I am an anthropologist and have conducted long-term fieldwork in Lebanon and Germany. My work focuses on heritage, memory, mobility, loss and – more recently – sound and empire. Beyond publishing on these topics, I have produced diverse media, including a sound installation at the Amsterdam Museum.
Prior to becoming an anthropologist, I trained as a political scientist, interpreter and human rights consultant. I studied anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, the Polish Academy of Sciences and University College London. Also, I have been awarded several fellowships, including at the Free University of Berlin, the American University of Beirut, the Orient Institut Beirut and Käte Hamburger Research Centre ‘global dis:connect’ at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where I am now based.
Currently, I am working on two projects: sound archives and their entangled legacies and a monograph on temporality, heritage and loss in Beirut. I have published in such journals as the Review of Middle East Studies, the International Journal of Heritage Studies and Visual Anthropology Review.
My research at CARMAH, as part of the Making Differences project, was concerned with the politics and poetics of representation, recognition, participation, belonging and difference. It entailed ethnographic fieldwork on a collaborative project between a state museum and a local collective, as well as research on a slam poetry group of young Muslims and creative ways in which they negotiated their belonging in Germany. While working on the project, I also edited the book Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities, with Sharon Macdonald and Mirjam Shatanawi (see also here).
In addition, I was a managing editor of CARMAH’s Reflections series from 2018 to 2020.
Research Expertise and Interests
- Heritage, memory, loss
- Mobility, migration, translocality
- Belonging, difference, diversity politics
- Sound, image, performance
- Middle East – Lebanon
- Europe – Germany
Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities, Puzon, Katarzyna, Macdonald Sharon and Mirjam Shatanawi (eds), Routledge, 2021 [Open Access]
‘Heritage and Policymaking in Lebanon’, Insights into Cultural Policies in Lebanon, issue edited by Hanane Hajj Ali and Nadia von Maltzahn, Orient-Institut Studies, Beirut, 2021 (in Arabic and English) [Open Access]
‘Germans without Footnotes: Islam, Belonging and Poetry Slam’, in Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald and Mirjam Shatanawi (eds) Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities, Routledge, 2021 [Open Access]
‘Heritage, Islam, Europe: Entanglements and Directions. An Introduction’, in Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald and Mirjam Shatanawi (eds) Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities, Routledge, 2021, with Mirjam Shatanawi and Sharon Macdonald [Open Access]
‘Reframing Islam? Potentials and Challenges of Participatory Initiatives in Museums and Heritage’, in Katarzyna Puzon, Sharon Macdonald and Mirjam Shatanawi (eds) Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities, Routledge, 2021, with Sharon Macdonald, Christine Gerbich, Rikke Gram and Mirjam Shatanawi [Open Access]
‘Saving Beirut: Heritage and the City’, International Journal of Heritage Studies 25(9): 914-925, 2019 (published online in 2017)
‘Participatory Matters: Access, Migration, and Heritage in Berlin Museums’, in Heike Oevermann and Eszter Gantner (eds) Securing Urban Heritage: Agents, Access, and Securitization, Routledge, 2019
‘Translocality’, in Otherwise: Rethinking Museums and Heritage, Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2018 [Open Access]
Review of Mara A. Leichtman (2015), ‘Shi’i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa. Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal’, Indiana University Press. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 24(3): 649-650, 2018
Wissen/Schaffen Exhibition Catalogue. Exhibition by Claire Lambe and Susan Ossman at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 2018, with Claire Lambe and Susan Ossman
‘Memory and Artistic Production in a Post-war Arab City’, in Des O’Rawe and Mark Phelan (eds) Post-conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory. Contemporary Performance InterActions, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016