Visiting Professor for Cultural Studies of the Middle East

The position of the Visiting Professor will regularly be filled for one or two semester.

The Visiting Professors enriches the academic and intellectual life of our master's programme with their special research profile and their excellence in teaching. They supervise the module "Theories und Methods" and help our students to organize the final workshop in the summer term. Our current visiting professor in 2019/20 is Prof. Dr. Tiana Koutzarova.

Prof. Dr. Tiana Koutzarova

We are very pleased to announce that In the academic year 2019-20 Prof. Dr. Tiana Koutzarova joins our institute as Visiting professor of the Cultural Studies of the Middle East.

Prof. Koutzarova is a philosopher with focus on the intellectual history of the islamicate world. After her studies in St. Petersburg, Bonn and Erlangen she was researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies and the Insitute for Philosophy at the University of Bonn, Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the Al-Ain University in the United Arab Emirates and Assistant Professor (Philosophy Program) at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. Prof. Koutzarova is convinced that „the Arabic language as lingua franca of the islamicate world should receive its rightful place as source language in historical research and philosophy.“




Prof. Dr. Charlotte Bank - Modern Art in Theory and Practices

In summer semester 2019 Prof. Dr. Charlotte Bank took up the Visiting Professorship of our Elite Master's program Cultural Studies of the Middle East. Her research focuses on contemporary art and artistic practice in the Middle East. Prof. Bank is not only a former fellow of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), but beyond academic institutions also a curator of numerous international art projects.

"It was a pleasure to work with colleagues from various disciplines.“, Prof. Bank states, „I think, these synergy effects are valued greatly by our students.“


Prof. Dr. Charlotte Bank
Institut für Orientalistik
Universität Bamberg
Schillerplatz 17, 96047 Bamberg

Tel.:+49 (0)951 863 2207[at]


Prof. Dr. Hanan Toukan in Bamberg

In the winter semester 2018/19 Prof. Toukan filled the position of the Visiting Professor in our MA program "Cultural Studies of the Middle East". Until recently, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies and History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. Her work sits at the intersection of visual cultures, cultural studies disciplines and the politics of the Middle East.

Prior to her academic career, she worked in the arts and culture sector where she
collaborated with artists, activists and writers. Prof. Toukan says: "I am very gratefull of being part of this formidable research and teaching program committed to expanding students."


Prof. Dr. Hanan Toukan


Changing Perspectives: Prof. Dr. Elke Hartmann

In the first year of our master's programme (2017/18) Prof. Elke Hartmann accepted the Guest Professorship and enriched the academic and intellectual life in our Institute. "I appreciated the interdisciplinary cooperation very much", Prof. Hartmann states.

Together with the students, in the summer term she organized an international workshop about travellers and their literatures "Reisende in und aus dem Orient und ihre Literatur(2.4 MB)" (Bamberg, 12.-13.07.2018). She is also supervising the publication of the proceedings (expected autumn 2019).

 Prof. Dr. Elke Hartmann

"In my research and teaching I aim to change perspectives: from national(ist) views to phenomena of plurality, hybridity and entanglement, from male elites in the imperial centers to marginalized regions, communities and social groups. "

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Prof. Dr. Elke Hartmann
Institut für Orientalistik
Universität Bamberg
Schillerplatz 17, 96047 Bamberg