AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future
On various occasions, AGYA has offered me the opportunity to explore the potential for collaboration between the humanities and the arts, allowing me to overcome certain limits and conventions of academic work to explore my creative potential and connect with a broader audience at the interface of science and society.
I was one of the first cohort of AGYA members and a co-founder of the Working Group ‘Common Heritage and Common Challenges’. In 2015, I organized the group’s first major conference on Malta as a site of cultural and natural encounters with my fellow AGYA members Jens Scheiner and Kirill Dmitriev. Papers were presented at relevant sites rather than in conference venues, which brought us into contact with local partners like the Heritage Malta agency, a local saltwater plant, and an NGO working with refugees.
In 2016, I co-convened an interdisciplinary conference on food as a cultural signifier with Bilal Orfali and Kirill Dmitriev at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Orient Institut Beirut (OIB). At the end of the conference, Brigitte Caland, a scholar and cook, prepared an Abbasid dinner. In 2019, with Konstantin Klein and Lena-Maria Möller, I co-organized a conference on Cultural Heritage in Conflict, again at AUB and OIB. In this context, I chaired a panel discussion with artists Ali Cherri, Abed al-Kadiri and Alfred Tarazi, as well as writer Hoda Barakat, on the role of the arts in reflecting the destruction of cultural heritage. This discussion offered fascinating insights into how scholars, writers, and artists can enter into dialogue.
2020 - today
|Research grant for second book (Habilitationsstipendium) from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Germany|
|Affiliated Scholar at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India|
|Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grant, Max Weber Foundation (India, UK, USA)|
2014 - 2020
|Assistant Professor of Global History, University of Kassel, Germany|
2013 - 2014
|Research Group Leader, Göttingen Humanities Graduate School, University of Göttingen, Germany|
2012 - 2013
|Research Associate and Lecturer, History Department, University of Göttingen, Germany|
|2012||PhD in Modern History (summa cum laude), University of Göttingen, Germany|
|2011 - 2012||Doctoral Research Grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Germany|
|2010||Doctoral Research Fellow, Orient Institut Beirut, Lebanon|
|2008||Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Rice University, Texas, USA|
|2007 - 2010||PhD candidate in DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Generationengeschichte, University of Göttingen, Germany|
|2005||MA in Modern History (with distinction), University of Göttingen, Germany|
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Former Member in Charge of the Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges 2014–2015
- Task Force AGYA Photo Competition, jury member 2019
- Task Force Salon Sophie Charlotte 2020/21
My advice to future AGYA members
Take advantage of the opportunities for travel and mobility offered by AGYA. Acquaint yourself with the working conditions of young scholars in your partner countries. Get inspired by interdisciplinary exchange. Appreciate the fact that the AGYA office team lends fantastic support in organizing conferences.
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
'Jenseits des Eurozentrismus', edited by Sebastian Conrad and Shalini Randeria, was one of the first books in Germany that offered a critique of national history, instead proposing to look at transnational and global processes. While this book was first published in 2001, the attempt to move beyond Eurocentrism is an ongoing project. National history still dominates school curricula and museum exhibits, and Germany is only just starting to come to terms with its colonial past and the repercussions of that past on the present.
The Memoirs of Emily Ruete, which counters stereotypes about the ‘Orient’ held in nineteenth-century Germany.