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Iskandar Abdalla

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Born in Alexandria, Egypt. Studied history, film and Middle Eastern Studies. Currently a doctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. In his current research he focuses on the affective underpinnings of debating Islam and migration in Germany. His research interests encompass furthermore queerness, film and cultural history in the Arab world.

He is also a free translator, consultant and trainer for educational programmes on racism, antisemitism and gender. Since 2014 a film curator at the Arab Film Festival Berlin. In 2020 he produced his first video work titled “Balcony of my Dreams.” It was recently showcased in Haus der Kunst in Munich.

Iskandar is a co-founder of NAWARA, a collective of Berlin-based migrant researchers, artists and activists with ties to the NAWA region (North Africa and West Asia) committed to queer-feminist praxis and aiming at providing critical and interdisciplinary knowledge production on the region and its diaspora communities.


Grand Opening – The Middle East Union
Thu, 12. Aug // 20:00, BABYLON

Queeristan – The Queer Potential of the MEU
Sat, 14. Aug // 20:00, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin