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Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke

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Vierke, Clarissa


Literatures in African Languages


Academic Degrees

2010Doctorate: African Studies, BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Said Khamis
1999 – 2005Studies in African Studies, Social Anthropology and Literatures in African Languages, University of Bayreuth and Rijksuniversität Leiden, degree: Magister; supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gudrun Miehe


Professional Background

Since 05/2014Professor of Literatures in African Languages, University of Bayreuth
10/2013 – 02/2014

Visiting Professor, Department of Kiswahili and Other African Languages, Moi University

Since 06/2010Akademische Rätin (fixed-term); Institute of African Studies I (Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer), University of Bayreuth
10/2012 – 01/2013Parental leave
10/2011 – 04/2012Parental leave
01/2009 – 05/2010

Research Associate; Institute of African Studies I (Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer), University of Bayreuth

04/2005 – 06/2006

Research Associate; Institute of African Studies I (Prof. Dr. Gudrun Miehe), University of Bayreuth


Other

  • Co-editor of journal Matatu – Journal of African Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • Co-editor of series Archiv afrikanistischer Manuskripte, Rüdiger-Köppe-Verlag, Cologne
  • Advisory Board Member, journal Stichproben, Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien
  • Scholarship recipient in the Robert Bosch Foundation's Fast Track Programme
  • 2012 Science Prize awarded by Bayreuth's Universitätsverein
  • 2013 Winner of the DFG's Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize
Vierke, Clarissa


Literatures in African Languages


Regional:

  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania

Research Topics:

  • Swahili literature and popular culture
  • poetics/rhetoric
  • migratory texts
  • genres and motives in Africa
  • manuscript cultures
  • orality and literacy
  • Swahili intellectual history
  • literature in multi-lingual contexts
  • African history of science
  • newspaper research
Vierke, Clarissa


Literatures in African Languages


Selected publications

2017

Vierke, Clarissa; Veit-Wild, Flora
Introduction : Digging into Language
in Research in African Literatures volume 48 (2017) issue 1. - page 9-18
doi:10.2979/reseafrilite.48.1.01 ...

Kandagor, Mosol; Ogechi, Nathan O.; Vierke, Clarissa
Lugha na fasihi katika karne ya ishirini na moja : kwa heshima ya marehemu Profesa Naoma Lucher ...
Eldoret, Kenya : Moi University Press, 2017

Vierke, Clarissa
The Making of the ‘Classical’ Utenzi : a Consideration of the Early Editorial History of Tenzi ...
Lugha na fasihi katika karne ya ishirini na moja : kwa heshima ya marehemu Profesa Naoma Luchera Shitemi
Eldoret, Kenya : Moi University Press, 2017. - page 113-130

Vierke, Clarissa
Poetic Links across the Ocean : On Poetic ‘Translation’ as Mimetic Practice at the Swahili Coas ...
in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East volume 37 (2017) issue 2. - page 321-335
doi:10.1215/1089201x-4132941 ...

Reading Closely : Investigating Textuality in Afrophone Literatures
publ: Vierke, Clarissa; Veit-Wild, Flora
Research in African Literatures
2017

Vierke, Clarissa
"What Is There In My Speaking" : Re-Explorations of Language in Abdilatif Abdalla's Anthology o ...
in Research in African Literatures volume 48 (2017) issue 1. - page 135-157
doi:10.2979/reseafrilite.48.1.09 ...

2016

Vierke, Clarissa; Greven, Katharina
Critical Visions of the Future in Swahili Fiction
Dunia Yao - Utopia/Dystopia in Swahili Fiction : in Honour of Said A. M. Khamis
Cologne : Köppe, 2016. - page 7-25 . - (Verbal art and documentary literature in African languages; 36)

Dunia Yao - Utopia/Dystopia in Swahili Fiction : in honour of Said A. M. Khamis
publ: Vierke, Clarissa; Greven, Katharina
Köln : Köppe, 2016 . - (Verbal art and documentary literature in African languages; 36)

Vierke, Clarissa
From across the Ocean : Considering Travelling Literary figurations as Part of Swahili Intellec ...
in Journal of African Cultural Studies volume 28 (2016) issue 2. - page 225-240
doi:10.1080/13696815.2015.1053800 ...

Vierke, Clarissa
The ‘Unhomely’ City : a Literary Figuration in Swahili Dystopian Literature
Dunia Yao - Utopia/Dystopia in Swahili Fiction : in Honour of Said A. M. Khamis
Cologne : Köppe, 2016. - page 75-91 . - (Verbal art and documentary literature in African languages; 36)

2015

Vierke, Clarissa
Comparing the Incomparable? on the poetic use of language in Swahili Hip-Hop and "Classical" Sw ...
Habari ya English? What about Kiswahili? : East Africa as a Literary and Linguistic Contact Zone
Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2015. - page 81 . - (Matatu; 46)

Vierke, Clarissa
Some Remarks on Poetic Aspects of Sheng
Youth language practices in Africa and beyond
Berlin : De Gruyter, 2015. - page 227-255 . - (Contributions to the Sociology of Language; 105)

