Dr. Ramzi Ben Amara

Since January 2016, Ramzi Ben Amara is the “Maghreb in Transition” project coordinator at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Sousse. Furthermore, he is teaching at the Centre of Anthropology of the same institution. His MA Dissertation focused on the development of Sharia-law in Nigeria before, during, and after the colonial time. In August 2011, Ramzi Ben Amara completed a PhD project on the Izala Reform movement in Nigeria at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. The title of his dissertation is “The Izala movement in Nigeria: Its split, relationship to Sufis and perception of Sharia Re-Implementation”. Additionally, he was part of a project on “religious engagement” at the University of Cape Town, South Africa between September 2011 and October 2012, where he worked on Muslim activists in Nigeria. In 2013, Ramzi Ben Amara joined the German-Tunisian research group “The Maghreb in Transition” and started working on religious and political discourse in post-revolution Tunisia. His research interests include Islam in Africa, Sufism, Reform movements, Religious Activism and Islamic law.

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Dr. Moulay Driss El Maarouf

El Maarouf Moulay Driss, born 1981, received a scholarship from the DAAD in 2010, to complete his PhD on the local and global dynamics of Moroccan music festivals at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. His research interests span several topics within Cultural Studies, including North African cinema, gender construction in the media, urban space and social movements, music and sub-culture, dirt and waste in popular culture. Immediately after his defense, he embarked on a research project, funded as it were by the Volkswagen Stiftung, that seeks to explore the hermeneutics of play in Moroccan childhood games. Currently he is an active member and coordinator of the DAAD program: “The Maghreb in Transition: Media, Knowledge and Power”. El Maarouf also writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. He is editor and co-founder of Moorings, a cultural Maghrebi revue in English

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Dr. des. Amir Hamid

Amir Hamid studied Anthropology, Arabic Language and Literature and Information & Communication Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) and Khartoum (Sudan). During his studies, he conducted extensive field research in North Africa and the Middle East. In 2017 he completed his dissertation on “Mediating Desire. Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī and the Circulation of Norms on Gender & Sexuality in the Transnational Muslim Public” at URPP Asia and Europe of the University of Zurich. Being a research fellow at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at LMU Munich, he coordinates the German-Moroccon-Tunsian research partnership “The Maghreb in Transition”. His research interests include religion and media, the public sphere, Islamic Law and legal pluralism, the Anthropology of knowledge and science, gender, power and subjectivity.

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Dr. Salim Hmimnat

Salim Hmimnat, PhD in Political Science, is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IEA), University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. His current research focuses on two main interrelated areas: The first one covers the interaction between Islamist movements, political regime and modernization process in contemporary Morocco. In addition to many papers and chapters which already have been produced on the matter, a book will be published soon titled “The Religious Policy in Morocco (1984-2002) [in Arabic]. Casablanca: Afrique Orient, 2016. The second area has to do with the dynamics of Jihadist groups and Counter-Radicalization strategies in North Africa and the Sahel. He is presently working on a research project that deals with the policy-making process and mechanisms of the implementation of Morocco’s Trans-national Religious Policy.

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Dr. Idriss Jebari

Idriss Jebari is a Moroccan postdoctoral fellow with the Arab Council for Social Sciences in Beirut. After completing his doctorate on the history of the production of critical thought in Morocco and Tunisia at the University of Oxford, he is now studying the dynamics of intellectual and cultural exchanges between the Maghrib and the Mashriq in contemporary Arab thought. He has published on the intellectual projects of several North African intellectual figures and on the engagements of intellectuals in public affairs from a theoretical and practical point of view.

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Abdelmjid Kettioui

I am a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the Moroccan Cultural Studies Centre at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. The narrative of my dissertation centers on geopolitics, faith and sexuality in English Barbary captivity narratives. Besides, I am interested in researching the politics and poetics of socio-political change after the MENA uprisings of 2011. I have given papers at a number of international conferences in Morocco, Germany and Austria. A paper on Thomas Pellow’s captivity narrative (1739) appeared as a book chapter in Romanian-Moroccan Forms of Manifestation in the European Space (2014). Other papers from my dissertation are under review. I have taught English to secondary and tertiary students for 12 years now.

