dr. Norah Karrouche

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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, oral history and 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 field of global history: International relations from below (BA2) and Global and Political History: 1500 - present (BA3).

I also coordinate the interdisciplinary university minor Migration Studies.


I currently participate in CLARIAH-PLUS and am responsible for the integration of oral history collections in the Media Suite. Previous and ongoing research into the integration of community oral history and data reuse in large scale research infrastructures has been funded by CLARIAH-CORE and NWO.

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 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. 


2020 Research grant, Stories in Motion. Oral history as sustainable data in urban settings, NWA Route Living History, with dr. Arno van der Hoeven (EUR)

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 wrote feature columns for Uitagenda Rotterdam in 2018 and 2019.


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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