2014

Vierke, Clarissa
Akhi patia kalamu : Writing Swahili Poetry in Arabic Script
Arabic Script in Africa : studies in the use of a writing system
Leiden : Brill, 2014. - page 319-342 . - (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics; 71)

Vierke, Clarissa
"Im Gebälk die Fledermäuse" : Figurationen der Vergänglichkeit und der Täuschung in der klassis ...
From the Tana River to Lake Chad : research in african oratures and literatures ; in memoriam Thomas Geider
Köln : Köppe, 2014. - page 285-309 . - (Mainzer Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 36)

Vierke, Clarissa
Zur Forschungsgeschichte der deutschen Afrikanistik, ihre Anfänge und Ausrichtung, am Beispiel ...
Afrikanische Deutschland-Studien und deutsche Afrikanistik
Würzburg : Königshausen und Neumann, 2014. - page 73-92

2013

Vierke, Clarissa
Préface : L'Histoire de la langue Swahili de David Massamba dans l'histoire de la recherche et ...
Histoire de la langue Swahili : de 50 à 1500 après J.-C.
Paris : Karthala, 2013. - page 5-16

Vierke, Clarissa
Préface: Localiser Histoire du Swahili de David Massamba dans le contexte des recherches et dan ...
Histoire de la langue swahili : de 50 à 1500 après J.-C. / David Massamba ; traduit du swahili par François Devenne
Paris , 2013

2012

Vierke, Clarissa
Mafumbo : Considering the Functions of Metaphorical Speech in Swahili Contexts
Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics : African languages in context
Somerville : Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2012. - page 278-290
http://www.lingref.com/cpp/acal/42/paper2776.pdf

2011

Vierke, Clarissa
On the poetics of the Utendi : a critical edition of the nineteenth-century Swahili poem "Utend ...
Zürich, Lit, 2011(dissertation, 2010, )

Vierke, Clarissa
On the Poetics of the Utendi : A Critical Edition of the Nineteenth-Century Swahilin Poem "Uten ...
Berlin : LIT, 2011. - XVIII, 704 page . - (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung; 50)

Speech Acts and Speech Events in African Languages
publ: Sommer, Gabriele; Vierke, Clarissa
Köln : Köppe, 2011 . - (Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies; 23)

Vierke, Clarissa; Sommer, Gabriele
Speech Acts and Speech Events in African Languages
Speech Acts and Speech Events in African Languages
Cologne : Köppe, 2011. - page 11-40 . - (Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies; 23)

2010

Vierke, Clarissa
Between the Lines : Life and Work of the Lamuan Artist and Cultural Broker Muhamadi Kijuma
Muhamadi Kijuma : Texts from the Dammann Papers and other Collections
Köln : Köppe, 2010. - page 41-62 . - (Archiv afrikanistischer Manuskripte; 9)

Miehe, Gudrun; Vierke, Clarissa
Muhamadi Kijuma : texts from the Dammann papers and other collections
Köln : Köppe, 2010. - 532 page . - (Archiv afrikanistischer Manuskripte; 9)

2009

Vierke, Clarissa
Johann L. Krapf : His Life and Work in Context
Johann Ludwig Krapf : The Life and Work of a Missionary and Scholar-Traveller in Nineteenth-Century East Africa ; Proceedings of the Workshop on Life and Work of Johann Ludwig Krapf, Mombasa, September 11, 2007
Nairobi : Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2009. - page 28-49

Johann Ludwig Krapf : The Life and Work of a Missionary and Scholar-Traveller in Nineteenth-Cen ...
publ: Vierke, Clarissa
Nairobi : Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2009

rev.: Lenoble-Barth, Annie. 2009. In: Histoire & Missions Chrétiennes, 11: 190-191

Nabahany, Ahmed S.
Utenzi wa Mapisi ya Johann Ludwig Krapf wa Ujerumani : Poem about the Life of Johann Ludwig Kra ...
Johann Ludwig Krapf : The Life and Work of a Missionary and Scholar-Traveller in Nineteenth-Century East Africa ; Proceedings of the Workshop on Life and Work of Johann Ludwig Krapf, Mombasa, September 11, 2007.
Nairobi : Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2009. - page 14-26

Vierke, Clarissa
"Words do neither take roots not bear fruits in our country" : Johann Ludwig Krapf's Role as Pi ...
Johann Ludwig Krapf : The Life and Work of a Missionary and Scholar-Traveller in Nineteenth-Century East Africa ; Proceedings of the Workshop on Life and Work of Johann Ludwig Krapf, Mombasa, September 11, 2007
Nairobi : Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2009. - page 142-156

2007

Vierke, Clarissa
Of Plants and Women : A Working Edition of two Swahili Plant Poems
in Swahili-Forum volume 14 (2007) . - page 27-80
http://www.qucosa.de/fileadmin/data/qucosa/documen ...

Vierke, Clarissa


Literatures in African Languages


Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke

University of Bayreuth

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