DR. HAMID TAFAZOLI
German and Intercultural Studies
Hamid Tafazoli is currently Privatdozent of German Contemporary Literature and for Intercultural Studies at the Department of German of the University of Bielefeld. He was born in Iran, studied in Iran and Germany and graduated with a MA in German and Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Indo-European Languages (Persian Languages) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster. As scholarship holder of the Goethe-Institute, he has received a certificate of the Goethe-Institute and of the University of Kassel for Teaching Foreign Languages. He has a Ph.D. in German and Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Indo-European Languages from the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster with the monograph “Der deutsche Persien-Diskurs” (summa cum laude). Before he came to the University of Bielefeld, he was Senior Researcher at the Institute of German Language, Literatrue and for Intercultural Studies at the University of Luxembourg. He also was Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, research assistant and instructor at the Department of Germanics of the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tafazoli's major fields of research and teaching are literary theory, German literature from 1700 to 1900, German contemporary literature, Persian Language & Culture from ancient to the modern Iran. He is also interested in the encounter between European and Persian Literature and Culture in the period of 1700 to 1900 as well as in the modern period, Literature and Human Rights, Postcolonial Studies, and Intercultural Studies. He is the author of the monograph Der deutsche Persien-Diskurs, co-author of the collection of essays on External Space - Co-Space - Internal Space: Heterotopias in Culture and Society and author of many articles on German and Persian Literature.
Teaching & Research Interest:
German Literatur from 1700 to 1900
German Contemporary Literatur
Classicism & Romanticism
Literature & Migaration
Persian and German Literature
German and Persian Languages at all levels
Persien im Spiegel Deutschlands. Konstruktionsvarianten von Persien-Bildern in der deutschsprachigen Literatur vom 18. bis in das 20. Jahrhundert, Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2018. (upcoming)
External Space - Co-Space - Internal Space. Heterotopias in Culture and Society, Bielefeld: Asithesis, 2012. (With Richard T. Gray)
Der deutsche Persien-Diskurs. Zur Verwissenschaftlichung und Literarisierung des Persien-Bildes im deutschen Schrifttum von der frühen Neuzeit bis in das neunzehnte Jahrhundert, Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2007.
Persian and Iranian Studies