Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani (PhD) is an Iranian-German scholar living in Islamabad, Pakistan. She completed her PhD at the University of Augsburg, Germany, with a Scholarship from Brot für die Welt (a German Protestant development organization).
Born in Rasht, Iran, Fatemeh completed a BA in Journalism, and an MA in North American (Cultural) Studies, both at the University of Teheran. She worked in Iran as a freelance journalist and NGO activist as well as an academic researcher. In Germany, while completing her PhD, she participated in international seminars and conferences. In some of them she played a role as an executive member, photographer or journalist. In 2014 she won a prize as the best journalist of the BIMUN, a UN Model Conference, in Bonn.
The role of culture in international relations has been always of interest to her. This led Fatemeh to connect her knowledge about Iranian society to her new awareness about German society. The focus of her dissertation (“Intercultural Dialogue between Muslim and Western Countries: An Analysis of Foreign Cultural Policy of Iran and Germany from 1998 to 2013”) was on cultural activities implemented under the different discourses of intercultural dialogue, including “European-Islamic cultural dialogue” (on the German side) and “interfaith dialogue,” and “dialogue among civilizations” (on the Iranian side).
Between March 2016 and August 2019 Fatemeh volunteered with the Flüchtlingshilfe Neudorf (a refugee aid association), assisting especially Iranian and Afghan refugees as an integration- and social-mediator. Since 2018 she has been a member of the team of Integration and Language Mediators of the Kommunal Integrationszentrum (a local integration center) in Duisburg. She worked in a Migration and Social Policy Research Group, of Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen, as advisor. The study focused on the governance, shaping, and use of (local) social policy with reference to refugee migration.
In May 2019 Fatemeh published her first book, a short version of her PhD, Does Intercultural Dialogue matter? The Role of Intercultural Dialogue in the Foreign Cultural Policy of Iran and Germany.
Since September 2019 Fatemeh has lived in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an expat partner. She is currently searching for new challenges (career? field study? job?) in Pakistan, to develop her career, specifically in the fields of intercultural dialogue, civil society, women, migration and refugees.
For further details, see her LinkedIn profile.
Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Review of Afiya S. Zia’s Faith and feminism in Pakistan: Religious agency or secular autonomy? Digest of Middle East Studies, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1111/dome.12192
Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Does intercultural dialogue matter? The role of intercultural dialogue in the foreign cultural policy of Iran and Germany. Münster, Germany: Lit Verlag.
Kamali-Chirani, F. (2019). Review of Mohammad Zaman’s Islam in Pakistan: A history. Digest of Middle East Studies, 28(1), 1-5.
Hippler, J., & Kamali-Chirani, F. (2018). Cultural civil war. In European Union National Institutes for Culture, Culture Report: EUNIC Yearbook 2017/2018 (pp. 36-41). Stuttgart, Germany: European Union National Institutes for Culture.
Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Review of Baumgartner and Towner’s The Internet and the 2016 presidential campaign. International Journal of Communication, 12, 2940–2943.
Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Review of Miriam Müller’s A spectre is haunting Arabia: How the Germans brought their communism to Yemen. Middle East Media and Reviews, 6(3).
Kamali Chirani, F. (2018) Review of Yadullah Shahibzadeh’s The Iranian political language: From the late nineteenth century to the present. Digest of Middle East Studies, 27(1), 157-160.
Kamali Chirani, F. (2017). Incapability of institutional structures as an obstacle for the intercultural dialogue between Iran and Germany. In O. Ernst (Ed.), Iran-Reader 2017 (pp. 109-111). Sankt Augustin/Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.
Kamali Chirani, F. (2013). Dialog unter staatlicher Aufsicht [Dialogue under state supervision]. Welt-Sichten Journal, 6, 46-47.
Kamali Chirani, F. (2018). Potānsielhāy-e Goftoguy-e Farhangi dar Jāme’ey-e Ālmān [Potentials of intercultural dialogue in German society] Dialog Center of the Imam Musa Sadr Institut.
Shokrkhah, Y., &Shokrkhah, Y.Kamali Chirani, F. (2009). Ruznāmenegāri Hamrāh va Pušeš-e Xabari Jang-e Iraq: Motāle’āt-e Muredi-ye Foxnews [Embedded journalism and coverage of the 2003 Iraq war: Case study by Foxnews]. Iranian Journal of Cultural Research, 2(5), 156-171.