Barbara Winckler

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Barbara Winckler
  • Arabic Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Modern Arabic literature and culture; Periodical research; Debate cultures and media transitions in the ‘Long 19th Century’; Literature and art of post-war Lebanon

2014 - 2019


University of Münster, Germany

Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies
Schlaunstr. 2
48143 Münster

+49 251 832 4571
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About me

Through its regular meetings and various formats, AGYA has given me the opportunity to build lasting relationships with colleagues from various disciplinary and regional backgrounds, allowing us to develop ideas for cooperation over a longer period of time.

As a ‘second generation’ AGYA member, I had the incredible opportunity to be involved in building the AGYA community and shaping its processes and procedures from the very start. Thinking beyond the limits of my usual professional life in a wide range of AGYA activities has been one of the most challenging but also rewarding experiences of AGYA membership. My favourite projects have included a 2016 cross-cultural translation workshop for students from Münster and Tunis, as well as an annual summer school for Arab and European Ph.D. students in Arabic Studies, which has been running since 2017, with  sessions held in Beirut, Rabat, and Venice. Two major conferences on ‘Migration and Transnational Cooperation in Higher Education’ (2016) and ‘The Place of Humanities in Research, Education and Society’ (2019) also allowed me to venture into the field of science policy, tackling topics of local and global relevance with Arab and German scholars, university officials and representatives of funding institutions. As an alumna, I will continue to co-organize the Arabic Studies summer school and am currently involved in the publication of the interdisciplinary AGYA volume Thinking Through Ruins. 

Academic Career

2020 - today

Senior Lecturer (Akademische Oberrätin), Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, Germany

2017 - today

Deputy Speaker of smartNETWORK (a network of graduate schools in the humanities and social sciences), University of Münster, Germany

2014 - today

Co-Founder of the Arab-German Summer School Program ‘Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel / نحو دراسات عربية برؤى متعددة’ (

2013 - 2020

Junior Professor for Modern Arabic Literature and Culture, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, Germany

2012 - 2014

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Modern Arabic Literature (EURAMAL)

2011 - 2016

Dilthey Fellowship, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany  
2011 - 2013 Acting Chair for Arabic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2010 Hedwig Hintze Dissertation Award, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2009 - 2010 Research Fellow, Center for Literary and Cultural Studies (ZfL), Berlin, Germany
2009 Ph.D. at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


My Commitment to AGYA
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group ‘Common Heritage & Common Challenges’ 2017–2019
Active AGYA Alumni Co-Speaker
Contribution to the BBAW Salon Sophie Charlotte 2022

My advice to future AGYA members

AGYA membership offers unique opportunities to think outside the box and build professional and personal connections with colleagues and institutions from a wide range of disciplines and countries. Be open to such new experiences and try your hand at activities beyond your usual academic life!