Jihad Karim, M.A.


Jihad Karim studied English Language and Literature, Creative Writing at Sulaymaniyah University, Kurdistan-Iraq and Newcastle University, UK. He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. His PhD project aims at implied readers across Anglophone world including Nigerian, Caribbean and Kurdish literature from a narratological perspective. Since October 2018, Jihad holds a scholarship with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  

Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
Raum IG 5.211, 60629 Frankfurt am Main                         

E-Mail-Address: j.karim@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Mondays, 13:30 – 14:30


Research Interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Kurdish Literature from Iraq
  • Refugee Literature
  • Literature and Translation
  • Narratology: Multiple Implied Readerships Theory

Current research project

PhD Project: (working title) From the implied author to its multiple implied readers: (Un)initiated implied readers of Nigerian, Caribbean and Kurdish Sorani Novels

supervisors: Prof. Dr. Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Prof. Dr. Astrid Franke (Tübingen University)

Selected presentations

  • Conference presentation: "Multiple Implied Readers in Chinua Achebe´s Things Fall Apart" at the "Trajectories and Transitions of (Post)colonialism" International Conference, organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Birbeck College, University of London and online, 10-11 September 2022
  • Conference presentation: “All aboard, the death-coach will sail soon: Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains and the fate of refugees in Australia”, Displacement, Emplacement, and Migration: An Interdisciplinary Conference, organized by Bamberg Graduate School, Germany, 24-26 June 2022

Professional Memberships

  • GAPS (Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies)
  • GRADE (Goethe Graduate Academy)
  • European Narratology Network (ENN)


  • Human Capacity Development Program (HCDP): Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Germany


  • Proseminar: Introduction to Narratology: Current Trends and Applications, Goethe University Frankfurt. Summer semester 2022.