I am an anthropologist and a postdoctoral researcher at CARMAH. My main interests lie at the intersection of heritage, memory, mobility, and cities, as well as in anthropology as storytelling and its multimodality. My current research focuses on Berlin, where I examine the politics and poetics of representation and recognition, primarily in relation to Islam and heritage-making, as part of the project Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century. Approaching Berlin as an urban laboratory, my research investigates practices of local initiatives and neighbourhood-based projects, and explores multifarious manifestations of heritage-making across time and space in different parts of the metropolis. I probe questions of diversity, difference and translocality by drawing on a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, in particular postcolonial theory, intersectionality, and anthropology of the future.
As an anthropologist, I have received training in Edinburgh, Warsaw, and London. Also, I have held fellowships at the Free University of Berlin, the American University of Beirut, and the Orient Institut Beirut. My doctoral project, entitled (Re)constructing Beirut: Heritage, Memory, and a Post-war Metropolis, examined how multiple discourses and practices of Beirut’s urban heritage were mobilised and framed by ongoing changes in the city and engaged in future-making.