Sarhan Dhouib

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Sarhan Dhouib
  • Philosophy

Areas of Expertise:
German idealism; Arab-Islamic philosophy; Intercultural philosophy; Political philosophy

2013 - 2018


University of Hildesheim, Germany

Kulturwissenschaften und Ästhetische Kommunikation
Institut für Philosophie
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim


About me

The enlightenment needs to be enlightened!

My research focuses on themes revolving around German classical philosophy, political philosophy, as well as modern Arabic philosophy. AGYA has given me an opportunity to deepen my expertise by further exploring intercultural and interdisciplinary aspects of my research. With my colleagues Carola Richter, Fatima Kastner, and Florian Kohstall, I was able to consider the academic transformations that emerged after the ‘Arab Spring’ from both a theoretical and biographical perspective. AGYA’s diverse network has facilitated my adoption of an interdisciplinary viewpoint, which has yielded valuable insights for my projects. So far, I have carried out two stimulating projects in collaboration with my Algerian AGYA colleague Faycal Djeffal. The anthology Konzepte von Toleranz und Intoleranz in der arabischen Welt (De Gruyter) will be published in 2021. We also co-organized a lecture series during the 2019–2020 winter semester at the University of Hildesheim, which featured presentations by and about contemporary Arab women philosophers. These two projects have brought me into new intellectual territory, and I expect my future academic endeavours to continue to benefit greatly from my engagement in AGYA. 

Academic Career

2020 - today

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hildesheim, Germany


Visiting Researcher funded by Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University of Fes, Morocco

2019 - 2020

Research Assistant for the DFG Koselleck Project ‘Histories of Philosophy in a Global Perspective’, Department of Philosophy, University of Hildesheim, Germany


Co-operation Partner of the Collège de Tunis pour la philosophie, Tunisia

2016 - 2017

Research Fellowship, Hannover Institute of Philosophical Research, Germany


Visiting Professor of Intercultural Philosophy (Philosophie im Vergleich der Kulturen), Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany  
2011 Intercultural Award in Philosophy by the Goethe-Institute
2010 - 2019 Assistant Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Kassel, Germany 
2008 - 2009 Research Assistant for the Project ‘Selbst- und Fremdbilder in ausgewählten Schulbüchern im Nahen Osten’, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany
2004 -2009 Research Assistant at the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy (Paris) at the University of Bremen, Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany 
2004 - 2008 Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany 
2000 Research Assistant at the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for the Arabic world at the University of Tunis, Department of Philosophy, University of Tunis, Tunisia
1998 - 2000 Philosophy Teacher/Education Instructor, Ministry of Education and Learning, Tunisia
1998 - 2000 DEA (Magister), Department of Philosophy, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France


My Commitment to AGYA
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Transformation'
Task Force 'Salon Sophie Charlotte' 2017
Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' 2014

My advice to future AGYA members

I strongly believe that social transformation can only be brought about by research cooperation across geographical and disciplinary borders.

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
The Republic by Plato

Favourite novel:
The Dam (as-Sud) by Mahmoud Messadi

Best thinker/scientist from my country:
Ibn Khaldun