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.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2018). Checkpoint Time. Qui Parle 26(2).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2017). Spectrum. Cultural Anthropology.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2017). Surveillance Sublime: The Security State in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Quarterly 68
- Tawil-Souri, H., & Matar, Dina, eds. (2016). Gaza as Metaphor. Hurst Publishers.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2015). Cellular borders: Dis/connecting phone calls in Israel-palestine, in Parks, L. and Starosielski, N. eds., Signal traffic: Critical studies of media infrastructures.
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2014). Cinema as the Space to Transgress Palestine’s Territorial Trap. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 7(2).
- Tawil-Souri, H. and M. Aouragh. (2014). "Intifada 3.0? Cyber colonialism and Palestinian resistance." Arab Studies Journal 22.1
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Digital Occupation: Gaza's High-Tech Enclosure. Journal of Palestine Studies 41(2).
- Tawil-Souri. H. (2012). It’s Still About the Power of Place. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 5(1).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2012). Mapping Israel–Palestine. Political Geography, 1(31).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Where is the political in cultural studies? In Palestine. International Journal of Cultural Studies 14(5).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Colored Identity: The Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Social Text 29(2).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2011). Qalandia Checkpoint as Space and Nonplace. Space and Culture 14(1).
- Tawil-Souri, H. (2009). New Palestinian centers: An ethnography of the `checkpoint economy'. International Journal of Cultural Studies 12(3).