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Rosanna Sirignano, M.A.

Associate Member

Rosanna Sirignano, M.A.


  • Associate member GPTS-8

Contact information

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 020
69115 Heidelberg


About Rosanna Sirignano

Rosanna Sirignano joined the Cluster in 2014 as Student Assistant for the Start-up Professorship for Transcultural Studies (Humanities). In 2016, after two years of training in Semitic Studies, with a special focus on Syrian and Palestinian Arabic, she joined the Cluster´s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies (GPTS) supervised by Prof. Dr. Susanne Enderwitz (Islamic Studies) and Prof. Dr. Daniel König. Her PhD thesis is entitled "A female anthropologist in the Arab world: Biblical Orient and Palestinian Folklore in the legacy of Hilma Granqvist (1878-1972)".

In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Languages, History and Cultures of Mediterranean and Islamic Countries at "L´Orientale" University of Naples with a focus on History of Near East, Arabic language and literature, Berber language, History of North Africa, Islamic Philosophy, Anthropology and Arabic Dialectology. In 2012 she was awarded a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies at the same university, with a focus on History of contemporary Islam, Sociology of Islam, Anthropology and Semitic linguistics. Her M.A. thesis provided her with the preliminary material for her current research.

Curriculum vitae

Education and employment

  • 04\2014-present: Student Assistant for the Start-Up Professorship for Transcultural Studies (Humanities) - Cluster of Asia and Europe, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • 10\2016-present: Associated member GPTS-8 - Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • 04\2016-present: PhD candidate - Islamic Studies – Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • 09\2013-02-2016: PhD candidate - Semitic Studies- Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near East, Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • 09\2010-05\2012: Master degree in Sciences of Languages, History and cultures of Mediterranean and Islamic countries, "L´Orientale" University of Naples
  • 02\2011-04\2011: Student Assitant for the Secretary´s office of the Faculty of Islamic Studies, "L´Orientale" University of Naples
  • 09\2006-12\2009: Bachelor degree in Languages, History and civilization of Mediterranean and Islamic Countries, "L´Orientale" University of Naples
  • 11\2008-03\2009: Student Assistant for the Office of Retirement services, "L´Orientale" University of Naples

Additional courses

  • 04\2014-07\2014: Writing Academic English -Graduate Academy- Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • 10\2010-01\2011: Arabic course - Arabic teaching institute for non-Arabic speakers, Damascus
  • 07\2008-08\2008: Arabic Intensive Course- Institut de langues vivantes “H. Bourguiba” , Tunis

Honours and Awards

  • 10\2015-11\2015 Research Grant from the Palestine Exploration Fund
  • 11\2015-08\2016 DAAD Research grant for Doctoral Candidates and Young Academics ans Scientists
  • 10\2016-present: Geschwister Supp-Stiftung Grant for PhD candidates


DITALS level 2- Certificate of teaching Italian as a foreign language


PEF-Palestine Exploration Fund (

AIDA -  Association internationale de dialectologie arabe (

BRISMES - British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (

Selected publications

Sirignano, Rosanna 2014, Popular wisdom and marriage customs in a Palestinian village: Proverbs and sayings in Hilma Granqvist's work, Studi Interculturali 2\2014, pp. 189-208 , Mediterránea, Centro di Studi Interculturali, Trieste.

Sirignano, Rosanna 2013, Mother and Child in Palestine: the Arṭās material in Hilma Granqvist’s Nachlass at the Palestine Exploration Fund, Studi Interculturali 3/2013, pp. 159- 181, Mediterránea, Centro di Studi Interculturali, Trieste.