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 theses 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

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.

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.

Batul Saidhaydari, in: Saër Maty Bâ & Immanuel Ness (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (to be published in 2014).

Mohmmad Hossain Mohammadi, in: Saër Maty Bâ & Immanuel Ness (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (to be published in 2014).

‚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.

Der Begriff islah als Islam-inhärente Institution am Beispiel von Ali Schariati, [The Term islah as an islam-inherent institution demonstrated by the example of Ali Shariati], in: Der Islam, Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients, 79/2002, S. 316-333.

Books

Affect and dialogism in the works of Paul Auster and Zadie Smith

Specters of Ethics [Anthology in cooperation with Susan Arndt and Rinaldo Walcott to be published in 2014].

Afghan (-istani) – Nation and Narration in Afghan Post-Colonial Postmodernities [Anthology in cooperation with Anders Widmark –University of Uppsala and Abbas Poya – Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg to be realized in 2015].

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.

Book Reviews

Joseph, Suad (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures – Family, Law and Politics, General Editor, Vol. II, Brill, Leiden 2005, in: Der Islam, Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients, in: Der Islam, Zeitschrift for Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients, 85/2011, S. 435-37.

John L. Esposito, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York u.a. 2003, in: Der Islam, Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients, 85/2011, S. 433-34.

Holger Preissler/Heidi Stein (Hrsg.), Annäherung an das Fremde, Stuttgart 1998, 638 S. (Vorträge/XXVI. Deutscher Orientalistentag vom 25. bis 29.9.1995 Leipzig. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft: Supplement 11), in: Der Islam, Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients, 81/2004, S. 167-170.

Talks_Paper Presentations
“Outlook - (Germany’s) Future in a Globalized World” - Chair and Round Table Moderation (together with Akiiki Babyezisa) at BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, University of Bayreuth, 27th June 2014.
“Book Launch and Presentation ‘Afrofictional In(ter-)ventions’” - Round Table Moderation (together with Julia Dittman) at BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, University of Bayreuth, 26th June 2014.
“Workshop – Sharing our Tomorrows – On Malcom X - notions of nation and diaspora and Afghan Diaspora Literature, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, 30th January 2014.

“Workshop – Hope and Mobility in Forming Futurities – (together with Lena Kroeker&Florian Stoll) at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, 9th January 2014.

„(Becoming-) Major in Metropolitan Post-Colonial Space”, Paper Presentation at the conference Decolonize the City!, Berlin 21th -23th September 2012.
“Modern Afghan Literature between Nation and Diaspora“ Lecture at fundraiser performance „Afghanistan – History und Literature“, at the Children’s and Family Centre Augustinus Freibug/Germany, 26th July 2012.
Organization of the Musical and Literary Benefit Performance “Afghanistan – History und Literature“, at the Children’s and Family Centre Augustinus Freibug/Germany, 26th July 2012.
„(Religious) Othering – Can Scientology in Germany be seen as a case in point?“ Course lecture at the University of Alberta - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies – Religious Studies (in the framework of a Assistant Professorship candidacy, 30th March 2012.

„The Order of things and Signifying Practices – Towards Critical “Oriental” Studies?” Lecture at the University of Alberta - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (in the framework of an Assistant Professorship candidacy, 29th March 2012.

“Conceptions of Be-Longing in North American Muslim Diasporic Literatures” Presentation at the Research Seminar Postcolonial and Gender (Literary) Theory – The Politics and Poetics of Transcultural Encounters, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bayreuth, 8th February 2012.
“Muslim North American Diasporas“ Presentation at Forum INPUTS - Institute for Postcolonial and Transcultural Studies, University of Bremen, 12th January 2012.
“Musik und Be-Deutung - Die Re-Produktion von Selbst-Bildern und utopischen Vorstellungen vor dem Hintergrund hegemonialer Machtgefüge im Feld kultureller Praxen“, Seminar Lecture given at the Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, 5th August 2011.
“Edward W. Said. Orientalism – the Construction and (Epistemic) Violence of ‘Culture’ and ‘Science’ as ‘Knowledge’”, Public Seminar Lecture given at the Albert Ludwigs Univrsity Freiburg, 21th July 2011.
“Towards an Epistemology of Postcolonial Knowledge Production?”, Research Paper for the International Graduate Conference 2011, Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Contestations: Decolonizing the Social Sciences and the Humanities at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, June 2011.
“Islam - Signifying Otherness and Resistance in the Post-Colonial Wor(l)ds”, Paper Presentation at 22nd ASNEL/GNEL (Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English) Conference, Leibnitz University Hannover, 3th  June 2011.

“African Diasporas and/in Europe”, Round Table Moderation at BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, University of Bayreuth, 26th May 2011.

“Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders”, lecture given at BIGSAS Festival of African and African Diasporic Literatures, Universtiy of Bayreuth, 25th May 2011.
“Gender. Myths – Masks – Subject positions – and beyond”, lecture given at Mobility, Migration and Gender Conference, University of Freiburg, Department of Gender Studies 17th /18th February 2011.
“Text and Context in Postcolonial Studies”, lecture given at the University of Bayreuth, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, 12th December 2010.
“Translocal Spaces – Heterotopias. Postcolonial De/EnCodings of Corporeality and Rights in the Texts of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak und Toni Morrison”, Lecture at the University of Basel, Center for Gender Studies – Research School Program, 12th December 2008.

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