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

Academic Career

since 04/2011

associate professor of African Literatures and Cultures at Humboldt University, Berlin


Studies of Romance, German and Comparative Literature and African Studies in Bochum, Paris and Cologne


Master in Comparative Literature, focus on Africa and the Caribbean, at Sorbonne Nouvelle (Université de Paris III)


Master in Romance Philologie /French, Spanish) and minor in German philology, at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum


researcher in the special research unit "Identity in Africa" at University of Bayreuth


PhD scholarship by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes


PhD in Romance and Comparative Literature completed at the University of Bayreuth

04/2001- 03/2002:

lecturer at the chair for Romance and Comparative literature at the University of Bayreuth

10/2002 – 09/2010

assistant professor Berlin of African Literatures and Cultures with foci on orality, gender and West Africa at Humboldt University, Berlin

since 2003

member of the centre for transdisciplinary gender studies at HU-Berlin


DAAD-visiting professor at the Université de Lomé


Feodor-Lynen-scholarship by Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung at Université Laval in Québec

2012-2014; 2018-2020

Head of Department African Studies at HU-Berlin at the Institute of Asian and African Studies HU-Berlin




Project leader of „Medienwechsel und Intermedialität in togischen Kulturen/Media Change and Intermediality in Togolese Cultures“ in collaboration with Dotsé Yigbe, Université de Lomé, funded by Alexander von Humboldt foundation



Vice-Dean of Study Affairs at the Faculty of Social, Cultural and Educational Sciences HU-Berlin



Project leader of „Afrikanische KindersoldatInnen in Literatur und Film. Repräsentation, Diskurs, Ästhetik/ African child soldiers in Literature and Film. Representation, Discourse, Aesthetics“, funded by DFG (German Research Council)



Scholarship at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Africa multiple cluster of excellence at the University of Bayreuth


Project leader of „New Configurations of the Cultural Field. The Role of Conficus-Institutes in East- and West Africa Konfuzius-Institutes“, sib-project of the research consortium  De:Link / Re:Link – Local perspectives on transregional (dis-)entanglements, funded by BMBF (German Ministery for Education and Research) 



Research stays in Senegal, Togo, Belgium, DRCKongo, Ghana, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenia