Jarula M. I. Wegner studied German, English and Chinese Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), with stays at Jiaotong University Xi’an (China) and the University of the West Indies St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago). He received a B.A. in Chinese Studies and an M.A. in English and German studies from Goethe University. His M.A. thesis “Negotiating Memory: Black Jewish Relations in Rap Music” was awarded the Calliopean Prize for the best master’s thesis of the year 2016 at the Institute for England and America Studies at Goethe University. In the summer term 2016, he was Visiting Scholar at the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (USA). In spring and summer 2017 he is Visiting Scholar at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) and at the University of Warwick (England) funded by DAAD. He is a regular contributor to The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP) and co-speaker of the Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group at the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre.
He is research assistant in the DFG project “Migration and Transcultural Memory: Literature, Film and the Social Life of Media” at Goethe University and currently working on the PhD project “Caribbean Carnival and the Production of Transcultural Memory: Literature, Media Performances“. His research interests include but are not limited to concepts of memory, transculturality, postcoloniality, world literature and gender theory.
2022 “Rethinking Countermemory: Black-Jewish Negotiations in Rap Music.” Memory Studies, 15 (2), April.
2018 “Reading Rap with Fanon and Fanon with Rap: The Potential of Transcultural Recognition.” Dietmar Meinel und Elena Furlanetto (eds.). A Poetics of Neurosis. Bielefeld: Transcript. 75-94.
2016 “Kompetitiv Multidirektionale Erinnerung im Medium der Rap Musik.” Lena Nieper and Julian Schmitz (eds.). Musik als Medium kulturellen Erinnerns. Bielefeld: Transcript. 191-203.