EDUCATION

Ph.D.  Communication (Anticipated Fall 2018)

School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Dissertation Title: Willing the Impossible: Reconciling the Holocaust and the Nakba Through Photograph-based Storytelling

M.A. Modern Middle Eastern History (2006)

Department of History, Simon Fraser University

Thesis Title: The Development of Pan-Arab Broadcasting Under Authoritarian Regimes – A Comparison of Sawt al-Arab (“Voice of the Arabs”) and Al Jazeera News Channel

B.A. Communication (major)/Middle Eastern and Islamic History (minor) (2004)

School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Diploma in Radio Broadcast Communications (1998)

British Columbia Institute of Technology

PUBLICATIONS (Click on title to access article/report.)

Refereed Journal Articles

Musleh-Motut, Nawal.  "From Palestine to the Canadian Diaspora: The Multiple Social Biographies of the Musleh Family's Photographic Archive."  Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 8 (2015).  307-326.  Print.

Musleh-Motut, Nawal.  “Negotiating Palestine Through the Familial Gaze: A Photographic (Post)memory Project.”  TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 27 (Spring 2012). 133-52.  Print.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Musleh-Motut, Nawal.  “Comics and the Art of Witnessing: Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza.” 

Refereed Web-based Publications

Musleh-Motut, Nawal.  “Witnessing in Palestinian-Israeli Peacebuilding.”  Center for Empathy in International Affairs (July 2016). 

Other Publications

Murray, Catherine A. (director), Shane Halasz, Nawal Musleh, and Anu Sahota.  Silent on the Set: Cultural Diversity and Race in English Canadian TV Drama.  Hull: Strategic Research and Analysis (SRA), Strategic Policy and Research, Department of Canadian Heritage, 2002.  Print.

AWARDS AND HONOURS

Major Awards

Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) ($20,000) (2013/2014)

COGECO Graduate Scholarship in Communications, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($12,640) (2012)

Minor Awards

Travel and Minor Research Award, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($700) (2015)

Travel and Minor Research Award, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($700) (2015)

Travel and Minor Research Award, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($1000) (2014)           

Travel and Minor Research Award, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($700) (2014)

President’s PhD Scholarship, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($6,250) (2013)

Shahrgon Annual Graduate Award in Critical Independent Journalism Studies for the Promotion of Citizenship and Democracy, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($2,000) (2012)

Graduate Fellowship, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($6,250) (2012)          

Graduate Fellowship, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($6,250) (2011)         

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University ($4,000) (2010)          

Graduate Fellowship, Department of History, Simon Fraser University ($6,000) (2005)

Honours

Second Prize, Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia Student Conference (2012)

First Prize, Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia Student Conference (2009)

INVITED TALKS

Presenter.  “Empathy and Beyond: Witnessing the Holocaust and the Nakba Through Photograph-based Storytelling.” Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution Conference.  London, England: March 7, 2016.

Workshop Organizer/Leader.  “Politico-Ethical Engagement and Witnessing Through Family Photograph-based Storytelling.”  The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University.  Montréal, QC: September 23, 2015.  

Guest Speaker.  “Reconciling Contending Collective Memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba.”  History 1104: World History Since 1945.  Douglas College, New Westminster, BC.  March 11, 2015.

Guest Speaker. “Being a Child of Palestinians in Diaspora – The Effects of the 1967 Arab/Israeli War.”  History 335: Arab-Zionist Relations. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC: May 28, 2009. 

Guest Speaker.  “Orientalism and the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict – Exploring Silenced Historical Perspectives.”  International Relations 109.  University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC: January 26, January 29, and June 15, 2009.

Guest Lecturer.  “An Introduction to the Life and Reforms of Atatürk the Founder of Modern Turkey.”  History 106: Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the 20th Century.  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC: March 31, 2005.

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION  

Presenter.  “Worldliness and the Oppositional Public Intellectual: The Rewards and Challenges of Facilitating Palestinian/Israeli Peacebuilding Inside and Outside the University.” 13th Annual Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference.  Riverside, Greater Los Angeles Area, CA: May 21-24, 2015. 

Presenter.  “Reconciling the Traumas of the Holocaust and the Nakba: Peacebuilding Through Photograph-based Digital Storytelling.” XVIII Annual International Oral History Association Conference.  Barcelona, Spain: July 9-12, 2014.

Panel Organizer/Panel Chair/Presenter.  “Reconciling the Holocaust and the Nakba: Ethical Engagement and Witnessing Through Photograph-based Storytelling.  Annual Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Conference.  Victoria, BC: June 5-7, 2013. 

Presenter (Second Prize).  “Memory, Storytelling, and Publicness: An Arendtian Approach to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.”  Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia 4th Annual Student Conference.  Vancouver, BC: March 24, 2012. 

