Contributors

Rasmus Elling is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies & Persian Language, and a PhD in Iranian studies. He is fluent in Persian and he has lived and studied in Iran, Turkey and at The Hagop Kevorkian Center, NYU. He has taught a wide range of courses since 2005 and is currently writing his dissertation on The Politics of Ethnic and National Identity in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Research interests include contemporary Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan – as well as Persian literature and Turkic languages. For more information, please visit Rasmus’ website.

Anders Hastrup is the Director of the Danish Institute in Damascus. As a PhD Fellow at the Research School for Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Anders wrote a dissertation on the Darfur crisis while teaching anthropology of the Middle East. He has a BA, MA and PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, he is fluent in Arabic, has traveled and lived in the Middle East and has several years of experience with NGO and relief work in Sudan.

Rikke Hostrup Haugbølle is a PhD Fellow at the Research School for Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, where she is writing her dissertation on Media, Islam and Identity in Tunisia as part of The New Islamic Public Sphere Programme. She holds a MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Copenhagen and has taught a wide range of classes within political science and Islam for several years at the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark. Rikke Hostrup Haugbølle has followed Tunisia closely since 1995 and has participated in several international conferences. Research interests include Tunisia, Libya, identity formation, regional and local identity, and studies of the region of North Africa.

Sune Haugbolle is Assistant Professor in Modern Islam and Middle East Studies at the Department for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. He holds M.st. and D.Phil. degrees in Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford, and BA and MA degrees in Arabic from the University of Copenhagen. He teaches various courses on society and politics in the Middle East. A member of The New Islamic Public Sphere Programme, he is also contributing editor of the e-journal Arab Media & Society. Research interests include Lebanon, Syria, Arab media, secularism and social memory.

Daniella Kuzmanovic is Assistant Professor at Turkish studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She holds an MA and PhD degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. Daniella Kuzmanovic has done extensive research on Turkish political culture, and has conducted two long-term fieldworks in Turkey. She now lectures on Turkish history and society as well as on broader issues pertaining to political culture. Her PhD thesis dealt with perceptions of civil society in Turkey. She is currently associated to The New Islamic Public Sphere Programme. Research interests include civil society and media in Turkey, public sphere and political culture.