Amila Becirbegovic

Professor of German and Ethnic Humanities.


  • Ph.D. German Literature and Critical Theory, University of California, Davis
  • M.A. German Literature, Arizona State University
  • B.A. German Literature, Arizona State University

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary German-language literature and visual culture
  • Critical theory
  • Memory and trauma theory
  • Representations of war
  • Film/literature about the Holocaust
  • Transnational memory discourses
  • German-language literature and film from Eastern Europe
  • German-Bosnian relations and representations 


  • Elementary German
  • Intermediate German
  • Upper Division German Conversation and Grammar
  • Business German
  • Gruppe 47: Post-War German Writers
  • Movies go to War: Germany vs. Hollywood
  • Genocide: Modernity, Memory and Media
  • Genocide and Film
  • Fascism and Folklore

Amila Becirbegovic received her Ph.D. in German Literature and Critical Theory from the University of California at Davis, where she was awarded the 2015-2016 Research Fellowship and the 2016 Humanities Research Institute Grant for her work on Bosnian and Turkish refugees in Germany, as well as the 2012-2013 Provost Fellowship for her work on contemporary Holocaust memory. Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Becirbegovic lived in Hannover, Germany, before moving to the United States. She has taught German language, literature and film courses to secondary and post-secondary students in the U.S. for a combined 10 years at Arizona State University, the University of Texas at Austin and at UC Davis. Dr. Becirbegovic was awarded the 2010 and 2009 German Excellent Teaching Award at Arizona State University. She is interested in 20th century visual culture, with a specific focus on atrocity and genocide representations and cultural (re)memory. As part of her research, she is interested in developing and analyzing how pedagogical approaches and representations of the Holocaust and Germany’s postwar memorialization influence and inform new generations, contemporary conflicts and refugee politics.

Selected Publications:

  • "Transferential Memory Spaces in Gisela Heidenreich’s Das endlose Jahr"Humanities7, 26.
  • “A Man's A Man at the Uranium Madhouse, Los Angeles: Director Andrew Utter in Conversation with Amila Becirbegovic (UC Davis) Communications from the International Brecht Society”. 2012, Vol. 41, p123.
  • “Photographic Facticity: Bosnian Atrocity Frames through the Lens of Holocaust Formats”. Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) 40th Anniversary Nationalities Papers. New York City, NY: Columbia University.
  • “Approaching Punishment: An Analysis of Abjection in Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse”. Image of the Outlaw, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University, 305-310.

Campus and Invited Talks:

  • 2017 - “Teaching Maus and Night,” History and Memory of the Holocaust Workshop, University of California, Davis
  • 2016 - “Refugees in Germany: Bosnian and Turkish Refugees in Post-WWII Germany,” German Guest Lecturer, McClatchy High School, Sacramento.
  • 2016 - “Memory Migration: Turkish and Ex-Yugoslavian Migrants in Contemporary Germany
  • Remember the Holocaust,” California State University, Fresno.
  • 2016 - “Holocaust Humor and Post-Unification Cinema,” Berkeley City College, Berkeley.
  • 2016 - “The History and Memory of the Holocaust: Teaching Elie Wiesel’s Night,” History and Memory of the Holocaust Workshop, University of California, Davis
  • 2014 - “The Holocaust and Post-War Memory in Bosnia,” Globalizing the Holocaust Conference, University of California, Davis
  • 2013 - “Photography and the Holocaust: The Case of former Yugoslavia,” The Memory of Trauma:
  • After the Holocaust and an Era of Genocides Conference, University of California, Davis

Select Conference Presentations:

  • 2016 - “Entangled Memory: The Holocaust and Post-War Memory in Bosnia,” German Studies Association
  • 2015 - “Comic Representations of Germany’s National Socialist Past in Reinhart Kleist’s Der Boxer and Walter Moers’ Hitler, die Nazisau” German Studies Association
  • 2015 - “The Holocaust in Bosnia,” Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University
  • 2014 - “The Graphic Space: Prosthetic (Re)Memory and Comic War,“ Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, University of California, Riverside
  • 2013 - “Revolutionary Inversions in German Comedy: Carl Sternheim’s Die Hose and Steve Martin’s The Underpants,” Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2012 - “Atrocity Photographs: Exploring Atrocity Frames and Holocaust Precedents,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, University of Seattle
  • 2011 - “Staging History: Germany vs. Hollywood”, American Association of Teachers of German: Teaching German through Film, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2011 - “Approaching Punishment: An analysis of Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse,” Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference