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Josepha Wessels
Senior Lecturer

Joshka Wessels is a documentary filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Communication for Development at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Faculty of Culture and Society.

She teaches at the MA degree course on Communication for Development (ComDev) and is currently carrying out two Swedish Research council funded research projects on 1) Resilience in Urban Sudan and 2) Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden. She is in the final stages of an ethnographic film project, with support from the Crafoord Foundation, documenting life histories of Syrian refugees over a period of 20 years. In 2019, she published a landmark book on the history of Syrian Documentary cinema and video activism with IB Tauris/Bloomsbury UK.

Joshka is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at Saint Andrews University in the UK and affiliated researcher to the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and the Virtual Reality Lab, both at Lund University in Sweden. She has a MA in Visual Ethnography, from Leiden University, PhD in Human Geography from the University of Amsterdam and has carried out postdoctoral research at Lund University on hydropolitics in the Jordan River Basin and the University of Copenhagen on Syrian video activism.

Between 1997 and 2002, she lived in the Old city of Aleppo and carried out visual ethnographic fieldwork in northern Syria and Damascus country-side, for her PhD dissertation.

Her work has been published in the The Conversation, Open Democracy, the Middle East Institute, the Middle-East Journal of Culture and Communication, Middle-East Critique, Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Hydrological Sciences Journal and the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

Research centres

MIM - Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare pil show

Research platforms

Rethinking Democracy pil show

Faculties and departments

Faculty of Culture and Society pil show
School of Arts and Communication pil show

Contact details
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Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
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  • Between 2002 and 2012, Joshka was a freelance documentary filmmaker, running her own production company, Sapiens Productions, with work broadcast on the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

    Joshka speaks Dutch, English, Syrian Arabic, Swedish, French and German

    She has extensive field travel experience in Sudan/Darfur, Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, Yemen, North-Iraq, Iran as well as Jamaica, Haiti, Surinam, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

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