AGYA Member

Christian Junge

Middle East Studies, Arabic Literature

Areas of Expertise:
Modern Arabic Literature and Culture, Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Emotion and Affect Theory, Literary Anthropology, Critical Philology, Arabic as Scientific Foreign Language

About me

I’m a lecturer and research assistant at the Center of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Philipps-University Marburg. My research focuses on Modern Arabic Literature and Culture. In my first book, I have discussed ‘Nahda’ as an expression of social and cultural criticism in the Arabic literature and philology of the 19th century. My current book project deals with affects and emotions in Egyptian literature from 1990 to 2020 and analyzes feeling in society.

As a member of AGYA I contribute to facilitating the exchange of experiences between Arab and European researchers and fostering the active use of academic Arabic in European research, for instance by co-organizing an AGYA International Bilingual Summer School. In addition, I seek to promote interdisciplinary and intercultural research in the field of emotion and affect in the form of a conference or book project.

Current projects

Academic Career


since 2015


Lecturer and Research Assistant at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany




Dr. phil. in Arabic Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


2011 - 2015


PhD-Fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


2008 - 2011


Lecturer at the Seminar Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany




M.A. in Comparative Literature and Arabic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


Selected Publications

  • 2018 (forthcoming) Wörter entblößen! aš-Šidyāqs literarische Listen als Zeitkritik. Wiesbaden: Reichert. Print and Online.
  • 2018 'Opening Up the Text: Arabic Literary Studies on the Move'. Florian Kohstall, Carola Richter, Sarhan Dhouib, Fatima Kastner (Eds.): Academia in Transformation. Scholars Facing the Arab Uprisings. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 69-92. Print and Online.
  • 2015 'On Affect and Emotion as Dissent: The kifāya-Rhetoric in Pre-Revolutionary Egyptian Literature'. Friederike Pannewick und Georges Khalil (Eds.): Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the Political since the 1940s. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 253-271. Print and Online.

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