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Imen Yacoubi

Imen Yacoubi is a Tunisian researcher, translator, and associate professor of English Studies at the University of Jendouba, Tunisia. Imen had been a member in a number of projects across the Arab region, like The Trans-Maghreb Creative Writing Project, the Young Arab Analysts Network International. She became a fellow at Syracuse University in 2011 and 2013, and she had managed and participated in several projects with civil society in Tunisia related to women’s rights and civic education ever since.
Her research interest revolve around around gender, arts, and culture.

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Manal Dao-Sabah

Manal Dao-Sabah is a Moroccan PhD candidate in Sidi Mouhammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco.  Her MA research paper was entitled “Women in the Moroccan Islamic Movement al-Adl wa al-Ihsan: Towards a New Model of Feminism”. It tackled issues like Islamic feminism, Islamist women in Morocco and the possibility of discussing feminism within an Islam framework. Her current PhD project focuses on “politicized” interpretations of gender issues in Islam and the repercussions on these interpretations on women’s (non-)participation in politics and decision making in Morocco. In her research paper, she discusses how the liberal wave initiated by Muslim thinkers like Mohamed Abed al-Jabri has paved the way to Islamic feminism and how Islamic feminism that started as a theory is being translated in (non-)action in Morocco. Manal dao-Sabah is also a high-school teacher in the city of Meknes.


Hafid Zghouli

Hafid Zghouli studied German Literary Studies and Oriental Studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany), where he graduated with a Master thesis on Heinrich Heine’s poetical representation of the Orient and Occident. Between 2013 and 2016 he was research fellow at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at the University of Marburg and gave seminars on modern Arabic literature. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the same Center. His PhD project explores strategies of resistance in the Moroccan postcolonial novel. He published an article on rap and street theatre as aesthetic forms of resistance in Morocco (German).

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Abderrahmae Yaalaoui

Abderrahmae Yaalaoui is a Doctor in Public Law at the University of Carthage. His thesis was on “The constitutional judge and the public opinion.” He is currently teaching public law at the University of Carthage and political science at European University of Tunis. Had researches on the political situation in Tunisia since Revolution.


Taha Tayebi

Taha Tayebi holds a BA in English Studies from Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra Morocco in 2014. In 2017, he had his master’s degree in Culture and Linguistics from the same university. Currently, he is a Ph.D candidate at Ibn Tofail University. His Ph.D thesis is basically about Secularism and Secular Political/ Social Movements through the Eyes of Moroccan Youth supervised by Dr. Soumaya Belhabib. He has been working on several topics within Cultural Studies including gender issues, resistance, feminist representations, and youth culture.

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Fatima Zahra El Hajji

Ermiki Fatima-Zohra, a Ph.D. researcher in Moroccan Cultural Studies Center(MCSC) at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of Humanities Fez-Morocco. I am currently working on Religion and Politics, political Islam precisely. Find me at


Nour-Sadate Benhima

Nour-Sadate Benhima holds a BA in English Studies from Sultan Moulay Slimane University (Beni Mellal, Morocco) and an MA in “Applied Language and Culture Studies” from Chouaib Doukkali University (El Jadida, Morocco). He is currently a doctoral researcher at the same university. His doctoral dissertation examines the impact of Mosques-based literacy programs on women in Rural Morocco. Nour-Sadate has taken part in a dozen of national and international conferences, both as presenter and organizer.  His research interests span several topics within Language and Cultural Studies, including gender and adult education, gender construction in the media, urban space and social movements, and youth studies.


