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I take pride in the fact that I begun my higher education in sociology/cultural anthropology and remained consistently within the discipline of social sciences while maintaining diverse interests. My research interests begin with the mundane affairs of everyday life and end up in most weird and lesser-explored corners of existence. So be aware of the madness before coming closer.

My work concentrates on questions of subjectivity, violence, materiality and print culture. However, I maintain an academic interest in sexuality, digital presence and gender studies. I explored the question of the materiality of guns and bodies while studying militancy and militants in Lebanon. Currently, I am tracing the pleasures of violence and the convergence of the subjectivity of authors and readers within propaganda materials and state-sanctioned memoirs.

My theoretical interests are influenced by post-structuralism, critical theory and storytelling. Therefore, I designed and organize the Summer School in 'hands-on anthropology and storytelling'. You can find more information about it here https://handsonanthropology.org/ and Stories from Amsterdam.

I am also the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology 



At the moment I teach (this year I am not part of the 2018 teaching program at the faculty of social sciences in VU)


  • Hands-on Anthropology and Ethnography (Summer School)
  • Migration, Integration & Diversity at Amsterdam University College
  • Inequality and Poverty at Amsterdam University College
  • Theoretical Orientation in Mobility, Diversity and Development (TOM 1)
  • Urban Studies  

I am currently supervising these PhD candidates:

  • Bahoz Aras on The Question of Federalism in Iraq
  • Caroline van Slobbe on Imaginaries of Water in Ecuador 
  • Nazar Abdulazeez on Integration of Kurdish-Syrian Asylum Seekers in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Lisa Ausic More than Weeds – Herbalism as a mode of anti-colonial resistance in the Western Peruvian Amazon

Prizes and Awards

  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2016-2017, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Nomination for Teacher Talent Prize 2017-2018, FSW, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Petrer Beahr Prize for Best Research proposal 2017
  • Vrije Universiteit Research Fellowship 
  •  Humboldt University fellowship

Ancillary activities

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Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • Einstein Foundation Berlin, Reserach Grant 
  • Greda Henkel Foundation, Research Grant



Academic qualification

Cultural Anthropology, PhD, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Award Date: 25 May 2020

Sociology, PhD, Delhi School of Economics

Award Date: 8 Apr 2016


  • H Social Sciences
  • conflict ethnography
  • cultural anthropology
  • Embodiment theory
  • memory studies
  • subjectivity
  • sexuality
  • storytelling
  • Islam
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Afghanistan
  • Millitancy
  • radicalization
  • Political Violence
  • Material Culture
  • Gender and Religion
  • biodiversity
  • sustainability
  • water
  • Poetics
  • Politics of Memory
  • social movements
  • violence
  • collective violence
  • Ethnography
  • space
  • war
  • cultural mobility


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