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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 Global History II (BA1), 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 have been teaching a seminar on museum collection and exhibition research at Reinwardt Academie (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Bachelor Cultureel erfgoed) since 2015. 

Since 2014, I have also been guest lecturing 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 ISP-projects on the Moroccan Rif and migration. 


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 (the Netherlands), 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 Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat, Morocco, in 2014. 


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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Research Output 2010 2017

Becoming Berber. Ethnicity and identity politics among Moroccans in Belgium

Karrouche, N. F. F. 27 Oct 2017 Moroccan Migration in Belgium. More than 50 Years of Settlement. Leuven University Press, p. 221-240

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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From Tools to “Recipes”: Building a Media Suite within the Dutch Digital Humanities Infrastructure CLARIAH

Martinez-Ortiz, C., Ordelman, R., Koolen, M., Noordegraaf, J., Melgar, L., Aroyo, L., Blom, J., de Boer, V., Melder, W., van Gorp, J., Baaren, E., Beelen, K., Karrouche, N., Inel, O., Kiewik, R., Karavellas, T. & Poell, T. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Memory as Protest. Mediating Memories of Violence and Bread Revolts in the Rif

Karrouche, N. F. F. 2017 The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco. Palgrave / MacMillan, 9

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

National Narratives and the Invention of Ethnic Identities: Revisiting Cultural Memory and the Decolonized State in Morocco

Karrouche, N. F. F. 2017 Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education. Palgrave / MacMillan, p. 295-310

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Ticking the box? Material cultures of migration in Museum Rotterdam and the Netherlands Open Air Museum

Dibbits , H. & Karrouche, N. F. F. 2017 Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie 2017. Die Niederlande . Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, p. 147-168 (Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie )

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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