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Helga Tawil-Souri

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

Media, Culture, and Communication

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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.

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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

Cultural Geography of Commodities: Coffee

This course will investigate the cultural geography of a specific commodity, assessing historical & contemporary issues that inform modes of production & development of international or domestic trade.The subtopic may vary.Students will work as a team to produce a project that analyzes the intricacies of the commodity—in this case, coffee.The course will include on-the-ground research and site visits.
Course #
MCC-UE 1762
Units
4
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Helga Tawil-Souri ,
Department

Media, Culture and Communication Core

Examines theoretical approaches that are central to the study of media, culture, and communication. provides students with a historical and critical framework for understanding the literature and research traditions within the field of media studies with an emphasis on media and communication as institutional actors, technological artifacts, systems of representation and meaningful cultural objects.
Course #
MCC-GE 2001
Units
4
Term
Fall
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Professors

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