Susanne Stemmler (PhD) is a post-doctoral fellow of the Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin. She studied French literature and culture and was a lecturer of French and Media Studies at the University of Düsseldorf (Germany). She is the editor of the book, Hip-hop and rap music in Algeria, France, Italy, Cuba and Latin America (2007),the author of Topographies of the Gaze: Orientalism in French 19th Century Literature (2004) and various articles on urban culture, migration, diversity and hip-hop in New York, Paris, Marseille, Algiers, Dakar and also on francophone literature and cinema in North- and Westafrica.She is currently working on a book on rap music and immigration in New York, Paris and Berlin. Susanne was a visiting fellow at Columbia University in Fall 2005, and at the Bronx African American History Project at Fordham University in Spring 2007. She conducted fieldwork in the Bronx and also took part in some of the interviews. She recently has curated the panel and film series "Sounds of New York" (featuring Henry Chalfant with the German release of "From Mambo to Hip-Hop. A Bronx Tale", Joe Bataan, Joe Conzo sr., Tony Touch, La Bruja, Juan Flores) and the conference „New York - Berlin: Cultural Diversity in Urban Space" (with Mark Naison, Marshal Berman, David Maurrasse, Nancy Foner) at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.