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Associate Professor, Arabic Language and LiteratureBenjamin Koerber

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Phone: 848-445-0275

Office: 15 Seminary Place Room 6172, College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00


Ph.D. Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures (Arabic), University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

My research is concerned with Arabic language, literature, and culture from all periods, with a focus on intersections between literature and public culture in modern Egypt and Tunisia.

My first book, Conspiracy in Modern Egyptian Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), examines the significance of “conspiracy theory” in works by both major and marginal Egyptian authors of the last half-century.  Conspiracy theory, the book contends, operates not as a pathology in the narrow sense, but as a set of narrative tropes, interpretive frames, and aesthetic styles that structure public discourse both in literature and politics.

I am also the translator of the Arabic novel Using Life (Istikhdam al-Haya, 2014), written by Ahmed Naji and illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany. 

At present, I am researching the history of vernacular Arabic literature in Tunisia. 

My creative and critical works have appeared in Akhbar al-Adab, Banipal, Jadaliyya, the Journal of Arabic Literature, Ma3azef, The New Inquiry, and Wasla.

AMESALL Courses (Present and Future)

  • Folklore and Mythology of the Middle East
  • Arabic Graphic Narratives
  • Egyptian Arabic



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October 29, 2019 | 11:30 AM - October 29, 2019 | 01:00 PM
Mother Tongues: The Disruptive Possibilities of Dalit Feminist Vernaculars
March 30, 2019 | 09:00 AM - March 30, 2019 | 03:30 PM
K-12 Teachers Workshop: Teaching Global Africa Through its Foodways: From the Farm to the Table!
March 29, 2019 | 08:00 AM - March 29, 2019 | 10:00 PM
Global Africa, Migration and The Arts Symposium - Day 2
March 28, 2019 | 06:30 PM -
An Opera of the World Film Screening
March 28, 2019 | 08:00 AM - March 28, 2019 | 06:30 PM
Global Africa, Migration and The Arts Symposium - Day 1

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