Since May 2010: Research Associate, Junior Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate at the Chair for Culture and Migration (Prof. Kira Kosnick), Department of Social Sciences, Institute for Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt
Since September 2012: Ph.D. Candidate at the International Ph.D. Program Democracy, Knowledge, and Gender in a Transnational World (IPP Transnational), Department of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt
January – June 2014: Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (Department of Ethnic Studies)
May 2009 – May 2010: Student/ Research Assistant for the European Research Council [ERC] Starting Grant Project "Post-Migrant Socialities. Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe" (Head of Project: Prof. Kira Kosnick): http://www.migrant-socialities.de/project/
January 2010: M.A. in Philosophy (Magister Artium), Goethe University Frankfurt, M.A. Thesis on Frantz Fanon’s Theory of Colonial Alienation (Advisors: Prof. Axel Honneth and Prof. Rahel Jaeggi)
April 2003 – January 2010: Studied Philosophy, German Literature, and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt and Lumière Lyon 2 University, Lyon
Theories on Racism and Critical Race Theory, Black Diaspora Studies with a particular focus on Black Europe, Feminist Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Studies and Methodologies, Cultural Studies, Ethnographic Research Methods
The Fanonian Echo in Paris. Anti-Black Racism, Colonial Alienation and Black Activism (Advisors: Prof. Kira Kosnick and Prof. Ramón Grosfoguel)
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Thompson, V. E. (2016 forthcoming), "Black Jacobins in Contemporary France. On Identities on Politics, Decolonial Critique and the Other Blackness", in: Sociological Focus, Special Issue on Black Movements.
Salem, S. and V. E. Thompson (2015 forthcoming), "Old Racisms, New Masks: On the Continuing Discontinuities of Racism and the Erasure of Race in European Contexts", in: Ninety Sixty Nine: An Ethnic Studies Journal, Special Edition: Across Difference.
Articles and Book Chapters
Thompson, V. E. and Zablotsky, N. (2015 forthcoming), "Gleichstellungbeauftragte und Diversity-Mainstreaming als Instrumente einer nicht-diskriminierenden Hochschulpolitik?", in: Ha, N. & K. N. Ha (eds.), Geschlossene Gesellschaft? Exklusion und rassistische Diskriminierung an deutschen Universitäten, Heinrich Böll Dossier. (Equal Opportunities Officer and Diversity-Mainstreaming as Instruments for an Anti-discrimination Policy at the University?).
Thompson, V. E. (2015), "The Master’s Tools will never Dismantle the Master’s House. Frantz Fanon on the Politics of Recognition and Whiteness in Hegemonic Social Philosophy", in: Howard-Wagner, D., Watson V. & L. Spanierman (eds.), Unveiling Whiteness in the Twenty-First Century: Global Manifestations, Transdisciplinary Interventions, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 171 - 192.
Thompson, V. E. (2015), "On the Move! The Rise of a Black LGBT*Q Clubbing Scene in Paris and Negotiations within the Coloniality of the City", in: Kosnick, K. (ed.), Postmigrant Club Cultures in Urban Europe, Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, pp. 87-115.
Thompson, V. E. (2012), "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House. Frantz Fanon on Whiteness in Hegemonic Social Philosophy", in: Falkoff, N. & O. Cashman-Brown (Eds.) On Whiteness. Oxford: Interdisciplinary.net: ISBN 978-1-84888-105-1 (e-book), pp. 285-293.
Thompson, V. E. (2010), "In Sippenhaft. Negative Klassifikationen in ethnischen Konflikten von Ferdinand Sutterlüty", in: Forschung Frankfurt 2-2010.
Ehrmann, J., Thompson V. E. (2014), "Emanzipation wird erst in der Praxis denkbar, Angela Davis im Gespräch über Feminismus, Gefängniskritik und Diversity", in: Jungle World (51) 19.12.2013.(Emancipation becomes Cogitable in Practice. A Conversation with Angela Davis on Feminism, Prison Critique and Diversity).
Ehrmann, J. Thompson V. E. (2014), "Der Klang von Black Power. Interview mit Angela Davis", in Missy Magazine, 02.2014. pp. 24-26. (The Sound of Black Power. Interview with Angela Davis).
