Dr. Christian Junge

Christian Junge

Research Fellow

Contact information

+49 6421 28-24809 +49 6421 28-24829 christian.junge@staff 1 Deutschhausstraße 12
35032 Marburg
F|14 Institutsgebäude (Room: 00A42)
Di, von 11-12 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung / Tuesday, 11-12 am and by arrangement

Organizational unit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS) Arabic Studies

Main teaching and research areas

Main teaching areas

Classical and Modern Arabic Literature and Intellectual History
Islam and Christianity in the MENA Region
Theories of Literary and Cultural Studies and Social Sciences
Literary and Academic Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect

Main research areas

Affect and emotion in postmodern Egyptian literature
Literature and philology in the long nineteenth century Nahda
Postcolonial Language Criticism and Academic Arabic

Current research project

Feeling Society: Changing Affects and Emotions in Egyptian Literature, 1990 to 2020
(see e.g. Junge (2015): „Affects and Emotions as Dissent“)

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    Literature and Philology of the Nahda: Exposing Words
    (see e.g. Junge (2019): aš-Šidyāqs literarische Listen als Kultur- und Gesellschaftskritik)

    Metafiction in the Egyptian literature of the 1990ies
    (see e.g. Junge (2012): “Autobiographic Metafiction“)

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    Christian Junge is a lecturer and researcher in the field of modern Arabic literature and culture at the CNMS since 2015.

    He studied Comparative Literature and Arabic Studies in Berlin, Paris and Cairo. From 2008 to 2011, he was lecturer at the Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. From 2011 to 2015 he was fellow of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he received his PhD on literature and language thinking in the work of in the work of al-Shidyāq (d. 1887). His recent book project deals with emotions and affects in contemporary Egyptian literature from 1990 to 2020.

    He is fellow of the Arab German Young Academy, co-director of the international programm „Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel“ and founding member of the project „Für ein lebendiges Wissenschaftsarabisch: Halqa arabiyya“ (see also the digital series of lecture) at the CNMS

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen PublicationsPublications

    (Für Volltexte siehe academia und researchgate)

    Books:

    2020 (forthcoming): Arabistik – eine literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Einführung. Stuttgart: Metzler (with Yvonne Albers, Ines Braune, Felix Lang, Friederike Pannewick). Stuttgart: Metzler. 250 pp. 

    2019: Die Entblößung der Wörter. aš-Šidyāqs literarische Listen als Kultur- und Gesellschaftskritik im 19. Jahrhundert. Mit historischen Paratexten im Anhang. Wiesbaden: Reichert. 394 pp. Print and Online.
    Reviews:
    Tugrul Mende: “Christian Junge: On Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and ‘Exposing Words’”. Arablit Quarterly & Arablit, 2019. Online.
    Riḍwān Ḍāwī: „Taʿriyat al-kalimāt: Qawāʿim aš-Šidyāq al-fikrīya bi-waṣfihā naqdan iǧtimāʿīyan wa-ṯaqāfīyan fī al-qarn at-tāsiʿ ʿašar li-Kristiyān Yunġih“, al-Murāǧaʿāt – al-mulḥaq aš-šahrī li-ǧarīdat ar-Ruʾya al-ʿumānīya (August 2020), 10-11 (Print and Online).
    Shabattafahom.om (September 2020) (Online).

    2019 (together with Bilal Orfali, Maha Husami, Rana Siblini, Barbara Winckler): ad-Dirāsāt al-ʿarabiyya wa-intifādāt al-rabīʿ al-ʿarabī. Trans. Tāʾir ʿAlī Dīb. Beirut: Dār al-Mashriq. 100 pages. Print.

    Articles and Book Chapters:

    2021 (forthcoming): “Why Length Matters: Poetics and Politics of Enumeration in al-Shidyāq’s as-Sāq (1855)“. A Life in Praise of Words. Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq and the 19th Century. Fawwaz al-Traboulsi, Barbara Winckler (Eds.), Wiesbaden: Reichert. Print.

    2020: “Exposing Words Erotically – How al-Shidyāq (d. 1887) turned a Lexicon to Literature”. Fréderic Lagrange, Claire Savina (Eds.): Les mots du désir. La langue de l'érotisme arabe et sa traduction. Marseilles, 72-104. Print. 

    2020: „Doing Things with Lists: Philology as Cultural and Social Critique“, in: TRAFO. Blog for Transregional Research.

    2019: “Food, Body, Society: al-Shidyāq’s Somatic Experience of Nineteenth-Century Communities”. Julia Hauser, Bilal Orfali, Kirill Dmitriev (Eds.). Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier in the Middle East and Beyond. Leiden: Brill, 142-161. 

