Dr. Felix Lang
Research Fellow, Koordinator der Forschungsgruppe "Denkfiguren | Wendepunkte"
Contact information+49 6421 28-25078 felix.lang@staff 1 Deutschhausstraße 12
F|14 Institutsgebäude (Room: 02A12)
Main research areas
Anthropology of literature
Contemporary Arabic literature
Memory, trauma, transitional justice and literature
PhD, 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 case study of Syrian cultural production and the transformations of intellectual and artistic space since the beginning of the Syrian revolution/the war in Syria in the context of a postdoctoral project on the role of public diplomacy organisations in the MENA cultural space(s).
Cultural intervention and the war in Syria - Transformations of the field of cultural production and the role of European public diplomacy
This project explores the role of European PDOs for Syrian cultural producers in exile between 2011 to 2018. The main hypothesis is that public diplomacy institutions to a certain extent have come to replace institutions of the national field which have become dysfunctional for an important segment of cultural producers and consequently play a significant role in the transformations of the field of cultural production which is currently in progress. In particular, the PDO’s intervention would seem to lead to (1) the opening up of a new space of possibles; (2) the reversion of the hierarchies between producers; (3) the reversion of the hierarchy of genres; (4) a partial re-definition of the values of the field; (4) a split between national and exilic cultural production.
This project is part of a larger postdoc project on the role of European public diplomacy organisations (PDOs) in contemporary MENA cultural production. It is conducted in cooperation with the ERC Project Social Dynamics of Civil Wars (Giles Dorronsoro, Pantheon-Sorbonne).
(2016) "The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel: Memory, Trauma, and Capital." Palgrave Macmillan.Articles
(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.
(2018) forthcoming, with Richard Jacquemond (eds.). Culture and Crisis in the Arab World: Production and Practice in Conflict. London: I.B.Tauris.
(2018) forthcoming. "Beauty, Goodness, and Bombs: The Role of Political Crisis in Structuring the MENA Field of Cultural Production." In Culture and Crisis in the Arab World: Production and Practice in Conflict. Richard Jacquemond and Felix Lang, eds. London: I.B.Tauris.
Lang, Felix. "The Lebanese Post-civil-war Novel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 April 2018.
(2017) "Nichts als Trauma? Der libanesische Nach-Bürgerkriegsroman aus literatursoziologischer Perspektive." In Social Turn? Das Soziale in der gegenwärtigen Literatur(-wissenschaft). Haimo Stiemer, Dominic Büker, and Esteban S. Martinez, eds. Pp. 137–60. Weilerswist: Velbrück.
(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
"Bourdieu, Latour, and Rasha Abbas. A Methodological Experiment on the Transformation of Networks." Conference paper, “Because of the War…” – Tracing Transformations in/of the Syrian Field of Cultural Production, Centre for Near-and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), University of Marburg, 26-27 July 2017.
"The Lebanese Post-Civil War Novel". Workshop paper, Learning for the Syrian case? Prospects and challenges of different transitional justice initiatives, Workshop Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin, 2nd-3rd December 2016.
"Beauty, Goodness, and Bombs: The Role of Political Crisis in Structuring the MENA Field of Cultural Production." Conference paper, Arab Cultural Fields in Crisis, IREMAM (CNRS/AMU), Aix-en-Provence, 7-8 November 2016.
"The War in Syria and the Transformation of Networks of Literary Production." Conference paper, Literary Networks and Cultural Collaborations, Birkbeck, London, 29 October 2016.
"The Author as Hero(ine) - Syrian Authors and Interpretive Schemata in the European Cultural Field(s)." Conference paper 12th EURAMAL Conference, Oslo, 30 May - 4 June 2016.
"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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