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Felix Lang

Felix LangPhD, Studied Arabic and Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews from 2005 to 2009, before writing his M.A. dissertation on the impact the commodification of the music of the Sufi Gnaoua brotherhood has had on the soundscape of the Moroccan town of Essaouira.

In 2014 he completed a PhD in Arabic Literature and Culture at the University of Marburg with a thesis entitled "Imperative to Remember? The Lebanese Literary Field and the Post-Civil War Novel" which has recently been published as "The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel: Memory, Trauma, and Capital" with Palgrave Macmillan.

He is now a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Arabic Literature and Culture at the University of Marburg and coordinator of the "Figures of Thought | Turning Points" research group (DFG-Leibniz).

Currently, he is working on a postdoc project on Syrian cultural production and the transformations of intellectual and artistic space since the beginning of the revolution/civil war.


Main research areas

anthropology of literature
contemporary Arabic literature
memory, trauma, transitional justice and literature
Syria, Lebanon


Current research project

The transformations of Syrian intellectual and artistic space since 2011




(2016) "The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel: Memory, Trauma, and Capital." Palgrave Macmillan.


(2016) with Théoleyre, Malcolm (eds.). Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol.6, Spring 2016: "The Rebel".

(2015) "Redeemed from Politics: Notions of Literary Legitimacy in the Lebanese Literary Field". In: Pannewick, Friederike / Khalil, Georges (eds.): "Commitment and Beyond. Reflections on/of the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s", Wiesbaden: Reichert.

(2014) "Ghosts in The Archive—Lebanon’s Second-Generation Post-War Novelists and The Limits of Reconstruction" in Contemporary French & Francophone Studies: Sites, vol.18 (5).

(2013) Essay on the Lebanese novelist Iman Humaidan. In: Heinz Ludwig Arnold (ed.): Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. München: Ed. Text + Kritik. 90. Nachlieferung.

(2008) "Bambara, Bambara! Bunte Gewänder, Open Air: Wie die Kompositionen der marokkanischen Gnaoua als Weltmusik verkleidet wurden" in Süddeutsche Zeitung, 30.10.2008.


(2016) The Literature of the Lebanese Diaspora: Representations of Place and Transnational Identity, written by Jumana Bayeh. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 9.1. p. 127–29.

Conference papers and lectures

"Tales of Trauma and Capital. The Second Generation of Lebanese Post-Civil War Novelists." Lecture at the Department of English, American University Beirut, 13/10/2015.

"Der libanesische Bürgerkriegsroman und Literatur als soziale Praxis", conference paper, Social Turn in der Literatur(wissenschaft)?, University of Münster, 3-5 December 2014.

"Traumatizing the Civil War", conference paper, Between Politics and Healing: Understanding Trauma in Conflicts and Recent Violent Transformation Processes from a Comparative Perspective, University of Cologne 20-21 November, 2014.


"Ghosts in the Archive: the civil war in the works of second generation post-war novelists in Lebanon", conference paper, War, Memory and Amnesia: Francophone Perspectives on Lebanon, University of Leeds 6-7 June 2013.

"A Twofold 'Imperative to Remember': The Lebanese post-war novel", conference paper, Regarding the Past: Agency, Power and Representation, Marburg, 1-3 November 2012.



"Memory for the Future? The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel", seminar, postgraduate level.

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