    2019: „Doing Things With Lists: Enumeration in Arabic Prose”. Journal of Arabic Literature 50.3-4, 278-297. Print and Online. (https://brill.com/view/journals/jal/50/3-4/article-p278_3.xml)

    2019: „Touching Language! Postcolonial Knowledge Production, Language Practice and Arabic Studies in Germany”. Middles East: Topics & Arguments 13, 28-35. Online. (https://meta-journal.net/article/view/8082)

    2017 (together with Barbara Winckler): “Opening Up the Text: Arabic Literary Studies on the Move“. Academia in Transformation. Scholars Facing the Arab Uprising. Florian Kohstall, Carola Richter, et al. (Eds.): Baden-Baden: Nomos. 69-92. Print and Online.

    2015: “On Affect and Emotion as Dissent: The kifāya-Rhetoric in Pre-Revolutionary Egyptian Literature”, in: Commitment and Beyond: Reflections on/of the  Political since the 1940s. Friederike Pannewick, Georges Khalil (Eds.). Wiesbaden: Reichert. 253-271. Print und Online.

    2012: “Genug. Schluss. Jetzt reichts! Der Kifaya-Gestus in der ägyptischen Literatur der 2000er Jahre“. Lisan. Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur. 13/14, 128–37. Print.

    2011: “Emotions in Postmodernism and Beyond. Autobiographic Metafiction in two Novels of the 1990s (Nūrā Amīn and Muṣṭafā Dhikrī)”. From New Values to New Aesthetics: Turning Points in Modern Arabic Literature. Vol. II:  Postmodernism and Thereafter. Stephan Guth und Gail Ramsay (Eds.). Wiesbaden: Harassowitz. 139–165. Print.

    2010: “I write, therefore I am. Metafiction as Self-Assertion in Mustafa Dhikri’s Much Ado About a Gothic Labyrinth”. Arabic Literature, Postmodern Perspectives. Angelika Neuwirth, Barbara Winckler, Andreas Pflitsch (Eds.). London: Saqi. 444–460. Print.

    2010: “Reading the Ruins. Repressed Memory and Multiple Identity in the Work of Sélim Nassib“. Arabic Literature, Postmodern Perspectives. Angelika Neuwirth, Barbara Winckler, Andreas Pflitsch, London (Eds.): London: Saqi. 287–301. Print.

    2004: “Die Lesart der Ruinen. Verdrängte Erinnerung und multiple Identität bei Sélim Nassib“. Arabische Literatur, postmodern. Angelika Neuwirth, Barbara Winckler, Andreas Pflitsch (Eds.), München: text + kritik. 231–244. Print.

    Articles for Lexica and Minor Works: 

    2020 (forthcoming): „Review: Benjamin Koerber: Conspiracy Theoreis in Modern Egyptian Literature. International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 52.3-4. 

    2018: “al-Shidyāq, Aḥmad Fāris (c. 1805–1887)“. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Stephen Ross (Ed.). 2016. Online.

    2018: “al-Yāzijī, Nāṣīf (1800–1871)“. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Stephen Ross (Ed.). 2016. Online.

    2018: “Zaydān, Jurjī (1861-1914) جرجي زيدان)“. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Stephen Ross (Ed.). 2016. Online.

    2017: “Šidyāq, Aḥmad Fāris aš-: as-Sāq ʿalā as-sāq fī mā huwa al-Fāriyāq“. Munzinger Online/Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Christiane Freudenstein-Arnold (Ed.). Third Edition. 2009. Online.

    2017: “Muwayliḥī, Muḥammad al-: Ḥadīṯ ʿĪsā ibn Hišām“. Munzinger Online/Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Christiane Freudenstein-Arnold (Ed.). Third Edition. 2009. Online.

    2017: ”Ǧurǧī Zaydān: Die historischen Romane”. Munzinger Online/Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. Christiane Freudenstein-Arnold (Ed.). Third Edition. 2009. Online.

    2014: “Hausboote auf dem Nil“. MYCAI-Mein Kairo, ein Stadtlesebuch zu Kairo. Jörg Armbruster, Suleman Taufiq (Ed.). Stuttgart: esefeld & traub. 139–140. Print.

    2009: “Vom Gedanken- zum Generationenroman: Mansoura Ezz Eldin”. INAMO-Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, No. 15, 36. Print.

    2009: “Sechs Versuche, das Neue in der arabischen Literatur zu finden“. INAMO-Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, No. 15. 62. Print.

    Literary Translations:

    2011: Abdo Khal, “Der einzige Ausweg”. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 12, 134–138. Print.

    2011: Miral al-Tahawi, “Der Tahrir, Platz der Befreiung”. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 11, 45–52. Print.

    2010: Tawfiq al-Hakim, “In der Blüte des Lebens“. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 10, 44–49. Print.  

    2010: Mahmoud Shukayr, “Kurzgeschichten“. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 9, 96–99. Print.

    2009: Ali Badr, “Berlin ist eine Karte, in die die Geschichte alle Widersprüche der Welt eingeschrieben hat“. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 8, 8–11. Print.

    2007: Alawiyya Subh, “Ein Roman ist wie die Liebe: Er endet, wenn die Fantasie aufhört“. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 3, 53–57. Print.

    2006: Muhammad Sayyid, “Madbuli – Ikone und Gedächtnis der ägyptischen Literatur“. Lisan – Zeitschrift für arabische Literatur, 2, 148–153. Print.

