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Victoria Mummelthei, M.A.

Victoria Mummelthei
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Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik

Arabic Studies

Research Associate

Deputy study advisor master's programme; responsible for the scholarly communication of Arabic Studies as well as the ERC project "Kalīla and Dimna – AnonymClassic" (websites, social media, print products)

Fabeckstraße 23/25
Room 1.2011
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 71036

Office hours

Only by prior appointment via Acuity Scheduling:  https://askmummelthei.as.me .

Alternatively during the semester in the chat, on Monday between 10 am and 12 pm: https://whereby.com/askmummelthei 

Professional Career

From 2015 Research associate (praedoc), Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, subject area: Arabic studies; fields of research: modern Arabic literature, literary and translation theory, Arab folklore, digital humanities.
2012–2015 Studies of Arabic language and literature, Kurdish (Northern Kurdish/Kurmancî) language and literature, poetics of translation (courses in frame of August Wilhelm von Schlegel Guest Lectures), Freie Universität Berlin, degree: Master of Arts (M.A.), thesis: Sadness in the love poetry of Nizar Qabbani
2011–2014 Project assistance, Institute for Kurdish Studies, Berlin, field of work: dictionaries (Central Kurdish/Soranî and Northern Kurdish/Kurmancî)
2012–2014 Student assistant, Institute for Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, area of studies: Kurdish studies
2010–2012 Student assistant, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, area of studies: ERC-project Rediscovering Theological Rationalism in the Medieval World of Islam, rsearch unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World (under the direction of Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmidtke)
2008–2012 Studies of Arabic language and literature, Persian and Kurdish (Central Kurdish/Soranî), poetics of translation (courses in frame of August Wilhelm von Schlegel Guest Lectures), Freie Universität Berlin, degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), thesis: The "uncanny" woman in Surat Yusuf
2005/6 Stay abroad in United Arab Emirates

Academic Administration

Since April 2020 Deputy study advisor master's programme Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East
Since February 2019 Representative of the research associates within the Department Council of the Department of History and Cultural Studies
Since July 2018 Member of a working group on the conception of an English-language master's program in Arabic, Iranian, Islamic, Jewish and Semitic Studies as well as Turkology.
Since 2017 Member of  the Digital Humanities working group of the Department of History and Cultural Studies

Since April 2016

Responsible for internet and Facebook pages of Arabic Studies (as well as the affiliated ERC projects since 2018)

Since April 2015

Deputy study advisor master's programme Arabic Studies

Conference and event organisation

Since 2016 regularly June of each year

Planning and coordinating the programme of events for the Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies within the framework of the Long Night of Sciences (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften)

March 2018 Documents and Manuscripts in the Arab-Islamic World, The Seventh International Society of Arabic Papyrology (ISAP) conference, co-organized with the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Humboldt Universität, Papyrus Collection of the Egyptian Museum, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.


2018 Funding for an innovative teaching project by the SUPPORT für die Lehre of Freie Universität Berlin
Seminar "Thousand and One Nights"
Summer 2018
Co-developed and co-taught with Kathrin Wittler of the Peter Szondi Institute for Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
50 students from both Arabic Studies and Comparative Literatures
Two integrated poster sessions


Victoria Mummelthei teaches courses for students of bachelor's as well as master's programmes, esp. in modules concerning Arabic literature.

Lectures in summer 2019

  • 14286 Lektürekurs
    Dichtung von Nizar Qabbani (Victoria Mummelthei)
    Zeit: Mo 10:00-12:00 (Erster Termin: 08.04.2019)
    Ort: 2.2059 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Lectures in summer 2018

  • 14282 Seminar
    Tausendundeine Nacht (Victoria Mummelthei)
    Zeit: Di 12:00-14:00 (Erster Termin: 17.04.2018)
    Ort: 2.2058 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Lectures in winter 2017/18

Lectures in summer 2017

  • 14285 Vertiefungsseminar
    Koran und Literaturtheorie (Victoria Mummelthei)
    Zeit: Mo 14:00-16:00 (Erster Termin: 24.04.2017)
    Ort: 1.2052 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Lectures in winter 2016/17

Lectures in summer 2016

Lectures in winter 2015/16

Lectures in summer 2015

PhD project

A corpus-linguistic study of the styles and topics of the poetry of the Syrian writer Nizar Qabbani (1923–1998)

Tags: corpus linguistic – love poetry – emotions in literature – cognitive-linguistic theories of metaphors – research of motives – quantitative text analysis – dolor and ingenium – ġazal ...

Focus of research:

  • Arabic literature as world literature,
  • translation studies,
  • modern Arabic poetry and prose,
  • exile literature,
  • "Orientalism" in literature, music, film and painting,
  • Arab folklore, traditions and popular culture,
  • methods and theories of literary studies applied to Arabic studies.

Further fields of interest:

  • digital scholarship,
  • metaphor and motif research,
  • emotion research,
  • expressionist literature,
  • lyrics as literature,
  • film studies.