At: 06/12/2021 2:00pm, in cooperation with: MSA Nordic


Toufoul Abou-Hodeib (University of Oslo)

Sarah Awad (Aalborg University)

Sune Haugbolle (Roskilde University)

Moderator: Nadim Khoury (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Crises, Memory, and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa, hosted by: -

This roundtable examines the construction of memory in the wake of political and social upheavals that have shaped the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the second half of the twentieth century. Sarah Awad focuses on the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and its enduringness in urban spaces, Sune Haugbolle explores the entangled history of the Palestinian revolution in the 1960s, and Toufoul Abou-Hodeib turns to the effects of emigration and urbanization on history writing in Lebanon in the 1950s. In all three cases, our panellists ask: how do social and political crises affect the writing of the past? What traces do these revolutions leave in their wake? How are these traces re-interpreted and negotiated across time and space? Based on extensive research of street art, visual images, oral and amateur history, the digital seminar raises methodological and theoretical questions relevant for the study of collective memory in the MENA region and beyond.

Organised by MSA Nordic.


Toufoul Abou-Hodeib is an associate professor of history at the University of Oslo. She is interested in material culture, cultural and political history and the relationship between memory and history. Her research on the Middle East, with a specific focus on Lebanon and Palestine, has appeared in History Compass, Contemporary Levant, and International Journal of Middle East Studies, among others. She is also the author of the book A Taste for Home: The Modern Middle Class in Ottoman Beirut (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Sarah H. Awad is an Associate Professor of sociocultural psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. She received her PhD in Cultural Psychology from Aalborg University and her M.Sc. in social and cultural psychology from London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Her research interests are in visual culture and the analysis of public images and their influence on identity, collective memory and politics within society. Her most recent books include Remembering as a cultural process, with Brady Wagoner and Ignacio Brescó de Luna (Springer, 2019), Street Art of Resistance with Brady Wagoner (Palgrave, 2017).

Sune Haugbolle is a Professor in Global Studies at Roskilde University and a scholar of the modern Middle East. His books and articles deal with social memory, political culture, and revolution. His most recent book is called The Arab Archive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows (2020). He directs the research project Entangled Histories of Palestine and the Global New Left. He is also an editor of Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.


Nadim Khoury is an Associate Professor in International Studies at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. He is also an Associate Professor II in Peace and Conflict Studies at Oslo New University College. His research interests include contemporary political theory, nationalism, collective memory, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has published on these issues in journals such as Constellations, Philosophy and Social Criticism, European Journal of International Relations, Nations & Nationalism as well as different edited volumes. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript entitled Partitioning Memory that critically examines the memory regime created by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.