet the Ticks!: Diversity, Solidarity, and Collective Action in German Hip-Hop.” World Hip Hop Market. 2 July 2015. WorldHipHopMarket.com.
“Beyond Multiculturalism: The Transculturating Potential of Hip-Hop in Germany.” Hip-Hop in Europe: Cultural Identities and Transnational Flows. Eds. Sina Nitzsche and Walter Grünzweig. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2013. 207-225.
“Attention, Walmart.” Artvoice 6.23 (June 2007).
SS16: The End of America? Crises, Threats, and Paranoia in the United States, Proseminar, TU Dortmund (with G.H. Joost Baarssen).
SS15: TRANS-lating Hip-Hop, Proseminar, TU Dortmund.
SS14: Roots, Rhymes, and Real-ities: Hip-Hop in Germany and the USA, Proseminar, TU Dortmund.