Contemporary MENA Research Network
The Contemporary MENA research network is part of the Swiss society for the Middle East and Islamic cultures (SGMOIK-SSMOCI). In spite of this, the network remains responsible for its own activities.
Established at the beginning of 2014 by a group of academics, this informal network brings together Switzerland-based researchers interested in sharing or discussing research, journalism, and art related to the contemporary Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Most members are social scientists, but the network also includes filmmakers, journalists and other professionals. In one way or another, we are seeking new ways of thinking and speaking about the contemporary interconnectedness of MENA and European countries in light of the global economy and migration.
The mailing list is open to anyone who wishes to be part of the network. To subscribe to our mailing list or to propose initiatives and ideas, please send an email to Sarah Sabry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emanuel Schaeublin (email@example.com). While we encourage you to become a member of SGMOIK, it is not a pre-requisite for joining the network.
We organize regular events. These include:
- Social events (to get to know each other)
- Film screenings
- Work in progress seminars (to present ongoing work and get feedback from an informed group)
- Thematic conversations (to meet and discuss themes, such as the situation in a specific country or issues of theoretical relevance, e.g. how to deal with analytical categories such as ‘politics’, ‘religion’, or ‘the market’ in research on the contemporary MENA countries).
- Fieldwork seminars (to meet researchers going to conduct or returning from field research in MENA countries and share experiences)
Images in the MENA Network section of this website by Jonas Opperskalski.