Magdalena Suerbaum

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.

Magdalena has submitted her PhD thesis entitled “Mosaics of Masculinity – Gender negotiations among Syrian refugee men in Egypt” at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. 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.


[Forthcoming] “Becoming and “Unbecoming” Refugees – Making Sense of Masculinity and Refugeeness among Syrian refugee men in Egypt”. Men and Masculinities.

[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.