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Serreli Valentina

Faculty of Languages and Literatures
Chair of Arabic Studies

I am Junior Professor of Arabic Studies at the Faculty of Languages and Literature since April 2017. I hold a joint PhD from the University of Sassari (Italy) and the University of Aix-Marseille (France) and my research interests revolve around the culture, society and sociolinguistics of the Arabic-speaking world.

My doctoral thesis 'Society, language and ideologies in the oasis of Siwa (Egypt). Listening to peo-ple's voices' was awarded a dissertation prize by the University of Aix-Marseille in 2017 and shortlisted among the ten finalists of the Joshua Fishman Award 2018.

Academic CV

  • 2020: Positive mid-term evaluation
  • Since 2017:  Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Bayreuth
  • 2016 – 2017: Research fellow, IREMAM, University of Aix-Marseille
  • 2016 – PhD : Joint Degree in Linguistics and Arabic studies, University of Sassari and University of Aix-Marseille
  • 2015 – Visiting scholar, American University in Cairo
  • 2011 – MA in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice.
  • 2008 – BA in Linguistic Mediation, University of Sassari.


  • Since 2019 – Member of the Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple
  • Since 2018 – DAAD
  • 2017/2019 – Deputy Gender and Diversity Representative, BIGSAS – Bayreuth
  • Since 2017 – Senior Fellow, BIGSAS – Bayreuth
  • Since 2017 – Member, IAS – Bayreuth
  • Since 2017 – Member, AIDA (Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe) 

Scholarships, Grants, Awards

  • 2018: Shortlisted among the ten finalists of the “Joshua Fishman Award 2018” 
  • 2017: Award for the PhD Dissertation by the University of Aix-Marseille “Prix de thèse AMU 2016”
  • 2013/2014: Grants from the IREMAM and the University of Sassari for field research in Siwa oasis (Egypt)
  • 2012/2014: PhD scholarship from the University of Sassari
Serreli Valentina

Faculty of Languages and Literatures
Chair of Arabic Studies

I am interested in the study of language as a social practice. 

My dissertation falls within the field of Linguistic Anthropology. The study is based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork aimed at describing the complex relationships between people, culture, language and identity and their evolution in a period of rapid social change. 

My current research is in the field of multilingualism and language contact and concerns the analysis of actual linguistic behaviour of native and non-native Arabic speakers in Siwa Oasis.

Research Topics

  • Arabic Sociolinguistics
  • Language attitudes and ideologies
  • Language and identity
  • Multilingualism and language contact

Regional focus

  • Siwa Oasis (Egypt)
  • Egypt
  • SWANA region



  • Symposium "Intersectional Interrogations of Reproductive Health for Women from Africa and its Diasporas" (May 2021)
  • International Conference "Language Contact Through Time and Space" (September 2021)
  • International Conference "Arabic in Africa: Historical and Sociolinguistic Perspectives" (April 2023)
  • EISA Itinerant School in Arabic Sociolinguistics. University Moulay Ismaïl of Meknes, Morocco (19-24 February 2024)
Serreli Valentina

Faculty of Languages and Literatures
Chair of Arabic Studies



Global and local perspectives on language contact
publ: Pfadenhauer, Katrin; Rüdiger, Sofia; Serreli, Valentina
Berlin : Language Science Press, 2024 . - (Contact and Multilingualism; 7)
doi:10.5281/zenodo.10438503 ...


Serreli, Valentina
Language, Society and Ideologies in Multilingual Egypt : Arabic and Berber in the Siwa Oasis
Berlin ; Boston : de Gruyter Mouton, 2024 . - (Anthropological Linguistics; 8)
doi:10.1515/9783111045351 ...


Serreli, Valentina; Schiattarella, Valentina
Siwa Oasis
in Oxford Bibliographies (2021)
doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199846733-0223 ...


Serreli, Valentina
Identity work through language choice in the Siwa Oasis : The exploitation and iconization of S ...
in Language & Communication volume 68 (2019) . - page 28-36
doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2018.10.012 ...

Serreli, Valentina
Perceptual Dialectology of Egypt : A View from the Berber-Speaking Periphery
Studies on Arabic Dialectology and Sociolinguistics : Proceedings of the 12th AIDA Conference
Aix-en-Provence : Institut de recherches et d'études, 2019
doi:10.4000/books.iremam.3878 ...


Serreli, Valentina
Contact-induced change from a speakers' perspective : A study of language attitudes in Siwa
Arabic in Contact
Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018. - page 350-368 . - (Studies in Arabic Linguistics; 6)
doi:10.1075/sal.6.18ser ...

Serreli, Valentina
Globalization in the periphery : Arabization and the changing status of Siwi Berber in the oasi ...
in Sociolinguistic Studies volume 12 (2018) issue 2, Special issue. - page 231-250
doi:10.1558/sols.35565 ...

Serreli, Valentina
Language and identity in Siwa Oasis : Indexing belonging, localness, and authenticity in a smal ...
Identity and Dialect Performance : A study of Communities and Dialects
London, UK : Taylor & Francis Ltd, 2018. - page 226-242 . - (Routledge Studies in Language and Identity)


Serreli, Valentina
Sentimenti di identità e appartenenza dei berberi egiziani di Siwa
in Afriche e Orienti (2017) issue 2. - page 53-70


Serreli, Valentina
Society, Languages and Ideologies in the Oasis of Siwa (Egypt) : Listening to people’s voices ...
Aix-Marseille, 2016
(dissertation, 2016, )


Serreli, Valentina
"Zay Ɂummik zay mratik" : berbère et arabe dans les représentations des locuteurs d’une do ...
in Revue des Études Berbères (2015) . - page 133-145
http://reb.centrederechercheberbere.fr/tl_files/do ...


Serreli, Valentina
Language attitudes in Siwa (Egypt): a sociolinguistic investigation
Venezia, 2011
(master's thesis, 2011, )

Serreli Valentina

Faculty of Languages and Literatures
Chair of Arabic Studies

Jun. Prof. Dr. Valentina Serreli
Juniorprofessur für Arabistik

Universität Bayreuth
Building: GW I
Room: 1.04
Universitätsstraße 30
D-95447 Bayreuth

Telephone: +49 (0)921 / 55-3554
E-Mail: valentina.serreli@uni-bayreuth.de

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