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Dr Sarah Jurkiewicz

| Academic Degrees | Professional Experience | Research interests | Languages | Selected publications and conference presentations | Workshops and Panels


Academic Degrees Top


Ph.D., Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

Thesis: Being a Blogger in Beirut: Production Practices and Modes of Publicness


Magister, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Magister thesis: Al-Jazeera on site: Journalism as ethical practice

Magister Studies: European Ethnology (major), Humboldt-University of Berlin, Islamic Studies and Theatre Studies (minors), Free University, Berlin


Professional Experience Top

07/2014 - present

Researcher and research coordinator at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
Research project: “Space Making Practices and Urban Participation in Kuwait” in the frame of the collaborative VW-funded project “Spaces of Participation: Topographies of Political and Social Change in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine”

10/2012 - 03/2013

Teaching appointment, course on “Internet Ethnography,” Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin

03/2009 - 02/2012

PhD-fellow, Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo (PhD course in Media Studies and Journalism)

01/2008 - 02/2009

Assistant to the director Prof. Ulrike Freitag, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

01/2005 - 10/2007

Student research assistant (for Dyala Hamzah, Bettina Dennerlein and Prof. Ulrike Freitag), Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin  


Research interests Top

Media anthropology, anthropology of the Middle East, practice theory, migration research


Languages Top

German (mother tongue), English, Arabic, French


Selected publications and conference presentations Top




Al-Jazeera vor Ort. Journalismus als ethische Praxis. Frank & Timme, Berlin.




“Of Islands and Windows – Publicness in the Lebanese Blogosphere.” Oriento Moderno 91 (1): 139-159.


“Blogging as counterpublic? The Lebanese and the Egyptian Blogosphere in Comparison.” In: Nadja-Christina Schneider und Bettina Gräf(Hrsg.): Social Dynamics 2.0: Researching Change in Times of Media Convergence. Frank & Timme, Berlin, pp. 27-47.


„Folklorisierung ohne Reibungsverluste. Kurdische Kulturpolitik auf der Bühne des Karnevals.“ In: Michi Knecht und Levent Soysal (Hrsg.): Plausible Vielfalt: Wie der Karneval der Kulturen denkt, lernt und Kultur schafft. Panama, Berlin, 2005, pp. 193-211.


Conference presentations


"Modes of resistance? Space-related activism and cultural entrepreneurship in Kuwait City" at the Third ACSS Conference State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region:Emerging Historical and Theoretical in Beirut, March 12, 2017.


"Different claims to participation? Bedoon protests and migrants space appropriation in Kuwait City" at the Workshop Spaces of Participation: Public Interventions, Contestations & Urban Transformation in Amman, November 1-4, 2016.


“In Search of Urban Involvement – Cultural Activism in Kuwait City,”paper presented at the EUME Summer Academy Conflict and Mobility in the City: Urban Space, Youth and Social Transformations in Rabat, August 25 - September 5, 2014.


“Researching activism from a media/digital anthropology angle,”paper presented at the seminar Rethinking Activism before and after the Arab Revolutions, held at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, University of Copenhagen, November 15, 2014.


“Die Produktion von virtueller Lokalität in der libanesischen Blogosphäre,” paper presented at the DGV-Conference 2013, panel “Mediale Entgrenzung. Die Wechselwirkung zwischen virtuellen und sozialen Netzwerken und Mobilität,” Mannheim, Germany, October 2-5, 2013.


“Blogging as Public Diary, Strategy of Professionalization, and Political Tool: A Case Study of the Lebanese Blogosphere,” paper presented at the European Anthropologists Association Conference, panel “Homo technos,” Maynooth, Irland, August 24-27, 2010.


“Publicness and New Boundaries in the Lebanese Blogosphere,” paper presented at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, panel “Rereading the Public Sphere,” Barcelona, Spain, July 19-24, 2010.


“Al-Jazeera in Europe: Ethos of Translation and the Constraints of Mediation,” paper presented at CAMMRO, Third annual doctoral symposium on Arab and Muslim Media Research, King’s College, University of London, April 25, 2009.


Workshops and Panels Top

November 1-4, 2016

Spaces of Participation: Public Interventions, Contestations & Urban Transformation", Amman.

March 10-12, 2017

Panel 36 "Citizenship, Resistance and the Public Sphere" at the Third ACSS Conference, Beirut.