AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future
Because of my interdisciplinary and regional interest, AGYA has been a wonderful opportunity to get inspired and delve into new and promising fields of research.
I am a communication and media studies scholar with a strong interest in the MENA region and in comparative approaches. In my research, I combine communication studies with political sciences, cultural and area studies. The most rewarding projects were, firstly, a student exchange on “Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Politics” between Germany and Lebanon in 2017. Fieldwork and visits were a true eye-opener for the students and resulted in blog publications and an exhibition. Secondly, the workshop “Learning lessons on reconciliation from Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2018 was a major turning point for me in understanding problems that post-conflict countries face. As person-in-charge of the Transformation Working Group, I organized our field trip in Bosnia and Herzegovina in which we explored opportunities and pitfalls of reconciliation politics in post-conflict countries and discussed them with scholars from current conflict countries from the Arab World, including Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. As an alumna, I engage in Tandem Projects, like a book publication on Arab Media Systems.
|2019 - today||Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|2017 - today||Professor for International Communication at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|2013 - today||Co-founder and member of the Arab-European Association for Media and Communication Researchers (AREACORE)|
|2011 - 2017||Junior Professor (Associate Professor) for International Communication at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|2010||PhD in Communication Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany|
|2004 - 2010||Research Associate and Doctoral Researcher, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany|
- My commitment to AGYA
- Former AGYA Alumni Co-Speaker
- Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Transformation'
My advice to future AGYA members:
Be creative and open up for new ideas – then get involved in projects that truly go beyond your regular academic life!