Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies


Since Dec. 2007 Lecturer in Swahili Language and Literature, Department of African Studies, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin
2000-2007 Lecturer in Swahili Language and Literature, Institute of African Studies, University of Cologne

PhD in African Studies (Swahili Literary Studies), University of Cologne (“summa cum laude”); Thesis “Die Ausweitung der Gesellschaftskritik in den swahilisprachigen Romanen der Schriftsteller Euphrase Kezilahabi und Said Ahmed Mohamed” (The Swahili Novel Beyond Criticizing Society: A Comparative Dialogical Reading of Euphrase Kezilahabi’s and Said Ahmed Mohamed’s Novels); scholarships by Heinrich Böll Foundation and Sulzmann Foundation


Expert interviews und archival research, University of Dar es Salaam, State University of Zanzibar (both Tanzania), University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University (both Kenya), University of Botswana (Gaborone, Botswana)


Project of establishing a permanent exhibition on German-Tanzanian colonial history in Arusha, Tanzania, financed by the CDG/ASA programme


M.A. in African Studies, Medieval and Modern History, and Political Science, University of Cologne (“with excellence”); Thesis “Metaphern und Allegorien im Frühwerk des swahilisprachigen Schriftstellers Euphrase Kezilahabi” (‘Metaphors and Allegories in the Early Works of Swahili Writer Euphrase Kezilahabi’; Best Thesis Award, Philosophische Fakultät (Faculty of Humanities)

1999 Expert interviews, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1998/1999 East African Studies, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, academic year abroad sponsored by ERASMUS
1997 Intensive course Swahili, Taasisi ya Kiswahili na Lugha za Kigeni (Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages), Zanzibar, Tanzania, sponsored by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)