Dr. L. (Lida) Amiri

Dr. L. (Lida) Amiri

Universitair docent

Dr Lida Amiri’s research focuses on the literary and linguistic study of diaspora literature, interpreted in the light of extended socio-political discussions, in accordance with the globalizing and cross-cultural movement underpinning it. Funded by the Funds for Women Graduates, she obtained her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature by completing her dissertation entitled ‘Re-thinking World Literature and Diasporic Writing: the Case of Afghanistani Translingual Authors Khaled Hosseini and Atiq Rahimi’ at the University of Liverpool. She obtained her master’s degree in literary and linguistic studies at the University of Wuppertal and was awarded various scholarships ranging from the Fulbright Program to Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst allowing her to study at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and also gain teaching experience at Webster University and the University of Melbourne. 

As a former refugee from Afghanistan, she is uniquely positioned to complete the first book-length comparative study of English, French, and Persian literature of the Afghan diaspora by 2024. Her monograph, Voices of Afghanistani Diasporas: Translingual Aesthetics in Contemporary Literature, which is contracted to Edinburgh UP, centers on the translingual writing practices of diasporic Afghan writers. Dr Amiri further studies traditional Persian calligraphy from the 15th century and contemporary Nastaliq-inspired calligraphy in the context of current exilic aesthetics by Afghan writer-artists (open access link under profile).

With her recent publication entitled “Journalism as Dialogue: Creating Collective Activism Through the Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani”, published in the edited collection Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani (2023), she contributed to research in contemporary Persianate and Refugee Studies. In the RMA Comparative Literary Studies masterclass ‘On Refugee Poetics: Cross-cultural studies of marginalized voices’, students organized the European booklaunch of Boochani's monograph and interview with him (see event link under publications).


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