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Dr. Cassandra Ellerbe


Research Assistant

Technische Universität Berlin
Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies
Chair Arbeitslehre/Technik und Partizipation
Secr. MAR 1-1
Marchstr. 23
10587 Berlin

Room MAR 1.0159

Ph: +49 (0)30 314-29637
fax: +49 (0)30 314-21120

Consulting hours by arrangement. 

Research Priority

    • Migration and Refugee Studies

    • Diversity and Social justice

    • Gender Studies

    • Black European Studies


    Studies:  Phd

    Universiteit gentCity Ghent/Country, Beligum

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    Short Introduction

    I studied at the universities of Paris (VIII) in France, and the LMU in Munich, Germany (M.A). In 2006 I completed a PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies/Anthropology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Thereafter  I worked as a researcher in various cross-border EU funded projects, and was appointed by the University of Southampton, U.K. as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2007-2010) for the EU Sixth Framework Project: SeFoNE. “Searching for Neighbours: The Dynamics of Mental and Physical Border in the New Europe” where she researched African diasporic networks in Germany, Austria & Switzerland. My current research focuses on Migration & Refugee Studies,  Black European, Gender Studies, Diversity and Social Justice.


    • 2010-2013- Diversity Marketing Manager for Stadtmarketing Mannheim LLC

    • From 2013 -  2014  I worked as a  CSR & Diversity Manager at m:con-mannheim:congress GmbH in Mannheim.

    • I organised and moderated the “Anti-Racism in Education Forum”  at the Interkultur- 2014  in Mannheim.

    • At the same time I was invited as an academic Fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (2013-2014) while being a network member of the Black Diaspora in Germany Scholars Project funded by the German

    • Research Foundation(DFG) 2010-2014.

    • Curatorial team member  in 2015 for the exhibition: (K)ein Platz an der Sonne“ für das Humboldt Lab Dahlem- Probebühne 7.

    • From January 2016 – May 2019  I worked for the Federal Employment Agency in Team -180 Migration and Refugees

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    • Year: Since 2011 Diversity

    • 2013  Social JusticeTrainer – FH Potsdam

    Teaching and Lecturing

    Guest lecturer since 2016 Bard College Berlin


    • Ellerbe, Cassandra 2018: “ Black German Women, the Matrilineal Diaspora and Audre Lorde.” In: BDG Network (ed.): The Black Diaspora and Germany/Deutschland und die Schwarze Diaspora. Münster: edition assemblage, pp. 163-177.

    • 2018 b: “ Ich bin stolz ein deutscher zu sein” Black German Males and National Pride. In: BDG Network (ed.): The Black Diaspora and Germany/Deutschland und die Schwarze Diaspora. Münster: edition assemblage, pp. 163-177.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra and Dzajic-Weber, Azra 2016: “Die Diversity- Dimension Ethnische Herkunft und Hautfarbe: Einsichten und Überlegungen aus der Sensibilisierungsarbeit. In: Handbuch Diversity Kompetenz (Hrsg.) Petia Genkova and Tobias Ringeisen. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag, pp.125-138.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra and Dzajic-Weber, Azra 2016: Hautfarbe und Alltagsrassismus. In: punktum. Schweizerischer Berufsverband für Angewandte Psychologie, pp. 8-10.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra and Wekker, Gloria 2015 “Naming Ourselves – Black Women in Europe. In: Stella Bolacki & Sabine Broeck (ed.) Audre Lorde’s
      Transnational Legacies. Amhearst : University of Massachusetts Press. pp. 55-73.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2012 – “Networks and Safe Spaces of Black European
      Women.“ In: Heidi Armbruster & Ulrike H. Meinhof (ed.) Negotiating Multicultural Europe. Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian, pp.159-184.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2012 “Gender Safe Spaces and Coming to Voice. Black Women in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.“ In: Carolin Schurr & Jeanine Wintzer (Hg.) Geschlecht und Raum feministisch denken, Bern: eFeF Verlag, pp. 89-107.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2011- The Black European Women’s Council: Thinking Oneself into the New Europe, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 4:2, pp.145-160

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2011 “Revendications politiques et émancipations des femmes noires en Allemagne et Autriche.“ Cahiers du Genre – Migrantes et Mobilisées, no. 51, 2011.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2008 “Afro-German Identities.“ In: In: Marta Sofía López (ed.) Afroeurope@ns Cultures and Identities. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing,
      pp. 126-143.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra and Wekker, Gloria 2007: Network on Ethnicity and Women Scientist – European Women Scientists, “The Position of Black, Migrant and Refugee Women in the Dutch Academy.“ – Policy Paper - VI Framework (Science and Society), project nr. 518040. (http://newscientist.ulb.ac.be/index_en.htm).

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2007 : “Making Sense in the City of Berlin“ Stimulus Respond Urban Anthropology (1), pp. 2-5 : www.stimulusrespond.com.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra and Gummich, Judy 2006: “She Gives Back”, Migrant Women’s Philanthropic Practices from the Diaspora.“ Amsterdam: MamaCash Foundation , pp 67-82.

    • Ellerbe-Dück, Cassandra 2005: “ Zwart Europa” Lover, tijdschrift over feminisme, cultuur en wetenschap. Jaargang 32 (1).

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    • seit 06-2020 - SUSI Interkulturelles Frauenzentrum e.V Berlin

    • seit 01-2020 - Frauenloop gUG

    • 2011-2019 - Eine Welt der Vielfalt

    • seit 2011 - Vorstand beim Eine Welt der Vielfalt e.V.

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