Tass Sharkawi

PhD student

Research Overview

My research examines political subjectivities in the activism of Syrian forced migrants in Europe. I am looking at how this particular group of forced migrants enacts and performs citizenship. The study is an ethnography 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, the transnational networks of activism they form, and the ways their activism engages with political bodies, social actors and the public sphere of their host communities.

My research is mainly situated within critical citizenship studies and social movements research from a contentious politics perspective. I also draw on approaches from New Literacy Studies.

On a different note, I am also interested in the topic of academic freedom in higher education terrains, particularly in the context of fragile democracies and politically repressive settings, and in relation to institutional practices. I am currently working on a paper – for coursework in the Educational Research Department – on academic freedom in higher education in Egypt drawing on ethnographic approaches.

Identity construction in narratives of Syrian forced migrants: ‘Small stories’ as a model of analysis
Sharkawi, T. 18/06/2016

Narratives of literacy experiences of Syrian refugees in European host countries
Sharkawi, T. 31/03/2016

Can IELTS and the CEFR do what our can dos can do?: assessing student writing practices on Lancaster University’s EAP (Study Skills) Programme
Indrarathne, B., Unger, J., Sharkawi, T. 28/02/2015

Identity-based anxiety in the language classroom: a case study
Sharkawi, T. 11/01/2009 In: Critical pedagogy in the Middle East. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars p. 149-176. 28 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)