AGYA Member

Sarhan Dhouib


Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
German Idealism, Arab-Islamic Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Political Philosophy

About me

I am an Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the University of Kassel and Fellow of the 'Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover' with a background in German Idealism, Intercultural Philosophy and Political
Philosophy. My current research focuses on the philosophy of human rights viewed from a trans-cultural perspective.

A special field of my work is to establish cooperations between German and Arab universities particularly by supporting young scholars and organizing international conferences. Over the past years I have launched several European-Arabic exchanges on topics such as tolerance, justice, or transcultural philosophy.

Besides my areas of interests in the philosophy of human rights, the ethics of globalization and transcultural theory, I have, as a member of the AGYA, considerable interdisciplinary research experiences. My hope is to encourage a constructive dialogue between the natural sciences and humanities which will have a positive impact on both academia and civil society.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Transformation: The aim of this group is to provide an insightful and illuminating view of the transformation of the academic landscape in the aftermaths of the uprisings in the Arab world. It analysis how the academic discourse in and on the MENA region has changed and reflects how the ongoing transformation processes shape fields of inquiry, methodological tools and academic institutions in different disciplines. Part of my responsibilities is to plan and co-edit the group’s publication.
  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • 2013-2015: Head of the German-Arab research group of young academics: Responsibility, Justice and Culture of Memory (Verantwortung, Gerechtigkeit und Erinnerungskultur), supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Since January 2010: Participation in the Research Project Ethics of Globalization (Ethik der Globalisierung), University of Kassel (Research Focus: Human Rights in Arabic-Islamic Philosophy)

Academic Career

2010 - Assistant Professor, Institute of Philosophy, University of Kassel; Germany
2008 - 2009 Scientific staff member, Georg-Eckert-Institute of International Textbook Research; Braunschweig, Germany
2008 PhD in Philosophy, University of Bremen; Germany and University of Tunis; Tunisia
2007 - 2010 Lecturer, Institute of Philosophy, University of Bremen; Germany
2004 - 2010 Scientific Staff Member, German section “Human Rights and Cultures” of the European UNESCO Chair of Philosophy; Paris, and Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen; Germany
1998 - 2002 Teacher Instructor for Philosophy and Didactics of Philosophy; Mednine, Tunisia
2000 MA (DEA) in modern Philosophy, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Paris, France

Selected Publications


  • Dhouib, S. (ed.). (2015). Toleranz in transkultureller Perspektive, Weilerwist: Velbrück Wissenschaft.
  • Dhouib, S. (2014). „Unrechtserfahrungen und die kritische Funktion der Menschenrechte“, in Sarhan Dhouib (ed.), Demokratie, Pluralismus und Menschenrechte. Transkulturelle Perspektiven, Weilerwist: Velbrück Wissenschaft, 177-190.
  • Dhouib, S. (ed.). (2012). Kultur, Identität und Menschenrechte. Transkulturelle Perspektiven, Weilerwist: Velbrück Wissenschaft.

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