Professor Kader Konuk

Position: Honorary Professor
School and/or Centres: Humanities Research Centre


Location: University of Duisburg-Essen


Comparative Literature, Universität Paderborn, 1999 Thesis: Identities in Process: Literature in German, English, and Turkish by Women Authors from Turkey. Advisor: Gisela Ecker. MA (with distinction) 1994 Women and Literature in English, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of Hull. BA (equivalent), 1992 English Language and Literature, Political Science, Pedagogy, Universität Köln.

Kader Konuk is professor and associate chair of Turkish studies at the University Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Prior to this, between 2001–2013, she was an assistant professor and, subsequently, associate professor of comparative literature and German studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the USA. Her research focuses on ethnic and religious communities in the Ottoman Empire, Germany, and Turkey, and examines discourses, cultural practices, and disciplinary formations that are shaped by migration and exile. Her monograph, East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey (Stanford UP 2010), for example, investigates the relationship between German-Jewish exile and the modernization of the humanities in Turkey. East West Mimesis won the annual prizes for the best book in both of her disciplines—it was selected for the René Wellek Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association and received the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) award from the German Studies Association. In 2017, she co-founded Academy in Exile, a third-party- funded consortium that has offered 78 scholars-at-risk from 15 different countries fellowships to resume their research in Germany.

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