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I specialize in historical culture and memory in Morocco, Algeria and among North African communities in Europe, with emphasis on the history and representation of Berber culture, literature and arts. I have done research on Berber cultural activism and collective memory in Morocco and Europe, the history of emigration from the Moroccan Rif, Moroccan history textbooks and museums, French colonial ethnology in North Africa, and the reception of antiquity in (colonial) Algeria and Morocco.


At Vrije Universiteit, I teach courses within the fields of ancient and modern history: Cultural Contact: East and West (BA1), Confrontation between Greek and Near Eastern Civilizations (MA), International relations from below (BA3), International organizations: institutions, people, networks (BA3), and Introduction to migration studies (BA3).

I also coordinate the interdisciplinary university minor Migration Studies

I taught a seminar on museum collection and exhibition research at Reinwardt Academie (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Bachelor Cultureel erfgoed) from 2015 until 2017.

In between 2014 and 2017, I lectured in the Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity SIT-Study Abroad Program for U.S. college students in both Rabat and Amsterdam. I have supervised several Independent Study Projects on Moroccan history.


I currently participate in CLARIAH-CORE as a WP5 Media Studies scholar.

My research on Berber museums in Morocco in 2014 and 2015 was funded by a Catharine van Tussenbroek Fellowship, a travel grant from the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, and an employability grant (€12.000) from the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam). 

I was a visiting researcher at Max Planck Institue for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, in 2013 and at the French CNRS-institute Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat, Morocco, in 2014. 


2017 Employability grant, co-applicant, CrossEWT CLARIAH-CORE Research Pilot Project, PI: dr. Susan Hogervorst (OU/EUR)

2016 Travel grant (ESHCC, the Netherlands), ‘The Berber Express’, Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Conference

2015 Employability grant (ESHCC, the Netherlands), ‘The Berber Express’

2014 Travel scholarship (Lutfia Rabbani Foundation), ‘The Berber Express’ and Research grant (Catharine van Tussenbroek Fonds), ‘The Berber Express’

2013 Travel grants (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany), ‘Memories from the Rif'

2011 Grant (Erasmus Trust Fund, Rotterdam) for the workshop ‘Migrating Memory’


Prizes and Awards

2010 Biannual Emile Zola Award (Gerrit Kreveld Foundation, Ghent, Belgium - national award) for best essay on a cultural, political or social issue 

Ancillary activities

I wrote a biweekly op-ed column for Belgian newspaper De Morgen during 2013 and 2014, and currently write feature columns for Uitagenda Rotterdam. 


Latijn-Grieks, Heilige Drievuldigheidscollege Leuven (2002)

Oude geschiedenis, Licentiaat/MA, KU Leuven (2006)

Classics and Ancient Civilizations, MA, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008)

History of Society, PhD, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (2013)

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Morocco Social Sciences
revolt Social Sciences
protest Social Sciences
grant Social Sciences
violence Social Sciences
history of schools Social Sciences
cultural anthropology Social Sciences
employability Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

Challenges in Enabling Mixed Media Scholarly Research with Multi-media Data in a Sustainable Infrastructure

Ordelman, R., Martinez Ortiz, C., Melgar, L., Koolen, M., Melder, W., van Gorp, J., de Boer, V., Karavellas, T., Aroyo, L. M., Poell, T., Karrouche, N. F. F., Baaren, E., Wassenaar, J., Inel, O. A. & Noordegraaf, J., 2018, Digital Humanities 2018 Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Herinnering als protest. Herinneringen aan geweld in de Rif

Karrouche, N. F. F., 2018, Opstand in de Rif . Akarkach, B. (ed.). Berchem, Antwerpen: EPO, p. 147-158 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Leren digitaliseren: Mogelijkheden van de digitalisering voor geschiedenisonderwijs met oral history

Karrouche, N., 1 Dec 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis. 131, 4, p. 653-656 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Opstand in Marokko: Kracht en pijn van een herinnering

Karrouche, N. F. F., 2018, Geschiedenis aan de Zuidas: Essays van VU-historici. van Lieburg, F. (ed.). Amsterdam: Prometheus, p. 165-172 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Oral history and technology

van Hessen, A., Corti, L., Scagliola, S., Calamai, S., Draxler, C., Karrouche, N. F. F., Broekhuizen, M. & Haaker, M., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePosterAcademic

Oral History
Oral Historians

Activities 2011 2017

Digital Humanities Benelux (Event)

Norah Karrouche (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Memory Studies (Journal)

Norah Karrouche (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Ethnicities (Journal)

Norah Karrouche (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Contemporary Islam (Journal)

Norah Karrouche (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Europe and the Arab Spring

Norah Karrouche (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOther eventSocietal


Emile Zola Prijs

Norah Karrouche (Recipient), 2010