School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Nazli Nikjamal


Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures



Dr Nazli Nikjamal is a comparatist and reception studies scholar. In 2018 she obtained her PhD at Queen Mary University of London with a thesis that employed an interdisciplinary approach to studying comparatively the concept of ‘Heimat’, a formative element of German collective identity, and its equivalent in Iranian culture, ‘Vatan’ in the work of German-Iranian writers. Nazli has given papers on Navid Kermani, a renowned German writer of Iranian origin, as well as on SAID, an Iranian poet living in exile in Germany. In her most recent presentation as an invited speaker at the CLSGC Comparative Disciplines Series ‘Linguistics, Literature and Law’ she addressed the methodology of comparative literature. 

While working on her PhD, Nazli held a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) doctoral research scholarship at Universität zu Köln (The University of Cologne), which facilitated her carrying out of fieldwork in Germany.

Prior to arriving at Queen Mary University of London for her doctoral studies, Nazli completed her Master’s thesis in Tehran on the reception in Iran of the Austrian author Stefan Zweig and on the influence of Zweig’s literature on the work of Bozorg Alavi, a prominent Iranian novelist. She had started learning German at Deutsches Sprachinstitut Teheran (DSIT) and later received a scholarship from Goethe-Institut, which allowed her to continue her language training in Hamburg. After coming back to Tehran, she worked as a German teacher and completed the Fortbildungslehrgang Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Didaktik (Further Teacher Training. German as a Foreign Language in Theory and Practice) at DSIT. Before turning to the Humanities, Nazli was engaged in the discipline of mathematics. Her first degree is in biomedical engineering. Nazli sings in a choir as a medium of bringing cultures together and building bridges between ‘East’ and ‘West’.  


Research Interests:

Post-1900 German literature, especially authors being linked to immigration (Migrationsliteratur); Reception Studies with special reference to the reception of German thought and letters in Iran; Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies; Post-colonial theory; (German) Orientalism, in particular Persianism (Herder and Goethe); German-Iranian cultural relations and intellectual interaction from the age of the Enlightenment to the present day