Dr. Mariam Popal

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Mail: mariam.popal(at)uni-bayreuth.de
Tel: 0921-55 5429

 


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Mariam Popal’s  academic fields are ENGLISH & POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES. She is working on her second thesis at the Department of English & American Studies at the University of Bayreuth on the concept of ‘touching' and the works of Paul Auster and Zadie Smith.

Her PhD was awarded summa cum laude. It is a work on the meanings of ‘Law’/‘Sharia’ from the perspectives of Feminist Postcolonial Studies within methodological approaches of Comparative Law (Department of Middle East Studies/University of Hamburg/Germany).

Her research foci are:

(Feminist) De-/Postcolonial Studies, Ethics, (Postcolonial) Shakespeare Studies, Literary Theory, Affect Theories, especially humor, Modern English/American Literatures, Modernism, Virginia Wolff, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance, Toni Morrison, American Short Stories, Film Theory & Photography  Studies, Critical Race Studies and Representation Theory, Critical Inter-artity Studies within different critical movements,  Diaspora Studies, images of Afghanistan in English Literatures and Modern Afghan Literatures & Cultural Studies, anti-Muslim racism, Neo-Orientalisms, Postcolonial ‘New Materialism(s)’.

Some of her publications include:

Articles:

Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders, in: Susan Arndt/Nadja Ofutey-Alazard (Eds.), Afrofictional In[ter]ventions – Revisiting the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-13, Münster: edition assemblage 2014, pp. 67-74.

Objektivität – Desiring Subjects [Objectivity – Desiring Subjects], in: Susan Arndt / Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Ed.),Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk, Unrast Verlag 2011, S.463-483.

‚Gender‘. Myths – Masks – Subjectpositions – and beyond [Gender‘. Mythen – Masken – Subjektpositionen – und beyond], in: Freiburger Geschlechterstudien, Ausgabe 25/2011, S. 47-64.

Heine and the Orient? – Between Subjectivity and Othering or How the Other came to Germany – saw and – ? [Heine und der Orient ? – Zwischen Subjektivität und Veranderung oder Wie das Andere nach Deutschland kam – sah – und ?], in: Lawrence I. Conrad/Benjamin Jokisch/Ulrich Rebstock (eds.), Fremde, Feinde und Kurioses. Innen- und Außenansichten unseres muslimischen Nachbarn. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Gernot Rotter, de Gruyter 2009, S. 67-114.

Head Scarf Hip Hop – Bodies Narrating (Other) Stories [Kopftücher HipHop - Körper sprechen schweigend (andere) Geschichten], in: Kien Nghi Ha, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Sheila Myrosekar (eds.), Re/visionen – Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People auf Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und auf Widerstand in Deutschland, Unrast Verlag 2007, S. 87-109.

Books:

Sharia a Religious Law - a Construct? Reflections on the Analysis of Islamic Law based on Methods of Comparative Law and from a Post-Colonial Perspective [Die Scharia, das religiöse Recht – ein Konstrukt? Überlegungen zur Analyse des islamischen Rechts anhand rechtsvergleichender Methoden und aus Sicht post-kolonialer Kritik] Peter Lang 2006.

 

CV

Current Position:

 
Since 10/2014 Research Staff of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies & habilitation candidate (second theses) at the Department of English & American Studies/University of Bayreuth.

Academic Positions:

 
Aug-Sep 2014 DFG-Research Fellow at the Department of Islamic-Religious Studies (DIRS) at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg with a project on Gayatri Spivak and Kimberle Crenshaw and ethics_rights_law in a globalized world.
May-July 2014 Research Fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Nov 2013- Jan 2014 Research Fellow at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Since Oct 2011 Research and Teaching Fellow at the Department of English&American Studies - University of Bayreuth/Germany.
Mar 2011 – Sep 2011 Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor i. s.) at the Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Department of Middle East Studies. Courses in Islamic Studies and Postcolonial and Critical Theory (graduate classes), language & meaning construction and classes in Persian (undergraduate course).
Oct 2008 – Mar 2009 Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor i. s.) at the Department of Middle East Studies, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg with focus on Postcolonial Studies and Cultural Studies: Islamic Law and Cultural Studies, Diaspora Theory/Afghan-Persian Literatures (graduate classes) and Persian (undergraduate course).

Education:

 

2005

Theses Defence and Ph.D. award with “highest honors"(summa cum laude).
D. Phil., thesis: “Sharia as Religious Law - a Construct? Reflections on the Analysis of Islamic Law based on Methods of Comparative Law and from a Post-Colonial Perspective”. University of Hamburg, funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

1998 Magistra Artium (M.A.) "with great honor" (magna cum laude) at the University of Hamburg. Major Field of Study: Middle East Studies.
Minor Fields of Study: Political Science and German Literature/Film Studies.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles

“Mattering Matters - (in) Photography”, in: Katharina Fink, Susanne Gerhard, Nadine Siegert, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - FAVT – Future Africa Visons in Time, 2017, pp.183-189.

