Dr. Alyssa Miller

Research Fellow

Dr. Alyssa Miller

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • Since 11/2021: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies; Scientific Coordinator for IFG on Identities and Beliefs, MECAM project (in Tunisia)

    • 2020 - 2021: Visiting Lecturer, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, USA

    • 2019 - 2020: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Humanities Center, University of Pennsylvania

    • Education: PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin; CASA Fellow, American University in Cairo

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Religion and National Identity

    • Marginalization and Social Inequality

    • Borderlands

    • Transitional Justice

    • Kinship and Ambiguous Loss

    Länder und Regionen

    • Middle East

    • Tunisia

    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow


    #MECAM #Indentities and Beliefs | 06.2022

    The UGTT: A “Counter-Power” in Contentious Times – Notes from the Field

    Introductory essay for #MECAM #Identities&Beliefs series on the UGTT.

    Arbia Selmi

    Zentrum Marc Bloch e.V.

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.11.2022 - 31.12.2024

    Kinship and the Affective Politics of Citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

    This project examines the politics of kin-work performed by families of Tunisian ex-combatants, a form of affective labor that sustains care relations for kin who have migrated to regional sites of jihad. In a hostile public sphere where the jihadi denotes a monstrous form of life, any political advocacy for ex-combatants requires first recovering their humanity. Drawing on street protests, TV talk shows, and other cultural forms, I show how kinship claims reinforce citizenship rights under the Global War on Terror.
    AvH, 2022-2024

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity, Phase I

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Lehre | GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien | Politische Verantwortlichkeit und Partizipation | GIGA Doktorandenprogramm | 2022

    Interdisciplinarity in Practice: The Venture of MECAM

    GIGA Doktorandenprogramm


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