Dr. Ali Sonay

Assistant Lecturer, Study Coordination at all Levels, Mobility Coordinator

Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
by arrangement via email
  • Since February 2021: Assistant lecturer at the Institute for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology at the University of Bern (CH)
  • Sept. 2018 - January 2021:Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Middle Eastern Studies Program at the University of Basel (CH)
  • April 2015 - August 2017: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge–Al Jazeera Media Project, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • July 2011 - April 2015: Research Fellow at the Departments of Arabic Studies and Middle Eastern Politics, Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), Philipps-University Marburg (DEU). Thesis title: Making Revolution in Egypt: The April 6 Youth Movement in a Global Context
  • Oct. 2004 - July 2010:

    Magister Artium: Political Science, Islamic Studies and Economics, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Thesis title: Die kurdische Autonomie im Nordirak seit 1991 und die Implikationen regionaler Politik [The Kurdish Autonomous Region in Northern Iraq since 1991 and the Implications for Regional Politics]

  • State, Public Sphere(s) and Technology: A History of Modern Middle Eastern Media Systems. 
  • “A War of Series”? Middle Eastern History between Competing Narratives in Turkish and Arab Television Dramas.
  • Editor of the Arabic press section of a special issue on the press in the late Ottoman Empire, to be published by the open-access Journal Kebikeç (forthcoming, 2022): https://kebikecdergi.org
  • Media Systems in Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.
  • Technological change and societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region).
  • Social movements in the MENA region
  • Modern history of ideas in the MENA region
  • Sufism

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