Habits of Mind, Habits of Heart: Cultivating Humanity Through a Decolonized German Studies Curriculum

  • Amanda RandallEmail author


This article outlines the stakes and practical considerations for initiatives to diversify and decolonize German Studies curricula. Despite educators’ increasing awareness of the field’s complicity in reifying systems of injustice and their efforts to reflect the diversity within the German-speaking world, German curricula often still project a monolithic and exclusionary image of “Germanness.” To diversify topics and texts without interrogating the social stratification implied in the ways that “Others” of the German-speaking world are presented (or not) is not enough; German Studies must be concomitantly decolonized. That is, where diversifying curricula entails recognizing and engaging the internal diversity and complexity of German-speaking societies, decolonizing entails recognizing, questioning, and destabilizing the hegemonies implicated in the construction of cultures, canons, and curricula.


Humanities Curriculum design Cultural narratives Positionality 


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  1. 1.St. Olaf CollegeNorthfieldUSA

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