Dr Miriyam Aouragh
Miriyam Aouragh has interests in mobility, interactivity, empowerment, grassroots activism and the construction of (imagined) online communities. She is studying the implications of new generation/Internet 2.0 for Palestinian and Lebanese activists.
Trained as an anthropologist at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), Goldsmiths University (London) and Birzeit University (Palestine), focusing on Race and Racism and Palestinian political movements, Miriyam Aouragh continued as a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam where she embarked on a study of the Palestinian Internet. She also taught on anthropology, sociology and ethnic and racial studies at the University of Amsterdam.
During her MA fieldwork she noticed the mushrooming of Internet cafes and wondered what the effect would be on Palestinians reaching out to the world, and for those 'outside' in exile to link up with those 'inside' the Occupied Territories. She observed and interviewed the Internet actors themselves: the Palestinian producers and consumers of the Internet. In order to grasp the complexities of 'a nation in multiple states' she employed a multi-sited approach by including Jordan and Lebanon in her general approach and fieldwork, which took place between 2001 and 2005.
During her time as a PhD researcher, Miriyam observed the development of the Internet in terms of new possibilities for overcoming immobility and in motivating interactivity, and how these social effects have enabled social movements to target broader audiences. After her PhD, the nature, style and political economies of what she termed 'Cyber Intifada', became her main research focus. Miriyam was awarded a Rubicon (NWO) grant to embark on this research at the Oxford Internet Institute. She currently studies the everyday political implications of Web 2.0 for Palestinian and Lebanese activist groups, the role of the Internet during the ongoing Arab revolutions, and teaches Cyber Politics of the Middle East at Oxford University's Middle East Centre. Her Book "Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity" has been published by IB Tauris (2011).
Email: firstname.lastname at oii.ox.ac.uk
virtual mobility, online empowerment, grassroots activism, Internet and Arab revolutions, construction of online exiled communities
Positions held at the OII
- Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow, January 2009 - December 2011
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Confined offline, Traversing online: Palestinian Mobility through the Prism of the Internet. Mobilities 6 (3) 375-397.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam, by Philip N. Howard (Book review). Political Communication 28 (3) 394-397.
- Aouragh, M. and Alexander, A. (2011) Sense and Nonsense of Facebook Revolutions. IJCS. Special Issue on Arab Revolutions and New Media.
- Aouragh, M. (2008) Virtual Intifada: Online Activism and everyday Resistance. Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research 1 (2) 109-130.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the construction of Identity. London: I.B. Tauris.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Intolerance in the name of Tolerance: Resisting - while Experiencing - Islamophobia. In: P.Essed and I.Hoving (Eds) Dutch Racism. Amsterdam and New York: Thamyris, Rodopi.
- Aouragh, M (forthcoming) Virtual Activism vs. Virtual Imperialism: Impediments of Palestinian online engagement. In: L.Jayyushi (Ed.) New Media in the Middle East. Muwatin Press.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Gender Dynamics in Palestinian Internet Cafes. In: S.Joseph (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.
- Aouragh, M. (2010) Palestinian Diaspora: Virtual spaces - Territorial places. In: J.Husseini and A.Signoles (Eds) Institut des Hautes Etudes.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Palestinian Identity and New Technologies. The Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher Studies: New Technologies of Information and Communication, New tools for Democracy in Arabic Countries? March 2011, Granada, Spain.
- Aouragh, M. (2010) Online Hasbara and Cyber warfare: The blessings and curses of grassroots politics in cyberspace. Muwatin's 16th Annual Conference: New Modalities of Struggle for Palestinian Rights, October 2010, Ramallah, Palestine.
- Aouragh, M. (2010) Cyber Intifada 2.0: Palestinian and pro-Palestinian activism on the internet. World Congress of Middle East Studies (Wocmes), July 2010, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
- Aouragh, M. (2010) Palestine Online: Constructing an imagined community in Cyberspace. May 2010, Institut d'études de l'Islam et des Sciences du Monde Musulman, EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris, France.
- Aouragh, M. (2009) Virtual space - Territorial place: The internet, Palestinian Diaspora, and the construction of an imagined community. December 2009, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, UK.
- Aouragh, M. (2009) Gender and Palestinian Internet Utilisation. Women Studies Institute Annual Conference, October 2009, Birzeit University, Palestine.
- Aouragh, M. (2009) Virtual Intifada 2.0, chances and challenges. October 2009, Faculty of Computer and Technology Science, Birzeit University, Palestine.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Media in Conflict and Peace building. Ox Peace Media Conference, May 2011, St John's College, University of Oxford, UK.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) What can Social work learn from the Arab Revolutions? Annual SWAN conference, April 2011, Birmingham University, UK.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Right to Self Determination in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. April 2011, Lancaster University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Assessing implication of Web 2.0 during the Arab Revolutions. Children's and Young People's Media in Africa, March 2011, CAMRI University of Westminster, London, UK.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Blogs & Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change. Expert Roundtable, February 2011, Stanford University.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) The making of Palestine in Cyberspace: 'Glocal' Representations.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Internet activism in Palestine: Beyond Facebook Intifada.
