Helga Tawil-Souri

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

Helga Tawil-Souri

Phone: 212-992-9437
Office Hours: Summer/Fall 2014 - by appointment ONLY

Associated Faculty Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies

Starting January 2015 Helga will be Director of NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

Helga works on issues to do with technology, media, culture, territory and politics in the Middle East, and especially Palestine-Israel. She has researched and written on Arab media; Palestinian cinema, television, videogames and popular culture; on telecommunications and internet infrastructure and development in the Palestinian Territories; as well as on cultural/territorial politics in Palestine-Israel including analyzing checkpoints as cultural and economic spaces, identification cards as material artifacts and territorially-bordering mechanisms. By and large, Helga's scholarship deals with how media/cultural technologies are shaped, used, negotiated, circulated and impeded in the contemporary geopolitical context of the Middle East.

Helga has published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles and an equal number of invited chapters, has a monograph titled Digital Occupation forthcoming, is currently co-editing a volume on Arab Media and Culture, serves on a number of journal editorial boards and Middle Eastern non-profit foundations.

Helga teaches courses at undergraduate and graduate levels on topics including borders and spatiality, Arab media, critical theory and media studies, Israel/Palestine, war and media, globalization and international development, and what has been referred to as "the coffee class" (cultural geography of commodities).

Her BA is in English Literature and Economics from McGill University. She holds an MA from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Before academia, Helga worked as a researcher and strategic analyst at a multinational media conglomerate and as an internet consultant. She has lived in various parts of North America, Europe, and the Middle East, which has resulted in border-crossings of various kinds, an obsession with im/mobility, and the ability to fluently communicate in six languages. Helga also spends time behind a camera, as a photographer and documentary film-maker.




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