Society and Culture

Engseng Ho | انج سنج هو
Visiting Professor and Director
meihes@nus.edu.sg

Engseng Ho is Director of the Middle East Institute, and Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Arabia Asia Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. At Duke University, he is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History. He is a leading scholar of transnational anthropology, history and Muslim societies, Arab diasporas, and the Indian Ocean. His research expertise is in Arabia, coastal South Asia and maritime Southeast Asia, and he maintains active collaborations with scholars in these regions. He serves on the editorial boards of journals such as American Anthropologist, Comparative Studies in Society and History, History and Anthropology, Modern Asian Studies. He is co-editor of the Asian Connections book series at Cambridge University Press. He has previously worked as Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Senior Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies; Country and Profile Writer, the Economist Group; International Economist, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation/Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was educated at the Penang Free School, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.

Charlotte Schriwer | شارلت شريفر
Senior Research Fellow
meisc@nus.edu.sg

Charlotte Schriwer’s research has focused mainly on the history of the Levant, (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon), in particular on its agricultural history from the 12th century to the 1800s. She has also explored the question of ethnic identity in the Ottoman architecture of the Levant. Since joining MEI in 2011, she has started a project documenting the history of protest art in the Arab world, with a focus on the Arab Uprisings. She holds a PhD in History and an MA in Middle East Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and an MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Charlotte Schriwer co-edited Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East (2014) with Nele Lenze, Media in the Middle East: Activism, Politics, and Culture (2017) with Nele Lenze and Zubaidah Abdul Jalil, and wrote Water and Technology in Levantine Society, 1300-1900: A Historical, Archaeological and Architectural Analysis (2015).

Fanar Haddad | فنر حداد
Senior Research Fellow
meifh@nus.edu.sg

Fanar Haddad is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He previously lectured in modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Exeter and, most recently, at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Haddad was a Research Analyst at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he worked on North Africa. He has since published widely on issues relating to historic and contemporary Iraq. His main research topics are identity, historical memory, nationalism, communal conflict and minority politics. He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011). His research at the MEI will focus on historical memory and narratives of state in the Middle East.

Nele Lenze | نيلي لنزا
Senior Research Fellow
nele@nus.edu.sg

Nele Lenze’s research focuses on the cultural online sphere in the Gulf. Her main research interests include literature published in social media, cultural production online and online participation culture. She holds a PhD in Middle East Studies and Media Studies from the University of Oslo where she lectured on the Arab online sphere. She obtained her master’s in Arabic literature from Freie University Berlin. She co-edited Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East (2014) with Charlotte Schriwer as well as The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and Trajectories (2014) with Fahed Al-Sumait and Michael Hudson, Media in the Middle East: Activism, Politics, and Culture (2017) with Charlotte Schriwer and Zubaidah Abdul Jalil. She is working on her first monograph Politics and Digital Literature in the Middle East. Perspectives on Online Text and Context (forthcoming 2018).

Nisha Mathew | نيشى ماثيو
Research Fellow
meinmm@nus.edu.sg

Nisha Mathew is Joint Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute and Asia, Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She received her PhD in History from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2014 where her research explored the methodological possibilities of Indian Ocean studies in the making of a contemporary urban space as Dubai. She is currently working on her book

Shuang Wen | شوان ون
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
meiwens@nus.edu.sg

Using Arabic and Chinese language primary sources from multi-sited research in China, Egypt, Syria, Taiwan, the UK, and the US, Shuang Wen’s first book project investigates the transformative processes of global interactions from around the mid-nineteenth century to the end of WWII. During this period, non-adjacent non-western societies that do not fit neatly into the existing historiographical units, such as the Arabic- and Chinese- speaking societies in Africa and Asia, formed intertwined intellectual, economic, labor, and religious (both Islam and Christianity) connections because they occupied a similar position in the world order as colonies or semi-colonies. As a result, in response to their comparable circumstances, knowledge, commodities, labourers, and practices (both religious and medicinal) were transferred along the way in multiple directions through the enmeshed imperial networks. These interactions, however, were not all about robust reticulation and accelerated exchanges, but rather, oftentimes attenuated and mediated. The metamorphosis that emerged from the process of mediated mobility and connectivity embodies a prominent feature of Afro-Asian connections in the age of late imperial capitalism. This project and her other research at MEI has been featured in the American Historical Association Member Spotlight http://blog.historians.org/2017/06/aha-member-spotlight-shuang-wen/

Shuang earned a PhD in Transregional History (modern Middle East and East Asia) from Georgetown University and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo. She also received additional Arabic language training from the University of Damascus and Middlebury College. Before switching career to the academy, she was a broadcast journalist for Phoenix Satellite Television InfoNews Channel in Hong Kong (2003-06), covering events in the Middle East, such as the humanitarian crisis during the 2006 Hizbullah-Israel conflicts, and worked as a Chinese-English simultaneous conference interpreter in Beijing (2001-03).

Zoltan Pall |زولتان بال
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
meizp@nus.edu.sg

Zoltan Pall is an anthropologist specialising in transnational Islamic movements in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His main research topics include social movement theory, the structure and function of transnational networks, religious authority and sectarianism. His current research in MEI focuses on Salafism in Lebanon and its networking in the Arabian Gulf and Europe. Before obtaining his PhD from Utrecht University he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden and a Research Fellow at Utrecht University. He has published articles on Salafism in Kuwait and Lebanon, and is the author of Lebanese Salafis between the Gulf and Europe: Development, Fractionalization and Transnational Networks of Salafism in Lebanon (2013).

Serkan Yolacan | سرخان يولاجان
Research Associate
meisy@nus.edu.sg

Serkan Yolacan is a research associate at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on the role of diasporas and networks in the transformation of state and society. His book manuscript, entitled Order Beyond Borders: The Azerbaijani Triangle across Iran, Turkey, and Russia, employs diasporic analytics to explore transnational networks of religion, education, and business across West Asia. He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and a master’s in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University. Prior to obtaining his doctoral degree, he worked as Projects Officer at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) in Istanbul. 

Susanne Dahlgren | سوزان دالغرين
Academic Scholar
susanne.dahlgren@nus.edu.sg

Susanne Dahlgren is an anthropologist interested in moral questions, law and politics. She studied anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Helsinki where she received her PhD in 2004. She has been a fellow in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and at the Academy of Finland. Her PhD project was published as Contesting Realities. The Public Sphere and Morality in Southern Yemen (2010). Her recent work has involved theorizing the Arab revolutions as part of a project on ‘Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions’, convened by Frances Hasso and Zakia Salime. A recent photo essay was published in Muftah.org on ‘Rebels without Shoes: A Visit to South Yemen’s Revolution Squares.’ At MEI she has worked on a project entitled ‘Post-Socialism in the Arabian Peninsula: the Politics of Islam and Modernisation in South Yemen.’



CALENDAR OF EVENTS
October 2017
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
© 2008-2011 Middle East Institute. National University of Singapore. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use  |   Privacy  |   Non-discrimination
Middle East Institute:
Home  |   Contact Us  |   Join Our Mailing List   |   Staff   |   Intranet