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Helga Tawil-Souri

Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication (On Leave 2019-2020)

Media, Culture, and Communication

212-992-9437

Associate Professor Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies

Helga works on issues to do with technology, media, culture, territory and politics with a particular focus on the Middle East, and especially Palestine-Israel. She has researched and written on Arab media; Palestinian cinema, television, video games 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.

Helga has published a wide range of peer-reviewed articles and invited chapters. She is co-editor of the 2016 book Gaza as Metaphor. She serves on a number of journal editorial boards and non-profit foundations. She served as the Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU between 2014 and 2018.

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), which is not always about coffee.

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 and a half languages. Helga also spends time behind a camera, as a photographer and documentary film-maker.

Selected Publications

  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2019). The Internet Pigeon Network. in Open Gaza, ed. Terreform (forthcoming)
  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2018). Checkpoint Time. Qui Parle.
  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2017). SpectrumCultural Anthropology
  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2017). Putting Palestinians on a Diet. Social Text, Periscope 
  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2017). Surveillance Sublime. Jerusalem Quarterly 68 
  • Tawil-Souri, H. (2016). Between Digital Flows and Territorial Borders: ICTs in the Palestine-Israel-EU Matrix; in Raffaella Del Sarto, ed. Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Palgrave.

Programs

Media, Culture, and Communication

Our media studies programs train agile researchers of a shifting media landscape. Learn to analyze media and technology in its cultural, social, and global contexts.

Courses

Introduction to Media Studies

Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated forms of communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include: the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values and behaviors; the role of media professionals; the impact of new media technologies.
Course #
MCC-UE 1
Units
4
Term
Fall, January, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Aurora Wallace , Helga Tawil-Souri ,
Department

Middle East Media and Cultural Politics

Examines developments of culture, politics, and media in contemporary Middle East through an historical and cultural lens. Course is organized by theoretical theme and geographic location and addresses culture as a site of struggle; the impact of globatlization on Arab mass media; the connections between civil society, demoracy and Islam; and gender, national and diasporic identities.
Course #
MCC-GE 2275
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring
Faculty

Professors

Helga Tawil-Souri ,
Department

War as Media

This course examines the proposition that contemporary war should be understood as media. Was has become mediatized and media has been militarized. This course treats war and political violence as communicative acts and technologies and focuses on how they shape our understanding and experience of landscape, vision, body, time and memory.
Course #
MCC-UE 1351
Units
4
Term
Fall, Spring, Summer
Faculty

Professors

Helga Tawil-Souri ,
Department