Doctor of Philosophy – Communication
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; September 2010 – present; Senior Supervisor: Dr. Stuart Poyntz
Comprehensive Fields: Visuality, Perception and Power; Storytelling and Politico-ethical Witnessing
Working Dissertation Title: Reconciling the Holocaust and Nakba – Peacebuilding through the Storying of Postmemory
Master of Arts – History (Modern Middle East)
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; September 2004 – November 2006; Senior Supervisor: Dr. William L. Cleveland
Thesis: The Development of Pan-Arab Broadcasting Under Authoritarian Regimes – A Comparison of Sawt al-Arab (“Voice of the Arabs”) and Al Jazeera News Channel
Bachelor of Arts – Communication Major with a Minor Concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic History
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; September 2001 – April 2004
Diploma – Radio Broadcast Communications
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC; September 1996 – May 1998
Peer Reviewed Publications
Musleh-Motut, Nawal. “Comics and the Art of Witnessing: Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza.” (in progress).
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.
Musleh-Motut, Nawal. “Witnessing in Palestinian-Israeli Peacebuilding.” Center for Empathy in International Affairs (July 2016). http://www.centerforempathy.org/witnessing-in-palestinian-israeli-peacebuilding
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.
ACADEMIC AWARDS & HONOURS
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship – $20,000 – 2013/2014
President’s PhD Scholarship – $6,250 – Summer 2013
Shahrgon Annual Graduate Award in Critical Independent Journalism Studies for the Promotion of Citizenship and Democracy – $2,000 – Fall 2012
Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC Student Conference – Second Prize (Presentation/Paper: “Memory, Storytelling and Publicness: An Arendtian Approach to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict”) – March 24, 2012
Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship – $6,250 – Spring 2012
COGECO Graduate Scholarship in Communications – $12,640 – Spring/Summer 2012
Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship – $6,250 – Summer 2011
Simon Fraser University Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship – $4,000 – Fall 2010
Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC Student Conference – First Prize (Presentation/Paper: “The Holocaust and the Nakba: Contending Collective Memories in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict”) – May 9, 2009
Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship – $6,000 – Summer 2005
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
The Center for Empathy in International Affairs (Associate)
May 2016 – present
The Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University (Affiliate)
October 2015 – present
Communication 455: Women and New Information Technologies
Communication 452: Race and Media
Communication 424: Colonialism, Culture, and Identity
Communication 362: Evaluation Methods for Applied Communication Research (co-taught)
Communication 331: News Discourse as Political Communication
Communication 347: Communication in Conflict and Intervention
Communication 321: The Cultural Production of Popular Music
Communication 304: Everyday Communication
Communication 262: Design and Method in Qualitative Communication Research
Communication 260: Empirical Methods for Communications Research
History 151: Modern Middle East
History 106: Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the 20th Century
Communication 452: Race and Media
INVITED PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS & GUEST LECTURES
Presenter (forthcoming) – ‘Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution.’ Rome, Italy: October 18-20, 2017.
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.
Presenter – ‘Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution.’ British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. London, England: March 7, 2016. Presentation/Paper: “Empathy & Beyond: Witnessing the Holocaust and the Nakba Through Photograph-based Storytelling.”
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.
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 (CPCC), Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, BC: April 17, 2015.
Roundtable Participant – ‘Communication & Global Power Shifts,’ Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication’s 40th Anniversary Conference. Vancouver, BC: June 8, 2013. Roundtable: “Researching Empire, Race and Colonialism; the Margins or the Centre of Communication Studies?”
Guest Lecturer – Communication 322: Documentary Media. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC: April 3, 2012. Lecture: “Joe Sacco’s Palestine: Comics Journalism as a Documentary Medium.”
Guest Speaker – History 335: Arab-Zionist Relations. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC: May 28, 2009. Presentation: “Being a Child of Palestinians in Diaspora – The Effects of the 1967 Arab/Israeli War.”
Guest Speaker – International Relations 109. University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC: January 26, January 29 and June 15, 2009. Presentation: “Orientalism and the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict – Exploring Silenced Historical Perspectives.”
Guest Lecturer – History 106: Western Civilization from the Reformation Era to the 20th Century. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC: March 31, 2005. Lecture: “An Introduction to the Life and Reforms of Atatürk the Founder of Modern Turkey.”
Presenter – ‘Another University Is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy,’ 13th Annual Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference. Riverside, Greater Los Angeles Area, CA: May 22, 2015. Presentation/Paper: “Worldliness and the Oppositional Public Intellectual: The Rewards and Challenges of Facilitating Palestinian/Israeli Peacebuilding Inside and Outside the University.”
