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Vierke_Clarissa1 Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke
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Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Literatures in African Languages


Clarissa Vierke, born in 1979, has been professor of Literatures in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth since 2014. With a scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation, she studied African Languages, Anthropology and Literatures in African Languages at the University of Bayreuth and the Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. She wrote her PhD about the specific poetics of a narrative peotic genre from the Swahili Coast in Eastern Africa. Since then, she has worked on manuscript cultures in Eastern Africa and travelling texts along the East African Coast from Kenya to Mozambique and across the Indian Ocean. She has also expanded her interest in Aesthetics to focus on other poetic genres.

In 2012, she won the Wissenschaftspreis of the University of Bayreuth and the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-prize of the German Research Council (DFG).

Academic Degrees

2010 Doctorate: African Studies, BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Said Khamis

1999 – 2005 Studies in African Studies, Social Anthropology and Literatures in African Languages, University of Bayreuth and Rijksuniversität Leiden

Professional Background

Since 2014Professor of Literatures in African Languages, University of Bayreuth 

2013 – 2014Visiting Professor, Department of Kiswahili and Other African Languages, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

2010 – 2012 Assistant Professor („Akademische Rätin auf Zeit“) at the Institute of African Linguistics I, University of Bayreuth

2009 – 2010 Research Associate at the Institute of African Linguistics I, University of Bayreuth  

2006 – 2008 Scholarship of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des dt. Volkes) 

2005 – 2006 Research Associate; Institute of African Linguistics I (Prof. Dr. Gudrun Miehe), University of Bayreuth

                             

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Vierke_Clarissa1

Faculty of Languages & Literatures
Literatures in African Languages


I am a specialist of Swahili Language and Literature with an interest in more far-reaching literary connections and entanglements across the Indian Ocean and the African continent. My research has often taken a historical perspective: having widely worked on various poetic genres found in Swahili manuscripts of the 18th and 19th century. However, I have also extended my focus on contemporary poetry, like hiphop and newspaper poetry. A question that recurs throughout my research is how poetic form creates its powerful effect, echoes ideas of aesthetics, and shapes people’s lifeworlds. 

Research topics:

  • Comparative Literary Studies with a focus on Africa 
  • Swahili Literature and Popular Culture
  • Manuscript Cultures in Africa
  • Orality and Literacy
  • Poetics and Aesthetics
  • Travelling Texts in the Indian Ocean area
  • Swahili Intellectual History
  • Literature in Multi-lingual Contexts
  • Research History with respect to African Languages and Literatures

Regional:

  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Tanzania