- Aouragh, M. and Faulkner, M. (2011) Visual Rhetoric as Virtual Resistance: Palestinian representations on-offline.
- Aouragh, M. (2011) Cyber-Cide: the war on terror and the crackdown of (pro) Palestinian online activism.
- Aouragh, M. and Al Azza, A. (2011) The Online through the Prism of the Online, or: Use and Useless benefits of the internet for grassroots political activism in Palestine.
Recorded on: 28 March 2011 Duration: 01:03:05
Revolutions are currently sweeping the Arab world, from Tunisia to Egypt and Libya to Bahrain. The Internet has been reported as a key factor, but we in fact know little of its role in these revolutions.
16 November 2012 Los Angeles Times
Miriyam Aouragh questions the effectiveness of increasing use of social media in the battle front although she acknowledges the enormous number of protests organised via Facebook and Twitter.
26 August 2010 Mondoweiss
Miriyam Aouragh reviews the book "The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives" (G.Achcar, Metropolitan Books).
13 May 2010 Times Higher Education
Miriyam Aouragh reviews the book "Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation" (G. Baramki, Pluto Press).
Miriyam Aouragh on 25 Dec 2011 04:47AM
Palestine4Ever: The Internet IdentityBy: Leah CaldwellPublished Friday, December 23, 2011Palestine’s relationship with the internet, as Miriyam Aouragh tells us in Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and the Construction of Identity (Tauris, [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 7 Nov 2011 11:09AM
Rethinking Revolutionary Processes: What is the Digital Difference? -Network Power - Identity and Class.Roundtable - November 24th 11-2 (12.00 - 15.00)Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus, Coslett Building Room COS 406Do the events of the 'Arab [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 24 Oct 2011 10:23AM
The article Confined Offline - Traversing Online: Palestinian mobility through the prism of the Internetis now available in Mobilities (Volume 6 (3): 375-397).AbstractThe massive Palestinian exodus of the 1948 Nakba left a deep imprint in the Palestinian [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 19 Sep 2011 13:26PM
Deze week in Z.O.Z. bij de VPRO: Een onafhankelijke Palestijnse Staat [Zaterdag 17 September]Debating the announced proposal of the declaration of the Palestinian State in the UN.Is it a justified and correct attempt of the PA to achieve independence, or [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 4 Oct 2011 05:02AM
Our article 'The Arab Spring| The Egyptian Experience: Sense and Nonsense of the Internet Revolution' is available now.Miriyam Aouragh, Anne AlexanderThis article is a contribution to the debate about the role of the Internet in mobilizations for [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 13 Aug 2011 03:14AM
by Miriyam Aouragh, Shahid Buttar, Elijah Meeks, Laila Shereen Sakr August 9 2011 As the world continues to reel from the shockwaves sent by the recent violence in Norway, we need also to grapple with the reactions that immediately followed and what they [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 28 Mar 2011 13:31PM
Facebook Resistance? Understanding the role of the Internet in the Arab Revolutions28 March 2011Description:Revolution 2.0Revolutions are currently sweeping the Arab world: from Tunisia to Egypt and Libya to Bahrain. After decades of dictatorship, mass [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 27 Jul 2011 13:12PM
[Screen shot of Sky News feature of daily headlines showing that of The Sun.] by Miriyam Aouragh and Richard SeymourEuropean media coverage of the Norwegian tragedy has led with dangerous and clichéd arguments about ‘Islamic extremism’ and [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 11 Jul 2011 10:46AM
Dr Miriyam Aouragh - MIRAGE IN THE DESERT - REPORTING THE ARAB SPRINGDR MIRIYAM AOURAGH is a Research Fellow Oxford University Internet Institute Miriyam is studying the implications of new generation/Internet 2.0 for Palestinian and Lebanese activists.22 [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 20 Jun 2011 06:42AM
Book launch Friday 24 June 201112.30-13.30 VU University Amsterdam, Metropolitan building, Buitenveldertselaan 3 Room Z 113 Dear colleagues, You are cordially invited to attend the book launch of one our alumni: Palestine Online. Transnationalism, the [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 14 Jun 2011 04:23AM
Speaking at: MIRAGE IN THE DESERT - REPORTING THE ARAB SPRING - JUNE 15TH 2011A COVENTRY/BBC COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM LINCOLN JOURNALISMCHAIR; KEVIN MARSH. Kevin is the Former Editor of 'Today''The World at One' and 'PM' on BBC Radio Four.He has just retired [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 31 May 2011 05:55AM
Technology and Power: Use of New Media in the Middle East. OxPeace 2011ReleasedMay 17, 2011Miriyam Aouragh, Oxford Internet Institute, gives the second talk in the third of the 2011 OxPeace Conference See no. 3
Miriyam Aouragh on 18 May 2011 10:32AM
This is the companion site to the EASA Media Anthropology Network workshop and research project Critical Perspectives on Media and Social Change. The workshop will be held on 27 May 2011 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. [...]
Miriyam Aouragh on 16 May 2011 12:42PM
Time TableAs Co-organiser of this years ORF at Oxford University I hereby Invite EVERYONE to join us at this Fantastic Annual Event
Miriyam Aouragh on 25 Apr 2011 12:14PM