Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

about the speaker

Dr Ruba Al Akash is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr Al Akash is currently teaching three courses: Human rights, urbanization in Jordan and the Middle East, and special topics in urbanisation.

Dr Al Akash completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at Kent University-Canterbury and also holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, in addition to an MA in Social Anthropology, from Al Yarmouk University-Jordan. 

As a social anthropologist with an interest in the Middle East, urban studies, forced migration, religion and politics, Dr Al Akash’s research is highly interdisciplinary, particularly at the intersection between social, political and urban anthropology. Her research has its theoretical bases in both contemporary Middle East and social science theories. Dr Al Akash’s doctoral thesis (University of Kent) explores the forms in which migrants and minority groups constitute selves and persons, relationships and realities in their daily interactions, with emphasis on local and regional factors.

More recently Dr Al Akash has been investigating the impact of forced migration on Syrian refugees inside and outside camps in Jordan and her current research focuses on the experience of Syrian women refugees in Jordan.   

The title of her paper is: “Listening to the voices of Syrian women refugees in Jordan: Ethnographies of Displacement and Emplacement.”


For any enquiries about this event, please contact Heidi

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

Connect with us

To keep up to date with our events and activities, sign up for email alerts from the RSC and Forced Migration Review, and connect with us on social media.

Forthcoming events

Ukraine: Insights and Implications

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ Online via Zoom

Book launch: Time and Power in Azraq Refugee Camp

Wednesday, 01 November 2023, 5pm to 6pm @ Seminar Room 2, Queen Elizabeth House, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Who Gets Believed? A conversation with Dina Nayeri | Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2023

Monday, 20 November 2023, 5pm to 6.30pm @ St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS