Centre for Global Media and Communications

Dr Atef Alshaer

Key information

Centre for Global Media and Communications Research Associate Associate Member
BA (Birzeit University, Palestine), MA and PhD (SOAS, University of London)


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Dr. Atef Alshaer - Language and Power in the Arab World

My research interests include language, politics and literature of the Arab world in particular. In Arabic culture, political discourses tend to draw on rich political and literary traditions which are used by various groups in different ways. I have researched, alongside other scholars, a number of interrelated themes, including nationalist and Islamist discourses and their interrelations in Palestine, political poetry, avant-garde classical and modern Arabic poetry, the politics and culture of movements such as the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, and the Lebanese movement Hizbullah; language and national identity in the Palestinian territories and postcolonial ideas and their relevance to Palestinian conditions and Arab narratives in general.

Research interests

Linguistics, Literature, philosophy and history and politics of the Arab World.