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Dr Nadeen Dakkak

Lecturer in world and postcolonial literatures


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I joined the University of Exeter as Lecturer in World and Postcolonial Literatures in September 2022. Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh in 2021-2022. I did my doctoral research at the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. 

My research is focused on the literary and cultural implications of migration to the Arab Gulf States. I am interested in how experiences of migration for work in the Gulf as well as experiences of exclusion and belonging amongst long-term multi-generational migrant communities are tackled in works of literature and popular culture. I am also interested in how Gulf spaces are imagined and depicted by migrant writers. I work on Arabic fiction as well as fiction published in English or available in translation. 

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My research is interested in how migration in the Gulf States has been tackled in works of literature and culture. I have focused on Arabic fiction as well as novels and short stories published in English, or available in translation. These predominantly narrate the stories of migrants from Arab countries, South Asia and Southeast Asia. I have also looked at popular culture productions that have emerged from the Gulf in response to experiences of marginalization amongst migrant workers. 

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  • Dakkak N. (2019) Migrant Labour, Immobility and Invisibility in Literature on the Arab Gulf States, Mobilities, Literature, Culture, Palgrave Macmillan.

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