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Joel W. Abdelmoez is a PhD candidate in comparative politics in the Middle East, and researches activism, feminist movements and transnationalism, with a particular focus on Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Joel is a former adjunct and director of studies for Middle Eastern studies at Stockholm University. He has a BA and MA in Middle Eastern studies from Stockholm University and an MPhil in multidisciplinary gender studies from the University of Cambridge.

Joel's research deals with contentious politics and feminist activism in the contemporary Middle East. Combining feminist political theory and social movement theory with performance studies, Joel is particularly interested in the use of performativity as a tool for social and political change, as well as on transnational feminism and international solidarity work. His research also deals with the intersection of gender politics and media representation, both in terms of news media, social media and popular culture, and he has previously published on LGBTQ+ organizations in the Arab world, military masculinity in Egyptian media, and on the history of popular, nationalist "operettas" in Egypt.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Feminist activism
  • gender politics
  • queer theory
  • masculinities
  • contentious politics
  • media studies
  • performance studies
  • performativity


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