Anis Ben Amor

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Anis Ben Amor
  • Literature & Cultural Studies

Areas of Expertise:
European ethnology; Cultural theories; Humanities methodologies; Comparative literature; Surrealism and African literature; (Post-)Apartheid literature; Translation; Teaching German as a foreign language

2016 - 2021


University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia

Higher Institute of Humanities
Department of Applied Languages
26, Avenue Darghouth Pacha
1007 Tunis

+216 260 739 86
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About me

My research lies at the intersection of literary, cultural and translation studies, and deals with education policy. Since joining AGYA, memorable projects have included a series of meetings in 2016 with high-ranking Tunisian scholars and decision-makers on higher education reform and, in 2018, a conference on the ‘Impact of Education on Employment: Cases from Germany and Arab Countries’. Fellow AGYA member Stefan Maneval and I organized a project titled ‘Tunis Encounters: Migration in Aesthetics and Literature’. Focusing on translocal and transcultural migration and the mixing of aesthetic and literary forms, we produce a series of publications bridging literature, art, and academic fields like comparative literature, art history, musicology, Middle Eastern studies, and translation studies. In another project, fellow AGYA member Luise Fischer and I analyse capacity building needs and opportunities among staff in higher education in Germany, Tunisia and other Arab countries, particularly in the social sciences, humanities and arts. Our analysis will inform policy recommendations for higher education reform.
As an AGYA member, I enjoy establishing cooperation and new research opportunities with partners from Germany and Arab countries in the field of education.

AGYA facilitates knowledge not only between research disciplines, but between societies.

It has helped me see things from different perspectives, while also achieving tangible results. 

Academic career
2018 - today Member of the National Commission of Foreign Languages at the Ministry of Higher Education, Tunisia
2017 - today ÖSD examiner for German language proficiency from A1 to C1
2017 - today Head of Department of Applied Languages at the Higher Institute of Humanities, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
2016 - today Sworn Translator and Interpreter of German Language at the Tunisian Ministry of Justice
2014 - today Assistant Professor at the Higher Institute of Humanities, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
2013 - 2014 Project Leader for German-Tunisian DAAD-Funded Project ‘Tunisia in Transition’
2013 - 2014 Professional training in ‘German-as-a-Foreign-Language (DaF) Teaching and Didactics’, Goethe Institute of Tunis, Tunisia
2011 - 2013 Program Coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Tunis, Tunisia
2011 PhD in Literary Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
2004 MA in Literary and Cultural Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


My Commitment to AGYA
Former AGYA Co-President
Former Member of the AGYA Steering Committee
Member in Charge of the Working Group Arab and German Education
Task Force AGYA’s Online Annual Conference in Kuwait (2020)
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' (2017-2020)

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

Favourite novel:
The Dam by Mahmoud Messadi (Arabic: Al-Sod)

The scientist from my country you should know:
Tahar Haddad, Tunisian scholar and reformer