Jaafar Alloul

Jaafar Alloul holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the Belgian University of Ghent, along with a European (Erasmus Mundus) MA in social science with a focus on Migration Studies, coordinated by the German University of Oldenburg. He concluded academic exchanges in the EU and Middle East (University of Barcelona, Birzeit University). He is enrolled in a joint PhD program (2015-19) in social anthropology at the Belgian University of KU Leuven and the Dutch University of Amsterdam, working on migration, minorities and marriage dynamics in the EU and the Arab Gulf/Dubai. He has published in e.g. Middle East Critique.



Alloul, Jaafar (forthcoming, 2018) ‘Can the Muhajir Speak? European Syria Fighters & the Digital Un/Making of Home’, in: de Koning, M., Fadil, N. & Ragazzi, F. (eds.) Narratives of De/Radicalisation: Critical Approaches from Belgium and the Netherlands. 2018 (I.B. Tauris)



Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Mobilizing Global Skills in Dubai: European Expats Transferring Skills, Converting Capital & Remaking Race through Cross-Border Labor Migration’, presentation at conference: ‘The Question of Skills in Cross-Border Labor Mobility’ (Panel: ‘Acquiring Skills 1: Navigating Boundaries and Inequalities’), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 20 September 2018.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘There is no friction here’: Racial Stuckedness in Europe & Status Migration to Dubai’, presentation at the annual conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA): ‘Staying, Moving, Settling’ (Panel: ‘The (im)mobility of race: European perspectives’, Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 August 2018.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Leaving Europe’ as a Strategy for Social Mobility: Mapping the ‘Status Migration’ of Second-Generation Maghrebi Minorities from Western Europe to Dubai’, presentation at conference of the German Sociological Association (DGS): ‘Once on the Move, Always on the Move? Mobility after Migration’, Zentrum/Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, Germany, 21 May-1 June 2018.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Dubai as Heterotopia: Liminal Notes on the ‘Status Migration’ of European Maghrebi-Muslim Minority Publics to a ‘Cosmopolitan’ City’, presentation at Annual MESA/Middle East Studies Association conference (Panel: ‘Workers Across Borders: Labor, Migration, and Class’), Washington D.C., USA, 19 November 2017.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Between ‘Hijra’ and ‘Expat’: Migratory Perceptions of the UAE among ‘Second Generation’ Maghrebi-Muslims in Europe’, presentation at the Annual GRM/Gulf Research Meeting (Panel: ‘The Arab Gulf in the West: Perceptions and Realities; Opportunities and Perils’), University of Cambridge, UK, 2 August, 2017.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Muslimness as Race in Europe: Grasping the Contours of Racial Transformation Through a Case Study on Emigration Motives of Second Generation Maghrebi-Muslims’, presentation at the ISSR/International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference (Annual theme: ‘Religion, Cooperation and Conflict in Diverse Societies’; Panel: ‘Muslims and Race in Europe’), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 6 July, 2017.

Alloul, Jaafar, ‘Redefining Home: Transnational Practices of European Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and Montréal’, presentation at Zayed University, Dubai Campus, February 17, 2016.





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