Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-148
Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Arabische Welt, besonders Libanon und Kuwait, Europa (Verflechtungen der arabischen Welt mit Europa)
Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz
Dr. Sarah Jurkiewicz


Since 2014
Research fellow and research coordinator at ZMO; Since 2018 “Liminal Refugee Spaces in Berlin” in the frame of the collaborative VW-funded project “Liminal Spaces as Sites of Socio-Cultural Transformation and Knowledge Production in the Arab World”; 2014 - 2017 Space Making Practices and Urban Participation in Kuwait” in the frame of the collaborative VW-funded project “Spaces of Participation: Topographies of Political and Social Change in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine”
2009 - 2012
PhD-fellow, Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo
2008 - 2009
Assistant to the director Prof. Ulrike Freitag, ZMO

Degree/ Education

Ph.D., Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. Thesis: Being a Blogger in Beirut: Production Practices and Modes of Publicness
2002 - 2007
Magister in European Ethnology (Major), Islamic Studies and Theatre Studies (Minors), Humboldt-University Berlin



Zwischenräume: Neun Frauen erzählen über Wege der Flucht und das Ankommen in Berlin-Marzahn, tobios publishing, Berlin, 2020

Blogging in Beirut: An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice. Transcript, Bielefeld 2018.

Al-Jazeera vor Ort. Journalismus als ethische Praxis. Frank & Timme, Berlin 2009.

Book Chapters

“Blogging as counterpublic? The Lebanese and the Egyptian Blogosphere in Comparison.” In: Nadja-Christina Schneider und Bettina Gräf(Hrsg.): Social Dynamics 2.0: Researching Change in Times of Media Convergence. Frank & Timme, Berlin 2011, pp. 27-47.

„Folklorisierung ohne Reibungsverluste. Kurdische Kulturpolitik auf der Bühne des Karnevals.“ In: Michi Knecht und Levent Soysal (eds.): Plausible Vielfalt: Wie der Karneval der Kulturen denkt, lernt und Kultur schafft. Panama, Berlin 2005, pp. 193-211.

Journal Articles

“Of Islands and Windows – Publicness in the Lebanese Blogosphere.” Oriento Moderno 91 (1) 2011: 139-159.

Edited Volume

Zwischenräume: Neun Frauen erzählen über Wege der Flucht und das Ankommen in Berlin-Marzahn. tobios, Berlin 2020. (German, Arabic, Farsi, French)


"Modes of resistance? Space-related activism and cultural entrepreneurship in Kuwait City" at the Third ACSS Conference, panel “State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region.”
“Different claims to participation? Bedoon protests and migrants space appropriation in Kuwait City” at the Workshop “Spaces of Participation: Public Interventions, Contestations & Urban Transformation,” Amman.
“Researching activism from a media/digital anthropology angle,” paper presented at the seminar Rethinking Activism before and after the Arab Revolutions, held at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts, University of Copenhagen.
“Die Produktion von virtueller Lokalität in der libanesischen Blogosphäre,” paper presented at the DGV-Conference 2013, panel “Mediale Entgrenzung. Die Wechselwirkung zwischen virtuellen und sozialen Netzwerken und Mobilität,” Mannheim, Germany.
“Blogging as Public Diary, Strategy of Professionalization, and Political Tool: A Case Study of the Lebanese Blogosphere,” paper presented at the European Anthropologists Association Conference, panel “Homo technos,” Maynooth, Ireland.
“Publicness and New Boundaries in the Lebanese Blogosphere,” paper presented at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies, panel “Rereading the Public Sphere,” Barcelona, Spain.
“Al-Jazeera in Europe: Ethos of Translation and the Constraints of Mediation,” paper presented at CAMMRO, Third annual doctoral symposium on Arab and Muslim Media Research, King’s College, University of London.

Teaching Activities

Winter Term 2012/2013
“Internet Ethnography,” Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Summer Term 2016
Urbane Öffentlichkeit, Stadtraum und die Grenzen der Partizipation im Arabischen Golf. Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin.


  • European Association of Social Anthropologists


  • German: native speaker
  • English: proficiency
  • French: fluent
  • Arabic: good command