“Photo-graphs – Moving Mo(ve)ments of Things to Come”, in: Katharina Fink, Susanne Gerhard, Nadine Siegert, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - FAVT – Future Africa Visons in Time , 2017, pp. 175-180.

„Anti-muslimischer Rassismus – dekolonial“ in: Iman Attia & Mariam Popal, (Guested.), Zur Kritik westlicher Islamdiskurse – Kehrt der Faschismus wieder? - Das Argument Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften – 319/ 58. Jahrgang, Heft 5, pp. 651-661.

Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders, in: Susan Arndt/Nadja Ofutey-Alazard (Eds.), Afrofictional In[ter]ventions – Revisiting the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-13, Münster: edition assemblage 2014, pp. 67-74.

Panel Discussion – African Diasporas and/in Europe (Cristina Ali Farah, Biyi Bandele, Sabrina Brancato, Phillipa Ebéné, Jean-Luc Raharimanana and Rinaldo Walcott – Chair: Mariam Popal), in: Susan Arndt/Nadja Ofutey-Alazard (Eds.), Afrofictional In[ter]ventions – Revisiting the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-13, Münster: edition assemblage 2014, pp. 105-118.

‚Gender‘. Mythen – Masken – Subjektpositionen – und beyond [‚Gender‘. Myths – Masks – Subjectpositions – and beyond], in: Freiburger Geschlechterstudien, Ausgabe 25/2011, S. 47-64.

Zivilisiert/wild [Civilized/wild], in: Susan Arndt / Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Ed.),Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk, Unrast Verlag 2011, S. 278-78.
Objektivität – Desiring Subjects [Objectivity – Desiring Subjects], in: Susan Arndt / Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Ed.),Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk, Unrast Verlag 2011, S.463-483.
Kopftuch [Headscarf], in: Susan Arndt / Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Ed.),Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissensarchiv deutsche Sprache. Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk, Unrast Verlag 2011, S. 389-402.

Gaze – Jenseits vom Orient und von Zivilisierungsmissionen [The Gaze – Beyond the Orient and Beyond Civilizing Missions], in: Abbas Poya/Maurus Reinkowski (eds.), Das Unbehagen in der Islamwissenschaft. Ein klassisches Fach im Scheinwerferlicht der Politik und der Medien, transcript 2008, S. 283-300.

Kopftücher HipHop - Körper sprechen schweigend (andere) Geschichten [Head Scarf Hip Hop – Bodies Narrating (Other) Stories], in: Kien Nghi Ha, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Sheila Myrosekar (eds.), Re/visionen – Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People auf Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und auf Widerstand in Deutschland, Unrast Verlag 2007, S. 87-109.

Heine und der Orient ? – Zwischen Subjektivität und Veranderung oder Wie das Andere nach Deutschland kam – sah – und ? [Heine and the Orient? – Between Subjectivity and Othering or How the Other came to Germany – saw and – ?], in: Lawrence I. Conrad/Benjamin Jokisch/Ulrich Rebstock (eds.), Fremde, Feinde und Kurioses. Innen- und Außenansichten unseres muslimischen Nachbarn. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Gernot Rotter, de Gruyter 2009, S. 67-114.

Editorships

„Das Argument - Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften ”– 319 - Zur Kritik westlicher Islamdiskurse – Kehrt der Faschismus wieder? 58. Jahrgang - 2016, Heft 5., (Guesteds. with I. Attia).

Books

Die Scharia, das religiöse Recht – ein Konstrukt? Überlegungen zur  Analyse des islamischen Rechts anhand rechtsvergleichende Methoden und aus Sicht post-kolonialer Kritik [Sharia as Religious Law - a Construct? Reflections on the Analysis of Islamic Law based on Methods of Comparative Law and from a Post-Colonial Perspective], Dissertation Universität Hamburg, Peter Lang, 2006.

Talks_Paper Presentations (Selection)

“Planetary Futurity within Aporias in Toni Morrison’s Home”, at the International Conference ‘Global Morrison’ University of Greenwich, London, 27th and 28th June 2017.

