Universität Erfurt



Dr. Mara Albrecht

Lehrstuhl für Geschichte Westasiens
Philosophische Fakultät
Universität Erfurt
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt
Tel: 0361/ 737 4445
Fax: 0361/ 737 4419
Email: mara.albrecht@uni-erfurt.de


Ph.D., Middle Eastern History, University of Erfurt (dissertation handed in: summer semester 2014)
Title of dissertation: War of Symbols – Political Parties and Political Culture in Lebanon (adviser Birgit Schäbler)

M.A., History and Political Science, University of Hamburg, 2007
Concentrations: Middle Eastern History, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations
Thesis: The civil war and its impact on the political and socio-economic position of the Druze community in Lebanon (adviser Helmut Mejcher)



Assistant Professor (candidate for habilitation), since October 2014
Title of habilitation project: Urban Spaces and Cultures of Violence in the British Empire - Belfast and Jerusalem

MA-Program Coordinator MESH (Middle Eastern Sociology/Anthropology & History), since 2011

Research Associate and Instructor, January 2009 - January 2012
University of Erfurt, Chair of West Asian History
Research project: "Von Milizen zu politischen Parteien? Die Entwicklung von Gewaltgruppen zu politischen Akteuren im Libanon" (German Research Foundation - DFG)

Junior Scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, Oct-Dec, 2010

Organisation of the 15th annual congress of the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) at the University of Erfurt, Oct 2-4, 2008

Research Associate and Instructor, October 2007 - December 2008
University of Erfurt, Chair of West Asian History

Teaching Assistant, October 2006 - July 2007
University of Hamburg

Research Associate, 2004 - September 2007
University of Hamburg, “Research Unit of Wars, Armament and Development” (FKRE) of the Department of Political Science


Teaching Experience:

  • The party and militia system in Lebanon from a historical perspective
  • Rulership and Governance in Lebanon
  • The Development of Nationalisms in the Levant
  • Contemporary cultural theories and their applicability in Middle Eastern history
  • Migration in the Middle East
  • The beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (1896-1948)
  • The history of Lebanon
  • The civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990)
  • Violence, orders of violence and milieus of violence in the Middle East
  • Revolt and revolution: The independece intifada in Lebanon 2005
  • MESH German introductory course
  • Bilad al-Sham - A spatial history
  • The civil war in Lebanese commemorative culture
  • "The Other" - Minorities in the Middle East
  • Divided cities - Beirut, Belfast and Jerusalem
  • Borders and Boundaries in the Middle East
  • Spaces and cultures of violence
  • The Middle East Mandates
  • Women Travellers in the Middle East
  • (Urban) Violence and the British Empire: Uprisings in Ireland and Palestine
  • Rule and Governance in Lebanon 
  • The Development of Nationalism in the Levante 
  • Mobility in the Middle East
  • Applied Transculturality 
  • Urban Space and Political Culture in Lebanon 1943-2005


Field and Archive Research:

  • London (September 2018)
  • Belfast (September 2017)
  • Belfast and Dublin (July 2016)
  • Belfast (March 2016)
  • Lebanon (February - March 2013)
  • Lebanon (October - December 2011)
  • Lebanon (August - September 2010)
  • Lebanon (September 2009 - March 2010)
  • Leoben (January - March 2009)
  • Lebanon (August - September 2008)
  • Egypt (February - March 2005)



  • Area Studies Transregional
  • German Historians' Association (Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands, VHD)

  • German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)

  • German Oriental Society (DMG)

  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

  • Working Group „Orders of Violence“ of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)

  • Working Group World Regional and Global History (AG Weltregionale und Globale Geschichte)



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