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Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Social Anthropology

Lisa Lenz-Ayoub, MA


Lisa Lenz-Ayoub received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna and studied one year at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. Lisa Lenz has travelled and worked in different projects and positions in other Middle Eastern countries such as Iran and Oman. Employed at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences she is currently working on her doctoral thesis on the Yemeni-Saudi border from a local tribal perspective.


Publications & Activities

Scholarly Articles

-'Zwischen Facebook und Islam: Indonesische MuslimInnen in Österreich’, in Slama, Martin (Ed.): Islam und Macht in Südostasien. Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology, Sondernummer 1/2012 (Artikel 5), p. 58-74. URL:

Popular Print Presentations

-‘Zwischen Mac Donald’s und Kardamom. Reportage: Ein Jahr im Libanon’, Die Stadt Gottes, 07/2013, pp. 41-44.

-‘Trauer, Blut und Volksfeststimmung: Aschura in Nabatäa’, ORF online, 2012, URL:


-'Facetten von Flucht aus dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten' review of the book edited by Susanne Binder, Susanne und Gebhard Fartacek, Anthropos 113/1 2018, pp. 279-280.

Conference Presentations

-‘WhatsApp as a Research Medium: Methodological Reflections on New Digital Approaches’, paper presentation at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference, London, 25 June 2018.

-‘Negotiating Tribal Territories: Local border concepts in the Yemeni-Saudi border region’, paper presentation at the Association for Borderlands Studies World Conference (ABS), Budapest, 13 July 2018.

-‘The impact of borderland tribes on the development of the international borderline demarcation between Yemen and Saudi Arabia’, forthcoming paper presentation at Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA) Conference, Amsterdam, 30 August 2017.

-‘Transformation of Tribal Perceptions on the Yemeni-Saudi Boundary’, paper presented at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference, Edinburgh, 7 July 2017.