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M.A. Terence Kumpf

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44227 Dortmund

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Kurzbiographie Vita

A PhD candidate at the RuhrCenter of American Studies, Terence’s dissertation deals with bi- and multilingual hip-hop in the United States and Germany. Applying the theoretical models of transculturation and aesthetic experience, Terence investigates language contact and musical blending to theorize how hip-hop stands to foster multipolar cultural affiliations in listeners.

 From business clients to tertiary and secondary education, Terence has taught English and American culture in a variety of contexts and capacities 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) and a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo (1998).


Forschungsschwerpunkte Research Interests

  • Hip-Hop Studies

  • Bi- and Multilingualism

  • Ethnomusicology

  • Transculturation

  • Aesthetic Experience

  • Comparative Cultural History


Forschungsprojekte Research Projects

  • Dissertation (Working Title): “Towards Transaesthetics: Bi- and Multilingual Hip-Hop in Germany and the USA”


Vorträge Presentations

  • “Migratory Ebb and Cultural Flow: The Fluid Dynamics of Transaesthetics in Bilingual Hip-Hop in the United States.” International Graduate Conference 2016. Flow and Undercurrents: Dimensions of Im/mobility in North America. John F. Kennedy Graduate School for North American Studies (GSNAS), Free University of Berlin. 3 June 2016.

  • “Persistent Resistance: The Demand for Collective and Individual Human Rights Action in the Music of Rebel Diaz.” 63rd Annual Conference of the German Association for American Studies (DGfA). The United States and the Question of Rights. Osnabrück Univeristy. 21 May 2016.

  • with Sina Nitzsche “Reading Hip Hop as Literature: Transcultural Storytelling in the Ruhr.” Welt erlesen: Interkulturalität und Literatur(wissenschaft). TU Dortmund University, Department of German Studies. 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 in American Studies. 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 in American Studies. 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.


Publikationen Publications

  • “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, 2017 (forthcoming).

  • “(Trans-)Cultural Passing: The Limits of Transethnic Aesthetics in Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.” Music and Movies: National and Transnational Perspectives (Conference Proceedings, 20th Annual Conference of the Societe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Cinema Anglophone). Ed. Frank Mehring and Melvyn Stokes. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017 (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, 2013. 207-225.

  • “Attention, Walmart.” Artvoice 6.23 (June 2007).


Lehrveranstaltungen Courses

  • The End of America? Crises, Threats, and Paranoia in the United States. (PS with G.H. Joost Baarssen) SS 2016, TU Dortmund.

  • TRANS-lating Hip-Hop. (PS) SS 2015, TU Dortmund.

  • Roots, Rhymes, and Real-ities: Hip-Hop in Germany and the USA. (PS) SS 2014, TU Dortmund.