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Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Social Anthropology

Noura Kamal, PhD.

Biography

Noura Kamal holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her thesis is about the scopes of agency in Nablus (Palestine) under immediate siege and under regular Israeli occupation. She graduated from Birzeit University in Palestine with a master's degree in Sociology. Currently, she is a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Social Anthropology focusing on the Yemeni post-1962 intellectual discourse regarding the changes in the perception and understanding of tribes and tribalism in northern Yemen.

Publications & Activities

Articles

-'Journey to Europe: Memory and the Path to Tomorrow.' In: Kohlbacher, Josef, and Leonardo Schiocchet (eds.): From Destination To Integration – Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in Vienna. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2017.

-'Co-authored book chapter: Smiles and Smallness: Jokes in the Yemen and in Palestine (with Andre Gingrich, first author, and Zulfokar Al-Dubai).' In: Hannerz, Ulf, and Andre Gingrich (eds.): Small Countries: Structures and Sensibilities. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

-'Experiences from the Field: Nablus under siege and occupation.' In: Kamal, Noura, Eva Kössner, and Klaudia Rottenschlager (eds.): Past-Present Fieldwork: Anthropological Contributions at the Intersection of Memory, Power, and Culture. Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology, Sondernummer KSA-Tage 2013, Vol. 2, URL: http://www.univie.ac.at/alumni.ksa/images/text-documents/ASSA/%20ASSA-KSA2013_PastPresentFieldwork.pdf, 2014.

-'Studieren bedeutet Widerstand: StudentInnen unter der Okkupation in Palästina.' In Maria Six-Hohenbalken (Hg.): Aufwachsen im Ausnahmezustand: Sozialanthroplogische Beiträge über Adoleszens in Unsicherheit und Gewalt. The Sociology of Youth Studies, Vol. 1. Wien: 132–155. (Translated into German from original English manuscript version by Maria Six-Hohenbalken), 2013.

-Book review: 'Emerson, Robert, Rachel Fretz and Linda Shaw (2011): Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp. 320-321, 2012.

Conference Presentations

-'A Palestinian City Under Siege and Occupation: The Manifestations of the Self through the Memory of the Past.' Presentation in a panel organized by Maria Six-Hohenbalken and Ozlem Goner, “Transgenerational (NON) Transmission of memories of the violence in the Middle East - women’s accounts” at the 115th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis - American Anthropological Association - 16 - 20 November 2016.

-'Remembering a time with no end: Nablus under siege and occupation.' Presentation in a workshop organized by Barbara Götsch and Eva Kössner, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, “Recalling and imagining in social interaction” Tage der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie – Vienna Anthropology Days 2015.

-'Reconstructing the present through memories of the past - Nablus under Siege and Occupation.' Research Forum, Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 9 April 2015.

-'Between the Past and Present: Survival Strategies During the Time of Siege.' A presentation in a workshop organized by Eva Kössner and Klaudia Rottenschlager, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, “Re-thinking Contemporary Anthropological Perspectives in/on Palestine” Tage der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie – Vienna Anthropology Days 2014.

-'Past—present—fieldwork: Theoretical and methodological aspects of researching intersections of memory, power, and culture.' Workshop organized (together with Eva Kössner and Klaudia Rottenschlager), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, 6 June 2013.

-'Conducting Fieldwork in Conflict Areas: Engaged observers and participating anthropologists, taking Palestine as an example.' Workshop organized (together with Eva Kössner and Klaudia Rottenschlager), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, 5 - 7 December 2011.

-'Cultural Survival in a Palestinian City: An Ethnography of Nablus under Siege and Occupation.' Research Forum, Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 29 September 2011.

-'Nablus under siege and occupation.' Conference by the Arab Sociological Association “Questions about the Arab Revolutions”, Hammamet, Tunesia, 22 July 2011.

-'The Effects of the Practices of Student Movements at Birzeit University on Palestinian Social Structure: A Comparative Study between the First and the Second Intifada.' Conference of the “Arab Sociologists Young Generation Forum”, Beirut, Lebanon, 20 July 2010.

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