Dr Miriyam Aouragh
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Dr. Miriyam Aouragh is Leverhulme fellow at Communication And Media Research Institute. She grew up in Amsterdam as a second generation Moroccan and has a background in cultural anthropology/non-Western sociology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterrdam).
For her PhD (University of Amsterdam) she studied the implications of the internet as it was first (Web 1.0) introduced in Palestine and in particular the significance of this techno-evolution coinciding with the outbreak of the Second Intifada. She was awarded a Rubicon grant in 2009 and began postdoc research at the Oxford Internet Institute where she focused on the political role of Web 2.0 for grassroots activists.
During fieldwork in Palestine and Lebanon between 2009 and 2010 she combined ethnographic offline methodologies (participant observation and interviews) with critical theory and media analyses. Her work is published in several books and journals including her own monograph Palestine Online (IB Tauris 2011).
Since 2011 she follows, and writes about, the complex revolutionary dynamics in the Arab world with special interest in the impact of the internet. In 2013 she was awarded a Leverhulme fellowship to develop this into a critical study of new media in the paradoxical context of revolution and counter-revolution.
Her next book is about cyber imperialism which will offer an attempt to theorize how the contradictions of capitalism shape the modes and meanings of resistance in the era of revolution and digital transformations. She will be teaching about internet, media and politics at CAMRI and has previously (2011 and 2012) taught Cyber Politics of the Middle East at the Oxford Middle East Centre from which she will also offer students specialist insights.
Her research interests and areas of expertise include: digital imperialism; cyber warfare; social media; activism; Arab uprisings; MENA (Palestine/Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Bahrain, Egypt).