Mona Abdel-Fadil, PhD
Mona Abdel-Fadil holds a PhD from the Universtiy of Oslo (2012) and is currently a researcher at
Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence (C-REX), at the University of Oslo. Her current research focuses on Islam- and immigrant critical voices in Norwegian online debates about religion
and culture, particularly among conservative Christians. This research seeks to understand the mediatized dynamics of emotionally charged, polarized, identity politics, and develop a conceptual framework of the politics of affect.
Mona Abdel-Fadil also offers tailored diversity training to practicioners.
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Mona Abdel-Fadil's current ethnopraphic research explores the multiple ways in which social media users may contribute to amplifying or reducing mediatized conflicts about religion. While Abdel-Fadil's current research focuses on online religion & identity politcs in Scandinavia, much of her previous research focused primarily on contemporary Islam, gender, and the Middle East.
Cultural & Religious Diversity: Politics of Affect: Christianity & Identity Politics on Facebook; Religion, Conflict and Media; Media, Culture and Society; Media Anthropology; Online Religion; Contemporary Islam and Islamism; Gender relations; Cross-Cultural Counselling Psychology; Anthropology of the Middle East; Egypt – Politics and Society; Migration and Displacement; Satire
Disseminating research to the general public, is something Mona Abdel-Fadil is passionate about.
The collaborative blog Religion: Going Public is one such effort. Mona Abdel-Fadil is Editor in Chief of Religion: Going Public Blog together with Helge Årsheim. The blog draws on a unique collaboration with the illustrator Øyvind Westgård. Mona Abdel-Fadil designed and headed the The New Public Outreach Strategies for Research on Religious Controversies project (2016-2017) a public scholarship project designed with the aim of reaching broader publics in innovative ways, and funded by The Research Council of Norway. The Researching Religious Controversies Conference of 2016 was part of the initative. Mona Abdel-Fadil was initiater, project manager, and artistic director, of the flagship event Laugh or Die/ Le eller Dø (May 2017) about religion, humour. and fear. Laugh or Die featured a combination of academics and artists comedic output on-topic. The satirical promo material, website, and show, were hailed for the innovative blurring of comedy and scholarship.
In 2016 Mona Abdel-Fadil was the guest editor of Cyber Orient’s special issue
on Constructing and Consuming Gender through Media and Mona Abdel-Fadil will be the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Religion Digital Media and Culture on the theme 'Religious Controversies', togther with Helge Årsheim, due to be published in 2019.
Mona Abdel-Fadil is currently researching and teaching on the topic Media, Conflict, and Religion, at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. Her postdoctoral research (2015-18) was in conjunction with the SAMKUL project: Engaging with Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments - A Comparative Scandinavian Study (CoMRel). CoMRel is headed by Professor Knut Lundby. Abdel-Fadil's subproject seeks to examine the multiple ways in which users of social media play into the constructions of public religious discourse in connection with mediatized conflicts about religion. The goal is to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between media and religion, through an in-depth study of audience interactions and the internal dynamics of a particular online milieu. Drawing on rich empirical material from the Norwegian Facebook page: Yes to wearing the cross whenever and wherever I choose, this subproject aims to provide new insights on the multiple ways in which media audiences discuss and shape debates on media and religion.Her online ethnography led her to anlayse the role of emotion in greater detail.
She earned her PhD from the University of Oslo in 2012. Abdel-Fadil has a background in Social Anthropology, Middle East Area Studies, Religious Studies and Multicultural studies. Her PhD dissertation: Living 'the Message' and Empowering Muslim Selves: A Behind the Screens Study of Online Islam, draws on a combination of offline fieldwork and online research. The study of Islam Online served as Abdel-Fadil's introduction to the field of Media and Religion. She has been the coordinator the Nordic Network for Media and Religion, since 2011.
Mona Abdel-Fadil has designed and taught two BA Anthropology of the Middle East Courses on 'Gender and Family' and 'Culture and Society', for the University of Oslo (2003 and 2012),, and teaching part of the MA course Media, Religion and Conflict at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo (2015 and 2016). Mona Abdel-Fadil has published several articles on gender relations, contemporary Islam and media and religion in both English and Norwegian. In addition to having held academic positions at the University of Oslo (2002, 2009-2012), she recently held a one year position as a Senior Researcher at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (2013). She has published several articles on gender relations and contemporary Islam in both English and Norwegian. Mona Abdel-Fadil has blogged regularly about transitions in Post-Mubarak Egypt (New Middle East Blog). Abdel-Fadil is affiliated to several international Middle East Journals and Media Journals, and is one of the founding members of Babylon, the Scandinavian Journal of the Middle East, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Mona Abdel-Fadil is one of the founders and regular contributors to the blog Religion: Going Public.
Mona Abdel-Fadil has taught. trained, and counselled a number of professionals, ranging from social workers to teachers and psychologists on how to better their communication in cross-cultural settings.She also has extensive experience of working with the resetlement of refugees and training staff in this field. She tailors her courses to different professions and target groups. Mona Abdel-Fadil also offers one on one or groups counselling sessions and tailored course packages.
Religion: Going Public aims to disseminate relevant research findings to wider audiences, and engage with and inform contemporary public debates on religion and society.
Editor in Chief & Head of Communications: Mona Abdel-Fadil
Editor in Chief: Helge Årsheim
Members of Editorial Board: Ragna Lillevik, Audun Toft and Erlend H. From