My research interests include foreign cultural policy, international cultural relations, artists as agents of change, cultural activism, sociopolitical transformation processes and culture in conflict regions among others.
I am the head of the DAAD funded project “تواصل [Tawasol] Cultural Production and Policy Network” investigating socio-political dimensions of artistic formats in cooperation with universities in Lebanon and Tunisia by setting up pioneering educational programs in the field of cultural policy and international cultural relations.
Before that, I was an academic associate at the University of Hildesheim and coordinator of the Graduate School ‘Performing Sustainability: Cultures and Development in West Africa’.
I strive to engage in Arab-German knowledge exchange and to collaborate with artists and other social actors in the MENA region and Germany.
Within the framework of AGYA, I am able expand my networks and implement collaborative interdisciplinary research projects in the field of arts, cultural diplomacy, and social transformation processes.
|2022 - today||Junior Professorship for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Germany|
|2021||Finalist 2021 ENCATC Research Award|
|2020||Didrik Pinning Fellowship: Visiting scholar at the University of Haifa, Haifa Center for German and European Studies, Israel|
|2016 - 2022||Academic Associate, Department of Cultural Policy, UNESCO Chair ‘Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development’, University of Hildesheim, Germany|
|2016 - 2017||Project manager, Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) / International Society of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany|
|2014 - 2016||Research Fellow in the German-Tunisian Research Group 'Tunisia in Transition', Universities of Carthage, La Manouba, Munich, Tunis-el Manar, Passau, Sousse|
|2014 - 2016||Project assistant, ifa-Gallery Berlin, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Berlin, Germany|
|2013 - 2014||Fellow, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India|
|2011 - 2013||Master of Arts in Cultural Mediation, University Hildesheim, Germany|
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
Ien Ang, Yudhishthir Raj Isar & Phillip Mar (2015) Cultural diplomacy: beyond the national interest? International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21:4, 365-381.
Mithu Sanyal: Identitti