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Dr Saadi Nikro

Critical Theory

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

Norman Saadi Nikro has Australian and Lebanese backgrounds, and has been residing in Berlin since 2007, where he is currently a research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. He studied critical theory and cultural studies, and gained his doctoral degree in 1998, on art, literature, theatre, and cultural production by migrants with non-English backgrounds in Australia.

He has published essays in the journals Southerly, Postcolonial Text, Plurale: Zeitschrift für Denkversionen, El Shuara, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Life Writing, Dialog, and Memory Studies. He has contributed chapters for edited volumes, including “The Arab Australian Novel: Situating Diasporic and Multicultural Literature”, in The Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English: The Politics of Anglo Arab and Arab American Literature and Culture (2013).

He teaches part time in the Department of English Literature and Cultural Studies at Potsdam University, Germany, where he gained his Habilitation degree in 2013. At Leibniz-ZMO he is a member of the Trajectories of Lives and Knowledge research group, and is writing a book on the biographical impulses in the work of Edward Said. He has published two books with Cambridge Scholars Publishing—The Fragmenting Force of Memory: Self, Literary Style, and Civil War in Lebanon (2012), and Milieus of ReMemory: Relationalities of Violence, Trauma, and Voice (2019).