Tazalika M. te Reh

TU Dortmund University
First Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Randi Gunzenhäuser
(TU Dortmund)
Second Advisor:
Prof. Dr. Kornelia Freitag
(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Tazalika M. te Reh

Tazalika is a trained architect with research interests in Architecture, African American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Urban Studies and Architecture Education. She holds degrees from the Universities of Applied Sciences in Cologne and Bochum and the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. The topic of her M.A. thesis was “Architecture from A to Z. Concept for an architectural TV show for kids”. In 1997, she received a DAAD grant for a work stay in Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the architecture firm Moshe Safdie & Ass.. Her work experience incorporates architectural practice, the work as a curator and as the executive assistant to the board of the art foundation Stiftung DKM and its museum in Duisburg. Tazalika M. te Reh currently holds a scholarship in the PhD-research program “Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the United States”. She is part of the American Studies Department of the TU Dortmund where she is working on her PhD thesis on architectural history, space and race. In 2013, she was Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar in American Studies.

Between Architecture, Space and Race - Black Geographies in American Metropolises

When it comes to the reading of the American city we encounter specific histories, representations, and spaces that make what we know of as the “American urbanity”. There are elements in the American society and culture, however, whose existence is rendered invisible. The same is applicable to the White male Western architectural canon.
My thesis is about (architectural) history, space and race. I will look into architectural projects that represent spaces with reference to the African American experience. I am interested in the interconnectedness of the architectural sites and their direct and indirect urban surroundings on the urban spatial and the social spatial level. Visibility forms the cities’ reality. The visual outcome of “architecture and blackness” as well as “urban transformations” in terms of a changing mode of self-empowerment and changing socio-political interests in the city will be identified.

Selected Publications

"Reading Against the Grain – Black Presence in Lower Manhattan, New York City." Narrating Spaces – Reading Urbanity: Exploring the Spatial Semantics of the City across Cultural Texts. Rohleder, Rebekka and Martin Kindermann (eds.), 2014 forthcoming.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Since April 2012: PhD scholarship in the Mercur research program “Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the United States”
  • 1997: DAAD Travel Grant (USA)

Selected Presentations

  • March 2014: "Transforming Space"
    Spatial Histories, Constructs, and Practices: Trajectories and Strategies in the North American City. Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
  • January 2014: "Under Construction - Architecture, Space, and the Racial in Manhattan, New York City"
    2014 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies. TU Dortmund, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
  • May 2013: "… and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them …"
    International Conference 2013, Graduate School of North American Studies, John-F.-Kennedy-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
  • April 2013: "… and this is only the beginning of what they will do…"
    Urban Transformations in the USA Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.
  • January 2013: "The City, Architecture, and Blackness"
    2013 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies. Bochum/Dortmund, Germany.
  • September 2012: “Reading Against the Grain – Black Presence in Urban Narratives”
    University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • June 2012: “Between architectural history, space and race”
    Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies, University of Trier, Germany.

Selected Conference Organization

April 2013: Chair of the presentation “New York’s Soundscape in Hungarian Communist Travel Writing”Urban Transformations Symposium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany.

Selected Conference Participation

  • March 2014: "GCP 60 – Pathways to Global Citizenship: Roots and Routes." Salzburg Global Seminar, Global Citizenship Program
  • September 2013: "Sustainability and the City: America in the Urban World." Salzburg Global Seminar in American Studies, Austria
  • February 2012: ”The Making of Architects – Architecture in the Making”
    The Architectural Sociology Working Group, TU Darmstadt, Germany
  • June 2012: “CePoG-Interdisziplinäres Kolloquium für (Post-)DoktorandInnen”
    Center for Postcolonial and Gender Studies, University of Trier, Germany
  • September 2012: “Narrating Spaces – Reading Urbanity”
    University of Hamburg, Germany
  • January 2013: "2013 Ruhr PhD Forum in American Studies"
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum/TU Dortmund, Germany

Selected Teaching

  • Winter Term 2013/14: Cast off! Learning how to navigate in the Black Atlantic (TU Dortmund)
  • Summer Term 2013: "ASI - Architectural Scene Investigation : Profiling the American Metropolis" (TU Dortmund)
  • 2004-2006: Architecture seminars for high-school graduates, Gymnasium Meerbusch, Germany
  • Since 2003: Architecture Consultant for schools. Listed at the Chamber of Architects, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1992: Violin lessons for art students. Bagamoyo College of Arts, Bagamoyo, Tanzania

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