„Planetarian Citizenship - Die Rhetorik von ‘Krise’ als Chance von Kritik und pädagogisches (Hochschul-) Handeln durch und in (Diasporische(n)) Erzählungen“ – at symposium „Flucht und gesellschaftlicher Frieden“, 21 Jan 2017, W3 - Werkstatt für internationale Kultur und Politik e. V. , Hamburg.
“Wo/andering - What Matters in Time - Re-mapping imagined Geo-Graphies”, BA Publication Workshop I “Visions of Future reflect a variety of different temporal contexts”, 15-16 Dec 2016, University of Bayreuth.
 “Contrapunctual Reading and Improvising Futures”, at the seminar - Intertwining Muses? A Comparative Approach to Literature and Music, ACLA Annual Conference March 2016, Harvard University.
“How You See: Invading Questionaries ’n the Image, its music and text”,  presentation as part of the FAVT-Exhibition and a following public talk (via skype) with Abdi Osman, Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Feb 11th 2016.
“Specters of Ethics in the Trails of Knowledgeing - Arresting Times in the Pauses for Touching Ethics”, in: Beyond the Master’s Tools - Post- and Decolonial Approaches to Research Methodology and Methods in the Social Sciences, University of Kassel, 14-15 January 2016.
“The (Con-) Textual Aesthetics of Philosophical Imagining in Feminist Postcoloniality”, panel-paper in the annual meeting „Feminisms Reloaded: Umkämpftes Terrains in Zeiten von Antifeminismus, Rassismus und Austerität“, Justus-Liebig University, 3-5 December 2015.
“Re-Orientier-ungen - Die Ordnung und Verknüpfungen rassistischer (Feind-) Bilder und Epistemologien neuen Denkens„ lecture in the framework of the Lecture Series Anti-Muslim Racism organized by the PoC-University-Group University of Mainz, 15th July 2015.
“Ideology and Metonym – Beyond Post-Humanism and Towards a De-Humanization Epistemology”, International Workshop “Stuart Hall’s Legacy for Thinking Tomorrows Planetarily - Representation, Language and Postcoloniality in Posthumanism and Beyond”, in Honor of Stuart Hall, 3th – 4th July, Department of English & American Studies/Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - University of Bayreuth.
“Aporia and Futurtiy – Limits as beginning and the Ability to Imagine Alternatives”, as chair and organizer of the panel and roundtable - Arrays of Futurity – Narrations ‘n Africa” at ALA 2015 6th June 2015 and BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures from 2th to 6th June at the University of Bayreuth.
A  Trajectory of Arjun Appadurai’s Works and Concepts”, presentation within the frame of  - Working Group  E Future as Commodity and In(ter)vention: Narration, Knowledge and Technology - Plenary Session May 2015 at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.
„About Narration“ presentation in Plenary Session Panel of the Workging Group E of the Academy of Advanced African Studies, Future as Commodity and In(ter)vention – Narration, Knowledge and Technology, 24th April 2015, University of Bayreuth.
“Space-time in/and the ‘Visual’ in Narration - (internal) sights and (future) horizons”, presentation at the Post-Doc Workshop of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, 5th February 2015 in Thurnau.
“Shakespeare ‘n Juliet & Romeo – Trans-Formation Processes in Pre-Post-Colonial Wor(l)ds”, at the: International Symposium “Knowing Shakespeare. Manuscripts, Intertextuality & Translation”, , 28th-29th January 2015, University of Bayreuth - Department of English & American Studies.
„Islamische Religionspädagogik als kritische Lehre?“, Ringvorlesung WiSe2014/2015 - Islamische Religionspädagogik in Theorie und Praxis, Fachbereich 04 Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, 18th Dec 2014.
“Signs and Transcultural Signifying Practices of the Ethical? Performances of Heterotopic Belonging in Hegemonic Con-Texts, International Conference - Material Matters in Times of Crisis Capitalism: Transnational Feminist and Decolonial Approaches // Materialität im Krisen-Kapitalismus: Transnational-Feministische und Dekoloniale Perspektiven // Cuestiones Materiales en tiempos del capitalismo de crisis: enfoques transnacionales feministas y decoloniales,: Institute of Sociology, Justus-Liebig Universität, Giessen. 13th – 15th November, 2014.
“Book Launch and Presentation ‘Afrofictional In(ter-)ventions’” - Round Table Moderation at BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, University of Bayreuth, 26th June 2014.

Supervision

Mentor – PhD Projects Heinrich Boell Foundation

Supervisor  - BA, MA & PhD Works - Department of English&American Studies/University of Bayreuth

 

 

Podcasts

This Interview with Radio Dryeckland, the oldest free radio station of Germany/Freiburg im Breisgau is a short introduction on occasion of a talk and debate on Critical Whitenesse Studies in German contexts. The interview is in German language. More about the context here

‘I believe yeh’ – film gallery of creeds - A theater project of the Theater Freiburg (Germany)
(“Ich glaub schon…” eine Filmgalerie der Glaubensbekenntnisse – Theater Freiburg)
In my statement regarding the term, concept and idea of ‘believing’ I take the Jewish German poet H. Heine as a starting point for future hopes to come. The Interview is in German language. More about the context here