Presenter.  “The Alternative Comic as Radical Media: A Visual and Documentary Analysis of Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza.”  International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) Conference.  Vancouver, BC: July 6-8, 2011.

Presenter.  “Negotiating Palestine Through the Familial Gaze: A Photographic (Post)memory Project.”  Annual Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Conference.  Fredericton, NB: June 1-3, 2011.

Presenter (First Prize).   “The Holocaust and the Nakba: Contending Collective Memories in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.”  Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia 1st Annual Student Conference.  Vancouver, BC: May 9, 2009. 

Presenter.  “Remembering and Forgetting: The Polysemous Nature of the Memorialization of Shaykh ‘Izz al-Din al-Qassam (d 1936).”  Qualicum Graduate Conference.  Qualicum, BC: January 29, 2005. 

CAMPUS OR DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

Converser/Respondent.  Conversations with Unusual Suspects: On the Sensorial, Art, and Ethnography – Atomic Childhood Around 1980.  The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) and the Institute for Performance Studies (IPS), Simon Fraser University.  Vancouver, BC: October 13, 2016. 

Workshop and Roundtable Participant/Final Report Author. Know the Ledge We’re On: From Accountability to Activist Research.  The Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities, Simon Fraser University.  Vancouver, BC: April 17, 2015.

Roundtable Participant.  Researching Empire, Race, and Colonialism; the Margins or the Centre of Communication Studies? Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication’s 40th Anniversary Conference.  Vancouver, BC: June 8, 2013. 

Guest Lecturer.  “Joe Sacco’s Palestine: Comics Journalism as a Documentary Medium.”  Communication 322: Documentary Media. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC: April 3, 2012. 

Guest Lecturer.  “An Introduction to the Life and Reforms of Atatürk the Founder of Modern Turkey.”  History 106: Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the 20th Century.  Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC: March 31, 2005. 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Simon Fraser University)

Term Lecturer

Race and the Media (Fall 2017)

Sessional Instructor

Race and the Media (Summer 2017; Spring 2017; Fall 2016; Summer 2016)

News Discourse as Political Communication (Fall 2016; Fall 2015; Summer 2015; Fall 2014)

Evaluation Methods for Applied Communication Research (co-taught) (Summer 2017; Spring 2017; Spring 2015)

Colonialism, Culture, and Identity (Spring 2016; Spring 2014)

Women and New Information Technologies (Summer 2014; Fall 2013)

Teaching Assistant

Everyday Communication (Summer 2013; Fall 2010; Spring 2006)

The Cultural Production of Popular Music (Fall 2012; Summer 2012; Summer 2011)

Communication in Conflict and Intervention (Spring 2013)

Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research (Spring 2012)

Empirical Methods for Communications Research (Fall 2011)

Modern Middle East (Fall 2005; Fall 2004)

Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the 20th Century (Spring 2005)

Tutor Marker

Race and the Media  (Spring 2016; Fall 2015; Summer 2015; Spring 2015; Fall 2014; Spring 2014; Spring 2013)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant to Zoë Druick, Undergraduate Chair, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University (Spring 2011)

Research Specialist/Historical Researcher, The History Group Inc. (September 2006 – August 2010)

Research Assistant to Robert A. Hackett, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University (September 2003 – May 2004)

Research Assistant to Catherine A. Murray, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (April 2002 – December 2002)

DEPARTMENT/UNIVERITY SERVICE (Simon Fraser University)

Graduate Student Representative, Aboriginal Communication and Media Studies Search Committee, School of Communication (2016-2017)

Committee Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, School of Communication (2015)

Guest Speaker, SSHRC Workshop, School of Communication (2014 and 2013)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/OUTREACH

Periodically provide volunteer consultation to the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE).

Former member of the Board of Directors for Peace It Together – a Vancouver based initiative that brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth from overseas to build and promote peace through joint dialogue, filmmaking, and community engagement – from March 2013 until the organization dissolved in October 2015.

Former member of the fundraising committee for the Maple Ridge branch of the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) from January 2012 to June 2014.

Former steering committee member, core facilitator, and volunteer for Peace It Together’s 2004 cohort (see above). 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Standard Digital Storytelling Workshop, Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA (December 11-13, 2013).

NONACADEMIC COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Manager, Entertainment Division, Nextlevel.com Inc. (July 1998 – January 2001)

On-air Shift Producer (Operator), CFOX 99.3 FM (May 1997 – October 1998)

Music Library Assistant, CFML 104.5 (cable/BCIT) (September 1997 – May 1998)

Publicity Assistant, Amar Management (March 1996 – July 1998)

Publicity Assistant, Vocal Point Promotions, Publicity and Public Relations (June 1995 – October 1995)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

Associate, The Center for Empathy in International Affairs (2016 - present)

Affiliate, The Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University (2015 - present)

REFERENCES

Available upon request.