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Peri Sipahi, M.St., M.A.

Research Assistant

English Department
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Johannisstr. 12-20
48143 Münster

Room: ES129
Phone: +49-(0)251-83-24551
E-Mail: psipahi@wwu.de

Office hours during summer semester 2022:
Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
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Peri Sipahi is a research assistant at the chair for English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at the University of Münster. She holds a M.A. in English Literatures and Cultures from Bonn University and additionally completed a M.St. in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford in 2018. Prior to her position at Münster, Peri worked at Bonn University as research assistant (maternity-leave substitute) and WHK.

Her PhD project with the preliminary title “Decolonising Anthropocene Temporalities – Representing and Imagining History, Time and Futurity in Anticolonial Climate Fiction” focuses on diversifying the climate fiction ‘canon’ as well as deconstructing the underlying (neo-)colonial discourse inherent to Anthropocene temporalities.


  • Research Interests

    • Climate fiction
    • Postcolonial theory
    • (Climate) Migration
    • Indigenous literatures
    • Environmental justice
    • Precarity studies
    • Critical posthumanism
  • Publications

    Sipahi, Peri. “Silent Signs of Remembrance – Botanical Representations of Memory in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.” Inklings Jahrbuch, vol. 36, 2020, pp. 113-128.

    Sipahi, Peri. ‘A Mighty Matter of Legend’ – Tolkien’s Rohirrim. A Source Study. Tectum, 2016.

  • Conference Papers

    "'not yet - under water' - Rejecting Victimhood and Negotiating the Implicated Subject in Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s Ecocritical Poetry”
    Contested Solidarities: Agency and Victimhood in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Anglophone Postcolonial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt, 26th – 29h May 2022 (paper accepted)

    “‘The Universe is a Memory of Our Mistakes’ – The Cyclicality of (Future) Histories in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods
    Anticipatory Environmental Histories from Antiquity to the Anthropocene, digital conference, Augsburg and Freiburg University, 24th – 25th February 2022.

    “Gothicising the Victorian Sanctuary – Boundaries and Space in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    Anne Brontë at 200 Conference, Bonn University, 17th – 18th January 2020

    “Silent Signs of Remembrance – Botanical Representations of Memory in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
    Annual conference of the German Inklings Society Flora and Fauna in Fantastic Worlds, Bonn University, 08th – 09th March 2019

  • Teaching

    SoSe 2022: Reading Class: Gruppe II, 4. Sem. (Literature & Culture), Module: Readings in Language, Literature and Culture
    Social Media, Social Movements, and Narrative | M.A. and M.Ed. Seminar, co-taught with Dr. Deborah Nyangulu

    WiSe 2021/22: “Ecocriticism, Gender and Postcolonial Theory in Contemporary Literature”, Module: Theory and Literature, B.Ed. and M.Ed. Grundschule

    SoSe 2021: Teaching “Introduction to Climate Fiction”, Module: Theory and Literature, B.Ed. and M.Ed. Grundschule

    Bonn University
    WiSe 2020/21: “Climate Change and the Anthropocene in Postcolonial Literature”, Module: Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, M.A. English Literatures and Cultures

    SoSe 2019 – SS 2020: Term Paper Writing


  • Academic Activities

    24th – 26th October 2022: Co-organiser of the Postcolonial Narrations Forum under the title: “Postcolonial Matters of Life and Death”. You can find the CfP here.

    23rd – 24th February 2022: Chair of the panel entitled “Migration and Belonging” at the symposium Agency, Community, Kinship – Representations of Migration Beyond Victimhood, hosted by the Zentrum für Erzählforschung and the Department for English and American Studies at Bergische Universität Wuppertal

    02nd – 13th August 2021: participation in the international online symposium Climate | Changes | Global Perspectives hosted by the University of Würzburg

    SoSe 19 – SoSe 2021: Co-founder and organiser of the student lecture series (Re-)Searching Voices at the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, Bonn University