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Hanan Toukan

PhD in Politics and International Studies
SOAS, University of London
Hanan Toukan is Professor of Middle East Studies. Her teaching and writings sit at the intersection of international politics, Middle East politics, postcolonial studies, visual cultures and cultural studies. Prior to joining Bard College Berlin, Toukan was Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Brown University and Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies of the Middle East at Bamberg University. She has also taught at Freie Universität Berlin and SOAS, University of London in Media and Film Studies, as well as Politics and International Studies. She is a recipient of several research awards including most recently from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for her current research project on migration and the visual politics of museums in Europe and the Middle East. Her book The Politics of Art: Dissent and Cultural Diplomacy in Palestine Lebanon and Jordan (2021) is published with Stanford University Press. The book is based on her PhD undertaken at SOAS, University of London which won the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Malcolm H. Kerr Award for Best PhD in the Social Sciences in 2012.
Toukan’s work has been published in Cultural PoliticsArab Studies JournalInternational Journal of Cultural StudiesRadical PhilosophyJournal of Visual CultureJournal for Palestine StudiesReview of Middle East StudiesJerusalem QuarterlySCTIW Review,  Jadaliyya and Ibraaz amongst others. She has published chapters in Leila Farsakh (ed.) Rethinking Statehood in Palestine: Self-Determination and Decolonization Beyond Statehood (University of California Press, 2021),Viola Shafik (ed), Documentary Filmmaking in the Middle East and North Africa (Cairo University Press, 2021); Friederike Pannewick and Georges Khalil (eds.), Commitment and Beyond: Locating the Political in Arabic Literature since the 1940s (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2015); and Dina Matar and Zahera Harb (eds.), Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (IB Tauris, 2013). She is also Contributing Editor at the Jerusalem Quarterly and a member of the Editorial Collective of the Journal of Visual Culture.

Hanan Toukan is a Fellow at the Europe in the Middle East-Middle East in Europe (EUME) research program at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

*On leave Fall Semester 2021

Prof. Dr. Hanan Toukan
Middle East Studies