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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, urbanisation 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 more 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.


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