    Video Lecture:

    Area Studies and Postcolonial Philologies: Why ‘Regional’ Languages Matter to European Humanities  (Freie Universität Berlin, 09.11.2020).

    Exposing Words! : al- Shidyāq‘s (d. 1887) Literary Lists (American University of Beirut, 03.10.2019).

    Food, Body, Society: Towards a 'Somatic Critique' of Society in the Arab 19th century Nahda (American University of Beirut, 12.05.2016).

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Third Party Funded ProjectsThird Party Funded Projects

    Founding Member and Co-Director (together with Barbara Winckler/Münster and in cooperation with Bilal Orfali/Beirut):
    Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel/نحوى دراسات عربية برؤى متعددة
    International bilingual summer school program for postcolonial-sensitive summer school program.

    Summer schools in Berlin (2014), Beirut (2017), Rabat (2018) and Venice (2019)
    Third Party Funding by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Arab German Young Academy.

    Research Associate:
    „Literature, Cognition and Emotions“ (LCE)
    University of Oslo.

    Research Associate in completed projects:
    Figures of Thought / Turning Points. Cultural Practices and Social Change in the Arab World
    Director: Friederike Pannewick, Philipps-Universität Marburg.
    „Language, Philology, Culture – Arabic Cultural Semantics in Transition“
    University of St Andrews.

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    08/2021 (planned) „In Search for the Reader. New Approaches to Practices, Functions and Histories of Reading in Arabic Literature, Arts and Culture“.
    AGYA International Bilingual Summer School. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (with Barbara Winckler, Bilal Orfali und Enass Khansa).

    10/2019: "Mapping the Urban: Cities in Arabic Literatur, Culture and Society
    AGYA International Bilingual Summer School, Universität Ca‘ Foscari Venice (with Barbara Winckler/Münster, Bilal Orfali/Beirut, Tamirace Fakhoury/Beirut, Khalid Talahma/Birzeit, Antonella Ghersetti/Venice).

    11/2018: “Emotions that Matter: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Feeling, Affect, and Body in Arabic Literature, Arts, and Culture
    AGYA International Bilingual Summer School, Université Mohammed V de Rabat (with Barbara Winckler/Münster, Bilal Orfali/Beirut, Fatiha Taib/Rabat).

    11/2017: “Popkultur in Deutschland und der arabischen Welt. Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Ansätze.“
    Philipps-Universität Marburg (with Radwa Imam/ Kairo).

    09/2017: “Practicing 'Blickwechsel': Entangled Perspectives on Theory, Arts and History in the Field of Arabic Literary Studies
    AGYA International Bilingual Summer School, American University of Beirut (with Barbara Winckler/Münster, Bilal Orfali/Beirut).

    07/2017 “Philology as Literature – Literature as Philology. Critical and Aesthetical Interactions in Arabic Culture.“
    University of St Andrews (with Kirill Dmitriev/St Andrews).

    05/2017: “Popkultur und Wende im deutsch-ägyptischen Kontext.“
    University Ayn Shams, Cairo (with Radwa Imam/Cairo).

    11/2014: “Aufgezählt! Poetiken der Enumeration in den Künsten“
    Freie Universität Berlin (with Lotte Laub and Sakine Weikert/both Freie Universität Berlin).

    03/2014: “Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel - نحو دراسات عربية برؤى متعددة
    Internationaler Workshop und Sommerschule „Arabistik als Kulturwissenschaft“
    Freie Universität Berlin (with Barbara Winckler/Münster).

    12/2013: “Erudition and Commitment – a Conference in Honour of Angelika Neuwirth“
    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (with Islam Dayeh/ Berlin, Barbara Winckler/Münster, Georges Khalil/ Berlin).

    02/2011: “Vergleichende Arabische Philologien. Perspektiven der Arabistik im 21. Jhd.“
    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (with Mohand Tilmatine/Madrid).

    02/2010: “Change Through Tradition. The Role of Tradition in the Transformation of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century Levant“.
    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

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    since 2018 member of the Arab German Young Academy for Sciences and Humanities.

    since 2018 consultant for „Arabic as Academic Language
    (together with Isabel Toral-Niehoff/Berlin und Barbara Winckler/Münster).

    since 2017 founding member and co-organizer of the initiative “Für ein aktives Wissenschaftsarabisch: Halqa arabiyya“ (with Assem Hefny, Sherif El-Habibi, Eylaf Bader Eddin, Vera Tsukanovy/all Marburg).

    since 2016 consultant for “Modern Arabic Literature” of Neues Kindler Literaturlexikons (together with Friederike Pannewick (Marburg).

    since 2016 co-editor of Middle East: Topics & Arguments (META), an international peer-reviewed open access journal.

    since 2013 founding member and co-organizer of the program „Arabische Philologien im Blickwechsel/نحوى دراسات عربية برؤى متعددة“ (together with Barbara Winckler/Münster and Bilal Orfali/Beirut).

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