Nadia Butt gained her PhD from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, entitled “Transcultural Memory and Globalised Modernity in Contemporary Indo-English Novels” in 2009, which was funded for three years by Friedrich-Naumann Foundation. Ms Butt received her Master’s degree in British and American literature from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. During 2000 and 2003, she also worked as freelance journalist in Lahore, contributing to several major Pakistani daily newspapers and magazines. Ms Butt has taught British and Postcolonial literatures at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Muenster. Since October 2009, Ms Butt has been Lecturer in English in the Department of British and American Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany. She has mainly published articles in the areas of Indian literatures in English, Asian British literature and British films. Her main areas of research are transcultural theory and communication, memory studies, and South Asian Anglophone literatures. Since October 2014, Ms Butt has been working on her post-doctorate project.


Transcultural Memory and Globalised Modernity in Contemporary Indo-English Novels. Edited by Astrid Erll and Ansgar Nünning. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015.

Major Publications in the area of memory studies:

(2009) “‘Strange Encounters:’ Negotiating the Ambivalence of Transcultural Memory in Sunetra Gupta’s Memories of Rain”. In: Cultures in Process: Encounter and Experience, ed. Ralf Schneider and Stephan Gramley, Bielefeld: Aisthesus Press, pp. 129-138.

(2009) “Fictions of Transcultural Memory: Zulfikar Ghose’s The Triple Mirror of the Self as an Imaginative Reconstruction of the Self in Multiple Worlds”. In: Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities, ed. Frank Schulze-Engler and Sissy Helff, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 293-308.

(2009) “Inventing or Recalling the Contact Zones: Transcultural Spaces in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines”. In: Postcolonial Text, ed. Heike. H. Harting and Ranjini Mendis, Open Humanities Press, E-Journal. http/: postcolonial text. Org. Vol 4, No 3, pp. 1-16.

Affiliation: Department of English, University of Giessen

email: nadia.butt[at]