Presenter – ‘Power and Democracy: The Many Voices of Oral History,’ XVIII International Oral History Association (IOHA) Conference. Barcelona, Spain: July 10, 2014. Presentation/Paper: “Reconciling the Traumas of the Holocaust and the Nakba: Peacebuilding Through Photograph-based Digital Storytelling.”
Presenter/Panel Chair – Annual Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Conference. Victoria, BC: June 5, 2013. Presentation/Paper: “Reconciling the Holocaust and the Nakba: Ethical Engagement and Witnessing Through Photograph-based Storytelling.”
Presenter (Second Prize) – Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC (MEICON-BC) 4th Annual Student Conference. Vancouver, BC: March 24, 2012. Presentation/Paper: “Memory, Storytelling and Publicness: An Arendtian Approach to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.”
Presenter – ‘Visual Research as a Collaborative and Participatory Practice,’ International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) Conference. Vancouver, BC: July 8, 2011. Presentation/Paper: “The Alternative Comic as Radical Media: A Visual and Documentary Analysis of Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza.”
Presenter – Annual Canadian Communication Association (CCA) Conference. Fredericton, NB: June 2, 2011. Presentation/Paper: “Negotiating Palestine Through the Familial Gaze: A Photographic (Post)memory Project.”
Presenter (First Prize) – Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC (MEICON-BC) 1st Annual Student Conference. Vancouver, BC: May 9, 2009. Presentation/Paper: “The Holocaust and the Nakba: Contending Collective Memories in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict.”
Presenter – Qualicum Graduate Conference. Qualicum, BC: January 29, 2005. Presentation/Paper: “Remembering and Forgetting: The Polysemous Nature of the Memorialization of Shaykh ‘Izz al-Din al-Qassam (d 1936).”
PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant to Zoë Druick (Undergraduate Chair), School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; January 2011 – April 2011.
Research Specialist, The History Group Inc., Vancouver, BC; September 2006 – August 2010.
Research Assistant to Dr. Robert A. Hackett, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; September 2003 – May 2004.
Research Assistant to Dr. Catherine A. Murray, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC; April 2002 – December 2002.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Manager, Entertainment Division, Nextlevel.com Inc. Vancouver, BC; July 1998 – January 2001.
On-air Shift Producer (Operator), CFOX 99.3 FM Vancouver, BC; May 1997 – October 1998.
Music Library Assistant, CFML 104.5 (cable/BCIT), Burnaby, BC; September 1997 – May 1998.
Publicity Assistant, Amar Management, Vancouver, BC; March 1996 – July 1998.
Publicity Assistant, Vocal Point Promotions, Publicity and Public Relations, Vancouver, BC; June 1995 – October 1995.
UNIVERSITY SERVICE & ENGAGEMENT
Served as the Graduate Student Representative for the SFU's School of Communication’s Aboriginal Communication and Media Studies Search Committee.
Served on SFU’s School of Communication’s 2015 Graduate Admissions Committee.
Guest speaker at the SFU’s School of Communication’s 2014 and 2013 SSHRC Workshops.
Former co-host of an hour long, biweekly radio program, aimed at discussing current events in the Middle East, which aired on Simon Fraser University’s campus radio station CJSF 90.1 FM from September 2004 to May 2005.
Panel participant for an information session on Simon Fraser University’s Master of Arts Program on May 31, 2005. Presentation: “What You Should Consider When Applying to Graduate School: A MA Student’s Perspective.”
Participated for three consecutive years in the Simon Fraser University Muslim Student Association’s Fast-A-Thon, which helps raise money for the campus Food Bank and Earthquake Relief Fund.
COMMUNITY & VOLUNTEER WORK
Periodically provide consultation to the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE).
Was an active 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.
Was an active 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.
Helped care for and supervise dogs at Be Cuz We Care Doggie Daycare from January 2011 to April 2011.
Acted as a steering committee member, core facilitator and volunteer for Peace It Together’s 2004 cohort (see above).
Participated in the CFML 104.5 Music Committee at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) from March 1997 – May 1998. This included writing a basic manual for the Selector Music scheduling program, which was used by new students in the institute’s radio broadcasting program.
Served as a publicity assistant for the Music West Conference & Trade Show in May 1995.
Successfully completed the Standard Digital Storytelling Workshop at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA from December 11-13, 2013.
Successfully completed French 198 – French for Reading Knowledge, Simon Fraser University, Spring 2006.
Audited Language 118 – Introduction to Persian I, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2005.
Attended a number of instructional workshops at Simon Fraser University’s Teaching Assistant and Tutor Marker Day in Fall 2005 and Fall 2010, which addressed topics such as helping students excel at essay writing, creatively motivating your students and dealing with grade appeals.
Volunteered at education and fundraising tables for the 2003 Terry Fox Run through the Simon Fraser University chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Available upon request.