Ginan Osman

Ginan Osman, born in 1996, is a student and researcher at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Marburg. She studies Middle Eastern Studies with a major in political science and peace and conflict studies. With a strong interest in contemporary politics, she focuses on social movements as well as foreign policy issues in both her studies and research. In 2016/17 she studied at the École de Gouvernance et d’Économie (EGE) in Rabat, Morocco where she completed an intensive Arabic language program for the study of social sciences. Her bachelor’s thesis covers Moroccan foreign policy in Africa. Some of her other interests include research on identity, nationalism, migration, peace, armed conflict and security. She also has a wealth of experience to draw from during her work under several politicians in Germany.


Lukas Mellinger

Lukas Mellinger is a student and researcher focusing on political science as well as peace and conflict studies at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Marburg. In 2016/17, he studied Arabic and political science at Ain Shams University and Cairo University in Egypt. His bachelor’s thesis covers national identity in exile as a strategy of legitimacy in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. Further research interests revolve around forced migration, nationalism and national identity, social movements and questions of legitimacy.


Jamie Woitynek

Jamie Woitynek is a student and researcher at the Center for Near- and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Marburg. With a major in political science and gender studies and a large interest in Arabic Literature she seeks to combine feminist thought and cultural studies within an activist queerfeminist agenda. She also studied an intensive Arabic Language Program for Social Sciences at the École de Gouvernance et d’Économie de Rabat in 2016/2017. Her bachelor’s thesis covers allegories of femininity in an Algerian novel and moments of adaption regarding potential contemporary queerfeminist ideas within it. Her research interests revolve around gender, culture, literature and politics.


Yosr Belkhiria

Yosr Belkhiria is a postgraduate at the institute of press and information science. Through her studies (master of media research and communication sciences in France and information sciences in Tunisia) her knowledge is multidisciplinary and diverse in the field of communication.
Her current work focuses on the medial treatment of events related to terrorism in TV and on journalism education in Tunisia after the revolution of 14 January 2011.


Omar Moumni

Omar Moumni is a professor of English and Cultural Studies at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences Sais- Fez, Department of English. He is the author of Ruptures in the Western Empire: White Female Captives and Cinematic Orientalism (2012), Postcolonial Matters (2013) and The Objectification of Women in Moroccan Advertizing (2015). He has a number of published articles and has contributed in scores of inter/national conferences. Omar Moumni is a visiting research scholar at New York University (NYU Steinhardt), Multinational institute of American Studies: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions (2016). His current research covers a variety of areas including Postcolonial Literature, Visual Culture and Gender studies.


Isabel Schatzschneider

Isabel Schatzschneider is a researcher and an activist in animal welfare, food ethics, environmental ethics and Islamic ethics. She has achieved her BA in Philosophy (London Metropolitan University), MA in Islamic Cultures and Societies (SOAS, London) and MA in Islamic Studies (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich). In 2011 Schatzschneider has joined as a researcher CILE (Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics) in Qatar. Later in 2013 she started to work for a well known NGO Schweisfurth Foundation in Munich. Here she had significantly contributed with her research on the German Halal market. Schatzschneider has written a number of articles covering areas such as Islamic law, ethics, food and environmental ethics, animal welfare and the global halal food market. In 2014 she worked as an academic researcher on politics and media in the Middle East at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. She is also a member in the foreign exchange program “The Maghreb in Transition: Media, Knowledge & Power”. Currently she has a PhD research position on the topic “Animal Welfare Activism as a Form of Resistance in Tunisia and Morocco”.

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Tariq Bekkaoui

Tariq Bekkaoui is a researcher at the Moroccan Cultural Studies Center, Dhar El Mehraz, Fez. He got his MA on Orientalism and Occidentalism in 2016. He is currently preparing his PhD on Migration and Diaspora in the same institution. He has been involved in different activities, including seminars, workshops and conferences in Morocco and worldwide. He is a member of the Arab Council of Social Sciences (Beirut) and Diaspora Studies Research. His activities do also concern other academic areas such as Political Sciences.


