City Scripts in the Field: What We're Working on

Credit: Hanna Rodewald

Bryce Detroit - Hood Closed to Gentrifiers

The installation "Traffic Control" (2022) by the Detroit based Afrotourist artist Bryce Detroit was featured in the exhibition "Finding Home - Stories of displacement" (April 22 - May 21 2022) at the Detroit Artist Market curated by Laura D. Gibson. Through the medium of street signs Bryce's art project "ROAD WORL" publicly campaigns against the displacement of Detroiters in the face of ongoing redevelopment strategies.

Prof. Dr. Josef Raab passed away on November 10, 2019 after a long battle against terminal illness. / © L. Raab

Thank you,

to our colleague, advisor, and mentor Josef Raab, who sadly passed away last weekend after a long and brave battle against terminal illness. Josef Raab was the chair of American Literary and Media Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He paved the way for the discipline of Inter-American Studies, significantly shaping its core debates. As a champion and supporter of the Ruhr Center for American Studies, he was also a pivotal figure for the establishment of our City Scripts research group. Josef Raab was a fighter of the good fight, never shy of supporting his students and of positively endorsing as well as tackling his colleagues. He never eschewed an argument he believed in. While he had to take a step back from in-person participation in recent months due to his illness, he was with us in thought and during our research. We lose a professor and mentor, who has accompanied and supported some of us since our bachelor’s degree, a colleague, who challenged us in academic discussions, and most of all a sincere and warm human soul.

All that is left for us to say now is, thank you and safe travels.