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Dr. Rasha Chatta

Rasha Chatta



Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK26/222e
14195 Berlin


Rasha Chatta is a comparative literary and cultural studies scholar and has held teaching positions at SOAS, Bard College Berlin, and NYU London. She received her PhD in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies from SOAS, University of London. She has published essays on migrant literary theory, Arab diasporic literatures and cultures, and Arab comics in venues such as The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration, Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging, the Literary Encyclopedia amongst others. Her research interests include visual aesthetics and memory, approaches to world literature, Arab migrant and diasporic literatures, ‘alternative’ archives, and war literature with a focus on Lebanon and Syria. She is currently completing her first monograph on Arab comics and migration. Rasha was a EUME-Forum Transregionale Studien Fellow and a MECAM postdoctoral fellow between 2017 and 2021, before joining the Freie Universität Berlin as Einstein researcher. She serves as Chair of the MLA’s Global Arab and Arab American Forum.

-Near Eastern Migration in Arab Comics: A Comparative Study of (Im)migrant Stories, War Narratives, and Conflicted Memory (provisional title). In progress.

-‘Conflict and Migration in Lebanese Graphic Narratives’, in K. Smets et al. (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration. London: Sage Ltd, 2019: 597-607.

- Mutations of the Trans-Migrare: Reflections on the Aesthetics of Individuation and Un-Homing          on the Other Side of Belonging’, in F. Kläger and K. Stierstorfer (eds.), Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015: 53-69.

-‘Re-investing Spaces from the Streets to the Gutter. Sketching Feminisms in Contemporary Arab Comics’ in MAI, Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture (special issue ‘Embodying Feminist Discourse in Comics and Graphic Novels). 2023

-‘Theorising Écriture Migrante: Arab Migrant Writing in Quebec and its Transnational Dimensions’. Submitted to Comparative Literature.

-‘Le bonheur a la queue glissante’ in The Literary Encyclopedia (2017): https://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35611

-‘Comics as Witness and Testimony: an In-Conversation with Jennifer Howell’ in TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research, 2022. Forthcoming.

‘History and Visual Imaginaries in Algerian Comics and Art’ (co-authored with K. Falecka). MECAM working papers ‘Aesthetics and Cultural Practices’. Forthcoming.


-‘Rasha Chatta in Conversation with Zeina Abirached’ in TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research, 2019. https://trafo.hypotheses.org/18720.

-‘New Archival Practices: Rasha Chatta in Conversation with Joseph Kai’ in TRAFO Blog for Transregional Research, 2018. https://trafo.hypotheses.org/15129.

Articles in magazines

-‘Disegnare il battito di una città che cambia’, in Arabpop, Napoli: Tamu Edizioni, 2021 (1): 94-97.


-TRAFO Blog series ‘Aesthetic Practices and Mediated Temporalities of the Maghreb and the Mashriq’. https://trafo.hypotheses.org/32076