AF Drhimeur

Lalla Amina Drhimeur

Lalla Amina Drhimeur is currently completing her PhD on the evolution of political Islam in Morocco and Turkey. She defended her Master thesis at L’Institut d’études politiques de Lyon on Turkey’s ambition of becoming a regional power. Her research explores democratization process and power reconfigurations mainly in the Middle East and North Africa. Her previous work was published in Turkish Studies.



Sarah Dusend

Sarah Dusend holds a master in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and French Language and Literature from the University of Bonn. She studied Arabic and Persian at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris as well as Arabic in Damascus. After completing her M.A. she was the coordinator of the Bonn Center for Asian Studies (2009-2013) as well as the Bonn Graduate School for Oriental and Asian Studies (2013-2015). Currently, she is a research fellow at the Department of Islamic Studies and Near East Languages at the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA) at the University of Bonn, writing her PhD on three travelogues by Qajar women at the end of the 19th century.



Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi

Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi holds a master in Arabic Language and Literature from Sana’a University, Yemen. He is a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Education at al-Baydha’ University, Yemen. Currently, he is writing a doctoral thesis on ‘Identity Constructions in Contemporary Yemeni Novels’ at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in a project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Since mid-2017, he has also been working as editor of the Arabic section at al-Madaniya Magazine, a cultural electronic magazine run by the Yemen Polling Center.


AF Stohrer

Dr. Ulrike Stohrer

Ulrike Stohrer, social anthropologist, studied Social Anthropology, History, Theatre-, Film- and Media Sciences, Musicology, and Modern Standard Arabic at the University of Frankfurt/Main. Additionally, she completed training in classical singing at the conservatory of Frankfurt/Main. Her dissertation Barʿa. Rituelle Performance, Identität und Kulturpolitik im Jemen deals with a cultural practice in Yemen and its relevance for tribal, regional, and national identities. Ulrike also does research on material culture, traditional architecture, clothing and consumption.


AF Transfeld

Mareike Transfeld

Mareike Transfeld holds a master in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Modern History with a specialisation on the Middle East from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She is currently a PhD Student at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. Previously, she was a research fellow at the German Institute for Security and Foreign Affairs in Berlin, and headed the Research Department of the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) in Sanaa.



Andrea Warnecke, PhD

Dr Andrea Warnecke is an Associate Fellow of CARPO and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (UK). She obtained her PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. Her new project POLINGO analyses informal interfaces between non-state and state-based forms of power and their implications for legitimacy claims in global governance.


AF Wessel

Dr. Sarah Wessel

Sarah Wessel is a political scientist and cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab world and relations with Europe. She did her doctorate at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg on The Making of Political Representation: Processes of Claim-Making and Receiving During the Egyptian Transformations (2011-2014). In her multi-year field research, she examined the political and cultural transformation processes in the Arab region with a focus on Egypt after the uprisings in 2010/2011.


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