Tass Sharkawi

PhD student

Research Overview

My research is mainly situated within social movement research and critical citizenship studies. I also draw on the forced migration and refugee studies research tradition.

My doctoral research looks at the shifting meanings and experiences of citizenship of young Syrian refugees and asylum seekers in Europe through their engagement with contentious politics. The study is a multi-sited ethnographic account of the experiences of young Syrian forced migrants as they engage in self-organized extra-territorial activism against the Syrian state after they have been resettled in Europe. The research problem focuses on various aspects of their experiences of organizing and mobilizing, exploring how their political subjectivities are produced and transformed, and the ways their activism engages with political bodies, state and non-state actors and the public sphere of their host communities.

I am also interested in the topics of student movements, scholar activism, and academic freedom in higher education, particularly in politically repressive settings. I completed my doctoral coursework in the departments of Educational Research and Linguistics.