Mette Edith Lundsfryd Stendevad

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PhD-candidate in Sociology

Graduate Research Assistant

School of Media, Communication & Sociology

University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH

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BSc Political Science and Arabic, University of Copenhagen, (Denmark)

Diploma in Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford, (UK)

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

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

PhD topic

Preliminary title: “Mothers, Daughters & Grandmothers as Narrators of History: Uncovering Stories Across Generations of Palestinian Women Born in Syria”

Final year of study

Brief Description of PhD topic

Through developing innovative methodologies of oral herstory this doctoral work uncovers narratives and experiences of displaced Palestinian women born in Syria across the Middle East and Europe, to illustrate the way in which the structural discriminative settings in different national contexts exceed national borders and reverberate for multiple generations. My research illustrates intersecting challenges of being stateless, female, and refugee, illustrates a “prolonged, transgenerational, and cross-continental marginalisation” of Palestinian women from Syria, while also highlighting their attempts to negotiate their rights to belong in their host country, as well as to return to Palestine.

Knowledge about the stateless Palestinian population of Syria is limited, and the experiences of Palestinian women particularly remains uncovered within academia and oral history archives. This study argues that the loss of Syria as a safe home affects Palestinian woman born in Syria in multiple complex ways. The results are based on women’s oral herstory based in a decolonial intersectional feminist epistemologies centralised in Palestine Studies.

PhD Supervisors

Professor Leah Bassel (external)

Professor Clare Andersson (History)

Professor John Goodwin


Lundsfryd Stendevad, Mette Edith. (2020) "“What We Lost In Syria, We Had Already Lost In Palestine:” Uncovering Stories Across Generations of Palestinian Women Born in Syria", Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support. doi: 10.28943/CSR.004.011

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 Publications.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Researcher Internship 2020 (Forskerpraktik 2020). Teaching course Oral History as an Anti-racist Intersectional Feminist Praxis. Nørre Gymnasium and Christianshavns Gymnasium, Copenhagen, (Denmark)

Lundsfryd Stendevad, M. (2020). “Palestinian Women Born in Syria as Narrators of History”. Online Panel Debate with Buthaina Shaheen and Zainab Khalil: “Multiple and Diverse Narratives on Feminism from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Contribution to Talk Town Festival, Copenhagen, with The Syrian Cultural Institute in Denmark.

Lundsfryd Stendevad, M. (2020).  “Women Coming to Words. Palestinian Women Born in Syria as Narrators of History”. Presented at New Directions in Media and Sociology Research Conference 2020: Gender, Equality and Voice, University of Leicester.

Lundsfryd Stendevad, M. (2020). Poster presentation at University of Leicester Doctoral College. Poster Title: Women’s Oral Histories. (number 34). DC Week 2020 Poster Competition.

Lundsfryd Stendevad, M. (2019). Panel Discussion: “Lebanon, Syria and Palestine: Colonial Histories between a Durable Presence and Present”.  Paper title: A Gendered Historiography of Palestine. Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Lundsfryd, M. (2018). Activist Academic: Teaching Arabic. In course: Migration & Multiculturalism: Global/Local Dialogues on Refugees & Western Nations”. Lincoln (Nebraska): The Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, organised by Professor Lory J. Dance.

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

Symposium. (2017) (Re)connecting Struggles a one-day workshop organised by University of Leicester PhD students, Sara Thornton, Mirjam Twigt and Mette Edith Lundsfryd. The symposium explored ongoing struggles related to issues such as colonisation, gender inequality and racism. Videos of key-note presentations can be found here

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 European University in Budapest (CEU)

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