Mette Edith Lundsfryd Stendevad

Mette Edith Lundsfryd Stendevad

Interdisciplinary PhD-candidate Sociology / History

Graduate Research Assistant Media ,Communication, & Sociology
University of Leicester
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Leicester LE1 7RH

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BSc Political Sceince and Arabic, University of Copenhagne, (Denmark)

Diploma of Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford, (U.K.)

1 year MA in Arabic and Oral History, American University of Beirut, (Lebanon)

MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, (Sweden)(2014) Completed with distinction.

PhD topic

Grandmother, Mothers and Daughters as Narrators of History: The case of Palestinian Syrian Women and Girls

Second Year of Study

Brief Description of PhD topic

My doctoral project focuses on women who are Palestinians from Syria and document stories and experiences of the stateless Palestinian population through women’s oral history writing as an activist practice (Gluck 1977, Sayigh 1998 and 2014).

Palestinian refugees arrived in Syria between 1947 and 1951 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war and the eviction from Palestine (Al-Hardan, 2016) – known in Arabic as the 1948 Al-Nakba (In Arabic Al-Nakba means the catastrophe. The phrase refers to the mass eviction of Palestinians from Palestine during the Arab- Israeli war in 1948 and the on-going statelessness of the Palestinian people.) Persons labeled stateless “Palestine Refugees” were resettled in nine refugee camps throughout the Western part of Syria (Palestinian Refugees Portal, November 2016, UNRWA 2016). Until 2011 Palestinian Syrians amounted to 3 pct. of the multi ethnic and multi religious Syrian population. Today at least 160.000 Palestinians of Syria live outside Syrian territory (Palestinian Refugees Portal, November 2016).

Through my research design I explore with the participants their critique of the constant crisis and the different ways of speaking back to the ongoing history of violence in Syria, the eviction from historical Palestine, forced separation, statelessness, borders, and violence, come from females, who are forced to live separated and disconnected (some still in Syria, some scattered in different European countries or beyond, some by death). The record of histories focuses on a cross-generational group of women, across continents, who tell valuable stories about their memories of life and community in Syria, life in refuge and how to continue living in disconnection. The women wom participate in the research project have been separated from their families by checkpoints, international borders and legal frameworks - separated geographically between e.g. Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, the U.K., Denmark and Germany (etc.) - separated by languages, technologies, and cultures - separated by communities and different local policies and border regimes.

PhD Supervisors

Dr. Leah Bassel (external)

Professor Clare Andersson

Professor John Goodwin


Lundsfryd, Mette Edith. (2017). “Speaking Back to a World of Checkpoints. Oral History as a Decolonizing Tool in The study of Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon”. Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies. 2(1), pp. 5-26

Lundsfryd Heide-Jørgensen, M. (2014). A World of Checkpoints : Border Crossing Experiences of Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon. MA Thesis. Lund University [Accessed 12 Dec. 2018]

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Lundsfryd, M. (2016). Forms of Resistance in a World of Checkpoints: Experiences of Palestinian Refugees from Syria. In: Challenging the Political Beyond and Across Borders. Possibilities and Tensions Of Migrants and Solidarity Struggles, Budapest, Central Europenan University in Budapest (CEU)
  • Lundsfryd Stendevad, M.. (2018). Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters as Narrators of History: The Case of Palestinian Syrian Women. In: VANDA, Global Palestine- Research approaches beyond national frames. Vienna: University of Vienna, 2-3
  • Lundsfryd, M. (2018). Activist Academic: Teaching Arabic. In: Migration & Multiculturalism: Global/Local Dialogues on Refugees & Western Nations.

Lincoln (Nebraska): The Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Linco with Professor Lory J. Dance.

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