is professor for Arabic Literature and Culture at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), and co-director of the research field Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures within the frame of the research program “Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe” at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin. She is the co-editor of the series Literatures in Context – Arabic – Persian – Turkish, Reichert Verlag Wiesbaden, and has published extensively on modern Arabic literature, history of ideas and theater. She is the author of a monograph on Arabic theatre, Das Wagnis Tradition: Arabische Wege der Theatralität (2000) and editor of Martyrdom and Literature: Visions of Death and Meaningful Suffering in Europe and the Middle East from Antiquity to Modernity (2004) as well as co-editor of (2012) Conflicting Narratives: War, Trauma and memory in Iraqi Culture and (2006) ArabAmericas: Literary Entanglements of the American Hemisphere and the Arab World. Publications in the field of cultural mobility and performance are e.g.: (2009) “Performativity and Mobility. Middle Eastern Performative Traditions on the Move”, in: Stephen Greenblatt, ed., Cultural Mobility. A Manifesto, Cambridge University Press, pp. 215-249 and (2010) “Historical Memory in Times of Decline. Saadallah Wannous and Rereading History”, in: Angelika Neuwirth, Andreas Pflitsch, Barbara Winckler, eds., Arabic Literature – Postmodern Perspectives, London, Saqi 2010, pp. 97-109.