The board of the NSMES is elected for a three year period at the Nordic Conference which takes place every third year.
The current board is:
Olof Heilo is deputy director of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. He wrote his PhD in Byzantine and Early Islamic history at the University of Vienna and has taught Modern and Middle Eastern history at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. His main focus is on conceptions of history and identity between Europe and the Middle East.
Elena Chiti is an Associate Professor at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies, at Stockholm University, which she joined after a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oslo. She is a cultural historian specializing in Egypt, interested in public morals and identity-making through popular culture.
Laura Wickström is a PhD-Candidate and currently specializes in Islam and ecology within the Department of Comparative Religion at Åbo Akademi University. She has a master’s degree in public international law with specialization in human rights law as well. She worked as research-coordinator at the Finnish Institute in the Middle East in Lebanon 2015-2016.
Magnus Halsnes is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Bergen. His research focuses on bordering processes, nomadism, infrastructure and cartography in the Syrian Desert during the Mandate period.
Chairs of the NSMES
The chairs of the NSMES have been:
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