Mounir Saidani

Mounir Saidani is Professor of Sociology at the High Institute of Human Sciences, Tunis AL MANAR University, Tunisia. He is interested in Socio-anthropology of Culture, Knowledge and Art, Socio-cultural Change in contemporary Tunisia and the Arab World. He published several books and articles in Arabic, French and English in Tunisia and abroad. He also translated books and articles in the field of his interest from French and English into Arabic. His latest publication is a 1418 pages Report on the Religious State in Tunisia 2011-2015, a collective work whom he is the general supervisor and the editor in chief. He is leading a multidisciplinary research unit working on “Knowledges, Cultures and Social Change”.

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Rim Kallel

Rim Kallel is a researcher and a feminist activist. Her research interests are: Feminism, Politics, Linguistics and Translation. She is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities of Manouba, Tunisia. She has an M.A. in European Studies, Governance and Regulations from the University of Bonn and the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Germany. In addition, she has an M.A. in Theoretical and Applied English Linguistics from the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of Sfax. She was part of a 10-month training program at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and continued to collaborate with UNESCO since then. Kallel is member of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD) as well. Her last publication in the Future of Europe Observer, entitled “Building Resilience: The Perception from Tunisia” (2017), provides a reading in the Tunisian-European relations within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). Since 2015, Rim Kallel has worked as chief department of cooperation with regional groups in the Tunisian ministry of education.

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Anna Antonakis

Dr. Anna Antonakis is a post-doctoral researcher based in Berlin, and working as a political scientist in the fields of gender, media and international relations. She studied political science at the Freie Universität Berlin and IEP Strasbourg and holds a PhD from the FU Berlin that she defended in June 2017. In her PhD she looked at different renegotiation processes of gender in Tunisia after the uprisings in the transformation period (2011-2014). She engages with Intersectional (gender) theory and theories of public and counterpublic spheres and is interested in the creation of different networks of (feminist) solidarities in a digitalized world. Her research interest in internet and society is closely related to the historical moment of the revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia, which she witnessed and analyzed on- and offline. Furthermore, her research focuses on media and representational politics, Feminist perspectives in International Relations, and comparative approaches. From 2013 to 2016, she was granted a fellowship in the project “Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World” at the Institute for Foreign and Security Studies SWP in Berlin. Since 2017 she is the speaker of the working group “Gender and Politics” of the German Society for Political Science and Member of the section ”Women and International Politics” at the grassroots Think Tank “Polis180” in Berlin. She has been affiliated with the „Maghreb in Transition“ exchange program since 2015.


Ines Braune

Ines Braune is an assistant professor at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at Philipps-University Marburg. She holds a PhD in Arabic Studies from Leipzig University and has a background in media studies. She has for a time been researching culture and media changes with a cultural studies perspective and long periods of field research in the Middle East. Having focused on everyday Internet practices of young Moroccans my PhD dissertation dealt with local appropriations of globally available resources. My current research is on Parkour as a mediatized cultural practice in the Arab world. Her research interests include cultural studies, media, youth and inequalities in the Arab world. She is co-editor of the open access journal Middle East Topics and Arguments (META).


Mathieu Rousselin

Mathieu holds Master’s degrees in political science and in European studies from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (France) and from the College of Europe (Belgium/Poland) as well as a doctoral degree in international relations and political economy from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). His research interests include global environmental governance, social movement theory, critical theory and the study of democratisation processes. His work has been published in the Journal of Political Ecology, New Media and Society, Euxeinos, the European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Dialogues, Multitudes, the Journal of Contemporary European Research, WeltTrends and Science and Society. He is also the author of Widerstand (Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2014), a book in German language on contemporary capitalism critique in France. Next to his academic activities, Mathieu co-founded the Chios Institute of Mediterranean Affairs, an NGO dedicated to fostering cultural and academic exchanges between Mediterranean countries, which he also directed from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been involved in a number of teaching and training projects with the DAAD in Tunisia.