Magdalena Suerbaum

Dr. Magdalena Suerbaum


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Magdalena Suerbaum is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity. Her research focuses on the social implications of legal statuses and determination processes among recent asylum-seekers in Germany. Her research project is part of the Max Planck Research Initiative “The Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion”.

Magdalena holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her PhD thesis is entitled: “Mosaics of Masculinity – Gender negotiations among Syrian refugee men in Egypt”. She collected data during 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Egypt in 2014/2015. She holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Exeter in Middle East and Islamic Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the Philipps University Marburg in Islamic Studies.


[2018] “Becoming and “Unbecoming” Refugees. Making sense of Masculinity and Refugeness among Syrian refugee men in Egypt”. Men and Masculinities - Special Issue: Arab Masculinities: Anthropological Reconceptions 21(3), pp. 363-382. Link

[2018] “Defining the Other to masculinize Oneself – Syrian Men’s Negotiations of Masculinity during Displacement in Egypt”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society - Special Issue: Displacement 43(3).

[2017] “What does it mean to be young for Syrian men living as refugees in Cairo?”. Middle East – Topics & Arguments 9, pp. 122-131. 

[2017] “Book Review: Masculinities Under Neoliberalism, by Cornwall, Andrea; Karioris, Frank & Nancy Lindisfarne (eds.).” Allegra Laboratory 15.02.2017.