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Society and Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Teaching on Society and Culture

The Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Programme teaches the discipline of social anthropology with a special reference to the area of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf. Modules focused on society and culture inform and enhance student understanding of the region ‘from within’ and in this sense are a great asset to all three Masters’ Programmes offered at MEMS.

  • 7AAJM203 Divided Cities, Contested States: Urban Violence and Transformation in the Middle East (retitled for 2013-14)
  • 7AAJM206 Islamist Movements: Jihad, Revolution and Consensus (retitled for 2013-14)
  • 7AAJM212 The Middle East & North Africa: An Anthropological Perspective
  • 7AAJM217 Knowledge, Education and Development in the Middle East & North Africa

These modules are especially designed to address a diverse student body: they suit both students with no prior knowledge of the discipline of social anthropology and the region and those with a disciplinary and regional background who want to further hone in their analytical skills in preparation of a research degree or a profession in international development, foreign service, journalism, consultancy, teaching among many others.

MA Dissertation Titles focused on the Society and Culture in the MENA region

  • Yosr Ben Slima (2013): An Ethnography of Tunisian Youth in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia
  • Raphaelle Cohen (2013): Marseille-Tangier: Urban transformation, Artistic Creation and Identity Formation after the Arab Spring
  • Nicole Firlik (2013): Did Morocco Opt Out of the Arab Spring?
  • Salla-Maria Korhonen (2013): How is democracy understood and experienced among youth in the West Bank?
  • Claudia Prieto Piastro (2013): How are cookbooks used in Israel for the construction of national identity
  • Ashley Delamater (2013): Demarcating space: spatial symbols in Palestinian and Israeli identity
  • Ryan Ross (2013) The Omnipresent or Disappearing line? The diverging experiences of post-division Berlin and Beirut
  • Gabriella Nassif (2013) Lebanese Diaspora and Identity
  • Mohamed el-Sayed (2013) Political transformation and democratic transition in Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood’s evolving structures of political power
  • Olivia Midha (2013) Collective Memories and Beirut’s spatial transformations: in the shadow of the Civil war and the Arab Spring
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