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Nayrouz Abu Hatoum

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7381
Availability: By appointment.

Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Concordia University. She was the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University for 2018/2019. She was also the recipient of the2018 Leonhard-Woltjer postdoctoral award in the History and Art History Department at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from York University, Toronto, where she also worked on theories in visual anthropology, urban politics, landscape, borders, bureaucracy and state violence. Her research explores visual politics in Palestine and the Israeli state and focuses on people’s place-making and dwelling practices in contexts of settler colonialism and military occupation. Her ethnographic manuscript The Art of Unsettling Visual Politics: Decolonizing The Palestinian Landscape After the Wall (work in progress), investigates the visual politics of engagement with the landscape in Palestine. The book follows Palestinian artists who work with visual and performance art as sites of political sovereignty and liberation. Abu Hatoum is a founding member of Insaniyyat- Society of Palestinian Anthropologists. In addition to English, she is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew.



Abu Hatoum, Nayrouz. 2021. “Decolonizing [in the] Future: Scenes of Palestinian Temporality.” Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 0 (0): 1–16.

Abu Hatoum, Nayrouz. 2021. “For ‘a No-State yet to Come’: Palestinian Urban Place-Making in Kufr Aqab, Jerusalem.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 4 (1): 85–108.

Abu Hatoum, Nayrouz. 2019. “Unsettling Visual Politics: Militarized Borders in the Work of Palestinian Artist Raeda Saadeh.” American Quarterly 71 (4): 1059–67.

Abu Hatoum, Nayrouz. 2018. “Reclaiming Jerusalem: Palestinians’ Informalized Place‐Making.” City & Society 30 (November).

Abu Hatoum, Nayrouz. 2017. “Framing Visual Politics: Photography of the Wall in Palestine.” Visual Anthropology Review 33 (1): 18–27.

Book Chapters

Equal authorship with Ghaida Moussa
"Becoming Through Others: Western Queer Self-Fashioning and Solidarity with Queer Palestine." In Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto,  edited by Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, and Syrus Marcus Ware, with Río Rodríguez, 169-186. University of Toronto Press, 2018.

“Trajectories of Crossings.” In Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance, edited by Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa, 138–50. Inanna Publications, 2014.

Book Reviews

Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space, by Sharri Plonski. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. Journal of Palestine Studies 49(3), 2020.

Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror, by Fields, Gary, Oakland: University of California Press. 2017. Journal of Palestine Studies,  47, no. 3 (2017): 117-119. 

Dwelling in Conflict: Negev Landscapes and the Boundaries of Belonging, by Emily McKee. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Journal of Palestine Studies 45, no. 4 (2016): 83–84.

Arab Spring: Uprisings, Powers, Interventions Ed. by Kjetil Fosshagen. Anthropologica 57, no. 1 (2015): 262–63.


Teaching activities


Popular Culture in the Middle East- ANTH/SOCI 322
Honours Essay Seminar- ANTH495
Decolonizing Anthropology Seminar- ANTH 601


Field Research - ANTH 315 
Urban Regions - 
Visual Anthropology - ANTH 377


Field Research- ANTH 315
History of Anthropological Thought- ANTH 301

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