Identity, Affect, Alliance: Thinking Whiteness Transnationally


  • Cord-Heinrich Plinke University of Southern California



Affect, Whiteness, Queer Theory, Desidentification, Négritude


I interrogate affective investments in whiteness, both in antiracist movements and in their white-supremacist counterparts. Questioning the definition of whiteness as either race or ethnicity, I point out the affective aspects of both whiteness and racialization at large. Turning to queer of Color critique, I underline the affective dimensions of racial belonging that have to be deconstructed to effectively combat white supremacy. 

Author Biography

Cord-Heinrich Plinke, University of Southern California

Cord-Heinrich Plinke is a doctoral student in the Comparative Media and Culture Track of the PhD program in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture (CSLC). Born and raised in Germany, he was educated in North American Studies, Political Science, and Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and The University of California, Berkeley. He currently researches ethnocultural expressions of racism in Europe and the (alleged) failure of multiculturalism in both Germany and the United States. His dissertation project is on embodiment, translation, and (the limits of) empathy. Cord-Heinrich is a recipient of the Hovel Endowed Fellowship and candidate for the Graduate Certificates in Gender Studies, Translation Studies, and Visual Studies at USC. 




How to Cite

Plinke, Cord-Heinrich. “Identity, Affect, Alliance: Thinking Whiteness Transnationally”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, June 2020, pp. 18-33, doi:10.5283/copas.318.