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Sociology Research

 

Zeina Al Azmeh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Educated in Syria, Lebanon, the US, and the UK, she has two master’s degrees in social and cultural theory and in music composition and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance.

Research Interests

Zeina is interested in the intersections between cultural trauma, forced migration, and the sociology of intellectuals, focusing on the role of exiled Syrian intellectuals' in the construction of a Syrian cultural trauma and how such a role interacts with current and previous understandings of the political role of intellectuals.
Her previous work explored the relationship between nomadic subjectivity with a focus on Deleuze and Guattari and the idea of home as a place of fixity, particularly in the context of exile and displacement.

Teaching

Zeina's teaching engagements have ranged from music theory to an interdisciplinary course on the Medical Humanities. While eclectic these opportunities have given her valuable experience in designing, teaching and organising undergraduate courses with a commitment to course assessment and continuous improvement.

The first course in music theory resulted in the publication of the first Arabic language music theory textbook by the Syrian Ministry of Culture. 

The second course in the medical humanities resulted in the publication of a book chapter by Palgrave.

For the past three years, she has been involved in small group teaching at the sociology department of the University of Cambridge where she supervises papers on a range of topics including social movements and contentious politics, war and revolutions, cultural trauma theory, control and resistance in digital societies; and classical social theory.

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Al Azmeh, Zeina and Du, Xiangyun. 2017. Arts and Medicine: Connecting the Arts and Humanities to Professional Education. In T. Chemi  X. Du, Arts-Based Methods and Organizational Learning. Palgrave Macmillan

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Al Azmeh, Z, McLaughlin, C. Dillabough, J., Fimyara, O., Abdualateef, S., Abedtalas, M. Al Abdullahe, A.Al Oklah, Al-Hussein, Al Ibrahim, Al Mohamad Barmu, Rashid Mamog, Shaban. (2020). Cultural trauma and the politics of access to higher education in Syria. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 

McLaughlin, C. Dillabough, J., Fimyara, O., Al Azmeh, Z., Abdualateef, S.,  Abedtalas, M. Al Abdullahe, A.Al Oklah, Al-Hussein, Al Ibrahim, Al Mohamad Barmu, Rashid Mamog, Shaban (2020). Testimonies of Syrian Academic Displacement Post-2011: Time, place and the agentic self. International Journal of Educational Research Open. On-line publication doi: 10.1016/j.ijedro.2020.100003

Dillabough, J., Fimyar, O., McLaughlin, Al Azmeh, Z, Abdualateef, S., Abedtalas, M. (2018). Conflict, insecurity and the political economies of higher education: The case of Syria post-2011. International Journal of Comparative Education and Development. 

Al Azmeh, Zeina. 2014. Nomadic Feminism: Four Lines of Flight. European Scientific Journal. June 2014 /SPECIAL/ edition vol.2

Kassim, Norizan Mohd; Najdawi, Mohamad; Al Azmeh, Zeina; Sadiq, Hissa. 2010. Effects of institutional reform on corporate image and value in a developing country context, Measuring Business Excellence, 14:2 32 – 45

Key Publications - Other

Dillabough J., Fimyar, O., McLaughlin, C., Al Azmeh, Z. and Jebril, M. (2018a) Syrian higher education pre-2011: Literature review and enquiry, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge – Report.

Dillabough J., Fimyar, O., McLaughlin, C., Al Azmeh, Z. and Jebril, M. (2018b) Syrian higher education post-2011: Literature review and enquiry, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge – Report.

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PhD Candidate, Selwyn College
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