- Language in politics
- Arabic language and culture
- Youth in the Arab world
- Contentious politics
Three major projects currently take up most of my time. From 2012-December 2016 I head the project Language Change in the Arab World
, which is about the political and ideological dimensions of changing language practices in a number of Arab countries, notably Egypt and Morocco. The project has resulted in two major surveys, one of which has already been published
. In addition to a number of articles written by the project participants, we will also publish an edited volume, and I will spend the better part of 2016 writing a monograph about the language and ideology of contemporary Arab comics for adults. The project comprises 12 researchers from the Arab world, Europe and North America. It has not web site, but please contact me if you are interested in learning more about it.
The second main project in which I am engaged is The New Middle East
, which is hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages. Within this project I focus on contentious politics in Palestine, with a focus on young people in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. This project ends in December 2015.
Third, I am excited to take part in the project Aid in Crisis?
, led by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
at PRIO, which investigates how rights-based approaches (RBA) affect the impact of humanitarian action. My task in this project is to study the Norwegian aid given to Palestine.
Senior researcher, PRIO (2013-)
Adjunct associate professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (2015-)
Senior researcher, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2009-2013)
PhD fellow, University of Oslo (2004-2008)
PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2008)
Cand. Philol. in Arabic, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo (2003)