Talks and Presentations
Equal Opportunity Commissioners and Diversity-Mainstreaming as Indicators for Non-Discriminatory Academic Institutions? Workshop Difference that makes no Difference: The Non-Performativity of Intersectionality and Diversity, Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS), Goethe University, Frankfurt (together with Veronika Zablotsky), February 2015
The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's. House (?). On Difficult Conversations across Difference and the (im-) possibilities of Intersectional Critique. Postcolonial Queer Undergraduate Lecture Series, Goethe University, Frankfurt, December 2014
The Fanonian Echo in Paris. Anti-Black Racism, Colonial Alienation and Black Activism in France. Forum Transnational, International Ph.D. Program Democracy, Knowledge, and Gender in a Transnational World (IPP Transnational), Goethe University, Frankfurt, December 2014
Snow and Blow Reloaded? On Black Hair Politics and the Neo-Colonization of Desire. International Conference Material Matters in Times of Capitalist Crisis. Transnational Feminist and Decolonial Approaches, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, November 2014
Navigating the Coloniality of Space and Images in France and Black Decolonial Interventions. Conference Returning the Gaze: Blackface in Europe, European Race and Imagery Foundation (ERIF), Amsterdam, November 2014
Postkoloniale Theorien: Aufbruch und Bruch kolonialer Binaritäten. Presentation at the Educational Workshop Making History, Goethe University, Frankfurt, October 2014 (Postcolonial Theories. Departure from and Rupture with Colonial Binaries).
J’etais eduqué pour être mon principal ennemi intérieur. Anti-Black Racism, Colonial Alienation and Radical Black Activism in Paris. Guest Lecture Critical Sociology, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt/Main, January 2013
We Are Not What We Seem. Anti-Black Racism, Colonial Alienation and Radical Black Activism in contemporary France. Forum Transnational, International Ph.D. Program Democracy, Knowledge, and Gender in a Transnational World (IPP Transnational), Goethe University, Frankfurt, November 2012
Black Negotiations in Germany. Conference Inside Black Europe: Racial Configuration in Post 9/11 Era, International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE), Amsterdam, June 2012
Revisiting the Crisis of Representation. Decolonizing Participant Observation. International Conference Methodenkritik, (Be-)Deutungsansprüche in qualitativer Forschung, Goethe University, Frankfurt (together with Harpreet Cholia), May 2012
Doing Research on Everyday Racism: Collective Talking about Lived (Collective) Experiences. 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Geneva, September 2011
The Master’s Tools will never Dismantle the Master’s House. Remarks on Frantz Fanon’s Phenomenology of Racism. Conference Images of Whiteness. Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford, July 2011
Decolonizing Participant Observation. Writing one’s Privilege – some Remarks on the Ongoing Crisis of Representation. International Graduate Conference of the Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies (FRCPS) Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Contestations, Goethe University Frankfurt (together with Harpreet Cholia), June 2011
Conference and Workshop Organization
Knowing to Resist/ Resisting Knowledge (I): Epistemologies of Political Struggles and the Assembling of the Social. Workshop of the International Ph.D. Program Democracy, Knowledge, and Gender in a Transnational World (IPP Transnational) and the Historical Seminar, Goethe University, Frankfurt (co-organized with Martin Herrnstadt), May 2013
Leisure Practices of Queer Post-Migrants/ Black People/ People of Color and Urban Space. Panelorganization and Chair, European Research Council Conference New Post-Migrant Socialities. Rethinking Urban Leisure Practices in the Context of Diversity and Dominance Goethe University, Frankfurt (co-organized with Heidi Hoefinger), January 2013
War in the City. Panelorganization and Chair, Conference Decolonize the City! Decolonial Perspectives on the Neoliberal City. Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin, September 2012
Decolonizing Methodologies. Panelorganization and Chair, International Conference Methodenkritik, (Be-)Deutungsansprüche in qualitativer Forschung. Goethe University Frankfurt (co-organized with Harpreet Cholia und Darja Klingenberg), May 2012
(Trans-)Nationality, Participation and the Public. Panel Moderation, Second International Graduate Conference Emerging Forms of Sociality, Goethe University, Frankfurt, October 2010
Revolution und Postkolonialismus. Panelorganization and Chair, Conference Indeterminate! Revolution, Institut für Vergleichende Irrelevanz, Frankfurt (co-organized with Prof. Ina Kerner), November 2009 (Revolution and Postcolonialism)