Researcher and Language training expert
Rafah Barhoum is a researcher from Syria working on a number of projects that focus Syrian culture and identity, the Syrian diaspora, sustainability and education strategies in response to the on-going crisis. Other research interests concern human rights issues, especially women’s rights, religion and minorities in the Middle East. Current research projects include:
- Education in transition, with Helen Avery developing transnational strategies for education to address needs of refugees and displaced populations in the Middle East;
- Livelihoods for Syrian refugees in Egypt, Lebanon & Turkey;
- Sustainable camps, training and capacity building in refugee camps (Lebanon)
- Articulations of identity and language of Syrian Alawites in Europe, as part of the CMES project Between revival and a vision for the future: Syrian Alawi identities in flux, with Leif Stenberg, Spyros Sofos, and Fanny Christou.
- Women’s short stories in Egypt after 2011, with Mohammed Al-Mahfali • Arabic culture in the diaspora in Sweden, with Mohammed Al-Mahfali
- Human rights in the Arab World, led by Mark LeVine, as part of the Research and Public Policy-making in the Arab World Programme in collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut and the Arab Institute for Human Rights, Tunis.
Besides her involvement in different research projects, Rafah is responsible for training in Arabic language and culture for staff and students at CMES. She provides language support and expertise in connection with events such as conferences, seminars or foreign delegations visiting Lund, as well as reviewing and translating academic materials in Arabic for the Centre.
Rafah previously worked as a Supervisor teacher of Modern Standard Arabic at the Higher Language Institute, Damascus University. Teaching and testing Arabic as a foreign language in addition to conducting lectures on issues related to curriculum and materials development. She has also worked in a project about Refugee education in Lebanon as a trainer for Syrian refugee teachers in the Beqaa valley and Beirut in Lebanon organized by the NGO Syria What Will Be.